While we’re still recovering from the lack of news during the I/O in regards to a new Nexus device, we were at least consoled by the fact that we got some new hardware to lust over. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition was expected to be the chosen one, with stock Android straight out of the box. However, it seems we may need to hold our breathe just a little while longer as it’s expected the phone will be reserved for….the United States.
Again? It seems like we should be pushing for a more international Google! I’m tired of all the technological innovations being announced and getting excited for them, just to have them pulled away when the companies announce that they’re destined to only be available, at least for the time being, in America.
Google Music? Europeans will have to wait more than six months. Google Now? We tested it again recently in office and we have access to two cards out of the proposed twenty that Uncle Sam has access to. And the final nail in the coffin, the Samsung Galaxy S4 stock Android will be uniquely available only to the United States.
The rumor comes from our colleagues crave.cnet.uk from which Google has made the statement .The main reason? S4 Google Edition differs from the European smartphone by the presence of an octo-core Exynos processor and not the Snapdragon,which we are entitled, so therefore, the ROM is completely different. The other reason that CNET thinks might be behind the delay: the presence of LTE radios would pose a problem with doing a global roll-out.
Apart from this that remind this smartphone is indistinguishable from Samsung Galaxy S4 tested here, apart from the lack of Touchwiz, and therefore the absence of all its special features - and an unlocked bootloader, with access to faster updates.
We are still waiting an official statement from Google, and it is hoped that this situation is temporary and that Google is also working on a European release for the coming months.