Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung's latest Galaxy S4 phone is seen during its launch at the Radio City Music Hall in New York March 14, 2013Reuters

With only hours left for the Google sponsored developers conclave I/O 2013 to kick off, a new report has emerged that the search engine giant might unveil the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition with stock Android OS.

Technology website citing its source has revealed that Samsung and Google have joined hands to "address a growing group of users that prefer stock Android on something other than a Nexus," and that a pure AOSP (Android Open Source Project) variant of the Galaxy S4 is being prepped for the launch and will be unveiled during the I/O keynote.

The website further claimed that the new Google Edition Galaxy S4 is expected to hit the markets in early June and will be available on T-Mobile bands in the US. But details of its price are unclear as well as whether Galaxy S4 GE will sold by Samsung or through the Google Play store like the Nexus smartphone.

The above rumour seems to have some credibility as Google had done something similar in the past. The company had launched limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS at I/O 2011.

In a related news, Samsung is also rumoured to launch three more Galaxy S4 variants - one with 16-megapixel camera, Galaxy S4 Zoom, a smaller version dubbed Galaxy S4 Mini, and the rugged Galaxy S4 Active, which boasts water and dust-proof body case to take on Sony's flagship Xperia Z. 

Quick Links