If we trust the saying of Russell Holly from Geek.com, than Samsung and Google are preparing a very big surprise for the I/O event tomorrow. Currently Samsung's Galaxy S4 is running on its own version of Android with TouchWiz and other software owned by the company. Based on a rumor, that seems to be very reliable though, the two tech giants are going to launch a Google Edition of the S4 that will run on an AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROM, the same as with the Nexus devices. You know how many people like Nexus devices because of the stock Android which is a lot lighter and with less bloated software. In an attempt to serve those people, Samsung and Google will announce tomorrow at the big developer's conference I/O a different version of the S4 that will have the same specifications and hardware as any S4 but with an AOSP Android firmware installed. For now, the only option if people want an AOSP ROM installed on non-Nexus devices or other Samsung phones, is to install a custom Rom such as CyanogenMod. According to Geek.com, this version of the S4 will be available in June through the T-Mobile brand. Also it is unknown if the device will be available through Play Store or not. I personally prefer stock Android in exchange of Samsung's TouchWiz firmwares, so if this proves to be true, then I will definitely consider getting one.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool