Now that the successor
to the most popular Android phone of all time is out, here's a bit of unexpected S4 news for you all. According to numerous reports (including this one
from TechCrunch), come June 26th, Google will start to offer an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android.
"The S4 is not only carrier unlocked, but it also has a fully unlocked bootloader. That means that owners of the device can load their own software on to the device, including things like CyanogenMod, which allows for extremely deep device software customization options. In other words, this new unlocked S4 will essentially be the ultimate developer plaything, but again it's likely to have more or less niche appeal because of the high price tag."
That price tag? $649, available on both AT&T and T-Mobile. I'll throw this question out to all of you: Would you spend this much for [arguably] the most powerful smartphone without the [arguably] most annoying manufacturer skin (Samsung's TouchWiz)?