Samsung Announces Stock Android Phone; Well, a Low-End One, But Stock Android Nonetheless!

Samsung Announces Stock Android Phone; Well, a Low-End One, But Stock Android Nonetheless!

Feb 7, 2013

Samsung’s marketing department are evil geniuses. The Verge says that Samsung’s releasing a new phone for Straight Talk and Net10 in the US called the Galaxy Discover. It’s not an impressive device: 3.5" 320×480 screen with an 800 MHz processor, in 2013? That just won’t cut the mustard for anyone except those who are looking to get an entry-level phone on one of those prepaid carriers.

But see, this phone has something really different from other Samsung phones, which is to say that it doesn’t have TouchWiz. Probably because while it runs Ice Cream Sandwich, it seems unlikely that it could handle the modern updates to it. So, Samsung’s advertising it as a feature. According to their website, it’s “A taste of pure Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich … Experience mobile life without carrier or Samsung overlays.”

In all likelihood, this is just Samsung spinning the inability to put ICS-flavored TouchWiz on this phone. But it’s easy to speculate, that maybe this is the start of something, that just possibly Samsung would start to offer pure Android experiences along with the TouchWiz flavor. Or, of course, the fact that this is a low-end phone coming to a pair of prepaid MVNOs, could just mean that this is an outlier. But hey, bravo to Samsung for actually releasing a stock Android phone. The Galaxy Discover should be available soon on both carriers.