This is the new Nexus: a first look at Samsung’s Galaxy S4 with stock Android


The best cellphone hardware has been crippled by manufacturer and carrier bloatware and skins, and Google’s Nexus lineup has been hamstrung by a lack of LTE and somewhat inadequate specifications. But we’ve just gotten a look at the big surprise of Google’s I/O keynote, a Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android, and suddenly we have visions of a world in which we don’t have to choose between features and design, between timely updates and cutting-edge specs.

We tracked down Android VP Hugo Barra as he traipsed around the Moscone Center, and grilled him about his S4 while snapping a few pictures along the way. Details are still somewhat scant — as is what’s sure to be an interesting backstory — but Barra said simply that “it’s pretty…

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