Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE Bears an Uncanny Resemblance to Google Nexus 4 Made by LG!

When the Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was released by the Korean tech giant sometime in 2013, it bore an uncanny resemblance to the LG-made Google Nexus 4, reports the GSM Arena.

Also described by critics as a shameless poser, the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE embodies everything worth admiring from both worlds including timely updates, unblemished stock Android experience, the highest-grade hardware money can buy, and expandable storage.

Although a mere copycat, the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE actually made the Google Nexus 4 manufactured by LG looked like it should be in the minor league.

In fact, some fans note that with one swift blow, Samsung managed to create a mouth-watering Nexus smartphone, featuring some really hot hardware coupled with the latest software bundle.

When the GPE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 came out, the base model has already sold 10 million units worldwide. Thus, many were saying that the variant will hardly make an impact notwithstanding its high price tag and limited availability.

Eventually, it turned out that the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE was an offshoot of the Samsung-Google alliance which was meant basically to bring Full HD Super AMOLED and expandable storage to the sanctity of stock Android.

Galaxy S4 Features and Specs

When the Samsung Galaxy S4 came out in 2013, it was running on Android 4.2.2 Jellybean OS, which became upgradeable up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

The smartphone features a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive screen with pixel density of about 441 ppi, notes Mysmartprice.

It also features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper.

In terms of power under the hood, it sports a 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.

It has plenty of connectivity options including GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, Infrared, NFC, and USB. It is also being supported by a 2,600 mAH lithium-ion battery that can provide a continuous talk time of up to 17 hours.

Custom-based Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Samsung no longer included the Galaxy S4, its 2013 flagship smartphone, on the roster of its mobile devices to receive Google’s latest mobile operating system, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Officially, the mobile OS of Samsung Galaxy S4 has been updated by the Korean tech giant up to the Android 5.0 Lollipop which it made early this year, or a few months after it officially rolled out in November last year.

Considering how popular the Samsung Galaxy S4 is and the millions of users holding on to the device even if it is already more than two years old, XDA developers immediately recognized the need to update it to have the latest OS.

Thus, even when Samsung no longer released an official update after Android 5.0 Lollipop, custom ROMs based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and Android 5.1 Lollipop were developed and released during the year.

But the custom ROM updating of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has not stopped with the Android 5.1 Lollipop as a new custom ROM based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop was developed early this month.

The custom ROM is called OrionLP and it has become available and ready for installation to Samsung Galaxy S4 bearing the model number I9500.

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Galaxy S4 users can check the variant or model number of their units by going to the phone’s setting and checking on About Phone where they can see the model number as one of the information available about the device.

With the availability of the custom ROM based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S4, it is likely that a custom ROM based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow will also be developed a few months after Samsung completes the release of the update on its latest mobile devices early next year.

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