While not a new Nexus phone, Google said Wednesday it plans to start selling an unlocked version of Samsungís Galaxy S4 through its Google Play store.

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Like Nexus devices, the unlocked Galaxy S4 will be able to get Android updates as they are released rather than having to wait for the carrier and device maker to customize and approve the new software.

It will cost a hefty $649 when it goes on sale June 26. (The price drew outright boos at the Google I/O viewing party in Chicago, Iím told.)

The phone will support LTE networks from both AT&T and T-Mobile USA.
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As mentioned by Hugo Barra, it will also have an unlocked bootloader.

--jeremy