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

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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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