With just a few hours to go before Google’s I/O, rumors about what we can expect at the event continue to trickle in. Sticking to that tradition, the folks at Geek.com now claim to have credible information that Google is going to announce a new version of Samsung’s latest flagship phone called the Galaxy S4 Google Edition or Galaxy S4 GE. Also Read - Latest Android 12 leak shows tons of never seen before features; here's a look
The Galaxy S4 GE is said to be exactly the same as the original Galaxy S4, except that it will be running on stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and also sport a customized back cover having a “With Google” logo. The device, according to the source, is said to be targeted at a growing group of users that prefer stock Android on something other than a Nexus. Also Read - Google is back with its annual I/O developer conference, virtual event to begin on May 18
This, if you remember is not the first time Google has done something like this with Samsung. A couple of years back at the I/O 2011, Google had done a similar thing where it gave the 5,000-odd people gathered a limited-edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which ran on stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb without Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. Google might very well be planning to pull off a similar stunt tonight with the Galaxy S4 GE.
The report further adds that, the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be released commercially in June in collaboration with T-Mobile in the US. There is no word on how or when it will be available globally.