No doubt, Google I/O conference would be the biggest focus these days. But simply from today’s 3-hour keynote of Google I/O, we have to say that this Google I/O conference is not a conference for hardware. Previously there’re reports and rumors that Google would announce X Phone or next Nexus 4, which now have been proved to be rumors only. The only hardware appearing on Google I/O is so called Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S 4, which is powered by stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, while the current Samsung Galaxy S 4 of the phone which runs Samsung's TouchWiz UI over Android 4.2.2.
It’s reported that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be available next month and will support T-Mobile's bands. We do not know at this point if the phone will be sold in the Google Play Store and what the pricing will be. Previous speculation had a newer version of the Google Nexus 4 being unveiled at Google I/O with 32GB of native storage and 4G LTE connectivity. That phone still might be unwrapped on Wednesday.
What makes a Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 so interesting is that for the last year, there has been some talk that Google was getting wary of Samsung's domination of the Android platform with the outstanding success of both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II. Speculation had started that the Tizen OS was eventually going to replace Android as the operating system found on most high-end Samsung smartphones. Instead, this alleged cooperation between the Korean manufacturer and Google seems to be making a statement, especially since it would take place on a fairly big stage like Google I/O.