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Old 15-05-2013, 09:52
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Here is the article I read.

I wonder if this is true? I think it sounds too good to be true tbh.
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Old 15-05-2013, 10:02
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Certainly be popular in some quarters without doubt I may even be tempted as I was a little disappointed with the n4 but this is best of both worlds maybe
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Old 15-05-2013, 11:14
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Thats a terrible website. Cant read a bloody thing on mobile. Img and feats all over the plave.
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Old 15-05-2013, 11:24
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I think it sounds too good to be true tbh.
yes, that was my conclusion. nice idea though!
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Old 15-05-2013, 11:25
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Thats a terrible website. Cant read a bloody thing on mobile. Img and feats all over the plave.
here's android authority's report
http://www.androidauthority.com/gala...dition-209440/
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Old 15-05-2013, 11:27
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yes, that was my conclusion. nice idea though!
Whats in it for Google, for doing this? It will kill off their Nexus line surely?

Or Samsung could just go this alone couldn't they? I can't see google playing an active hand in this at all.
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Old 15-05-2013, 11:28
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Not a bad idea, actually. Touchwiz is awful imo.
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Old 15-05-2013, 11:34
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Whats in it for Google, for doing this? It will kill off their Nexus line surely?
I would imagine Google would love it if all manufacturers offered vanilla Android. more consistency, speedier updates, more focus on Google services rather than manufacturer tie-ins.

If it meant that the (not-particularly profitable) Nexus line could be retired, I think they'd be ok with that.
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Old 15-05-2013, 12:11
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I put CM10 on my S3 now and again but I always go back to touchwiz. It looks and feels better, and has no bugs.

Buying an S4 with touchwiz and an easy option to change to aosp without bricking it would be better.
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Old 15-05-2013, 12:20
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Whats in it for Google, for doing this? It will kill off their Nexus line surely?

Or Samsung could just go this alone couldn't they? I can't see google playing an active hand in this at all.
Why would this kill the Nexus line? Every Nexus phone is by definition a developers device, this new S4 would not be that although it would no doubt be popular with them.
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Old 15-05-2013, 12:25
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I put CM10 on my S3 now and again but I always go back to touchwiz. It looks and feels better, and has no bugs.

Buying an S4 with touchwiz and an easy option to change to aosp without bricking it would be better.
Each to their own but I don't think many power users like the way that TW makes Jelly Bean look like Gingerbread.

There is no reason why Samsung couldn't offer much of their crap as removable apps allowing the consumer choice. There is no excuse for spoiling the classy Holo look of Android with how they modify all the menus etc. And if they did that the updates would roll out much more quickly.
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Old 15-05-2013, 12:53
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Can't see what Samsung would get out of this as they want you to use Touch Wiz as that is their selling point.
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Old 15-05-2013, 13:20
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Can't see what Samsung would get out of this as they want you to use Touch Wiz as that is their selling point.
not really any different to them making the Galaxy Nexus though is it?
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Old 15-05-2013, 14:09
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not really any different to them making the Galaxy Nexus though is it?
Then better to just make a nexus then! why have an S4 where they championed all these features, and then have another phone called an S4, which is no different from a nexus which is cheaper?? what is the point?
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Old 15-05-2013, 14:23
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Then better to just make a nexus then! why have an S4 where they championed all these features, and then have another phone called an S4, which is no different from a nexus which is cheaper?? what is the point?
maybe it won't be called the s4
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Old 15-05-2013, 14:23
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This is very interesting.

I have a Nexus S as a spare phone, made by Samsung, very good phone still.

Would like the S4 without all the guff...

I wonder how much this might cost ?
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Old 15-05-2013, 15:19
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An unlocked AOSP LTE device is a very attractive idea. And many will appreciate the option of expandable storage as well. I bet an AOSP S4 would have slightly more usable storage compared to the bloaty TW version.

Sony has set the precedent here with putting the Xperia S (and now I believe the Z as well) in the AOSP fold. It would be interesting to see how this has worked out for anyone who has made the switch to pure Google. The advantage of the Sony way is that any supported device can just flash to AOSP. I wonder if Sammy will offer that option?

Come on HTC are you watching?
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Old 15-05-2013, 15:21
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If it does happen it will probably (?) get updates quicker (?)
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Old 15-05-2013, 15:34
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If it does happen it will probably (?) get updates quicker (?)
Yes updates will appear far quicker than on a skinned version of Android.
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Old 15-05-2013, 16:11
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not really any different to them making the Galaxy Nexus though is it?
And that's maybe one reason they don't make it now - -they have gone their own way.
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Old 15-05-2013, 17:46
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Then better to just make a nexus then! why have an S4 where they championed all these features, and then have another phone called an S4, which is no different from a nexus which is cheaper?? what is the point?
It's called choice!!
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Old 15-05-2013, 17:54
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Confirmed by Google now.
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Old 15-05-2013, 17:58
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$649 unlocked from the US Play Store.
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Old 15-05-2013, 18:02
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$649 unlocked from the US Play Store.
That's quite expensive.

I can't see why anyone would pick it over a Nexus 4 tbh.
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Old 15-05-2013, 18:10
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That's quite expensive.

I can't see why anyone would pick it over a Nexus 4 tbh.
Samsung won't give it to Google subsidised because they would rather people buy the touchwiz version but hopefully it's the start of manufactures offering vanilla versions because I think they is a big market of people that don't want android skins.
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