Samsung Galaxy S4 with vanilla Android announced

Google has announced that it will offer the Samsung Galaxy S4 running a vanilla version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean through its Google Play store for $649.

Hugo Barra, vice-president of Android product management, said that the device is not locked to a particular carrier and will support Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

It will also have an unlocked bootloader, and feature 16GB of internal storage.

As with Google’s Nexus devices, Barra highlighted that this version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will receive system updates promptly with every Android update.

Samsung recently launched the non-LTE version of the Galaxy S4 in South Africa, with retailers asking between R8,000 and R9,000 for it.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 with vanilla Android announced