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Galaxy S4 Google Edition to be US only?

Sterling Keys (translation)

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. 

Galaxy S4 Google IO
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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 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.

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  • Gio A. May 24, 2013 Link

    Yeah sure wait six months and ultimately find out it will be only released in 6 ir 7 European countries and for the rest of the countries ... well I guess they just aren't important enough I suppose. :( I really hope google starts moving their ass and start releasing stuff for European countries because we are being left behind and frankly becoming a little jealous of the US. I know it's hard becauase each country is different with other languages and different laws but common I really would expect a lot more from a multi billion dollar global company. I really wish I could be able to say that to Larry Page directly.

  • Rolfhu May 24, 2013 Link

    So, no reason to buy a GS4 :-). Google is may dancing on too many parties and think to satisfy the US users only is enough. Let see.

  • Dvoraak May 24, 2013 Link

    Just pointing out the possibility that cost may be a factor too. Nexus 4 supply issues aside, no Nexus at lower price points has exactly burned up the sales sheets and this one won't have a low price point to manufacture or sell retail. Makes sense to pick one market and see how it does there.

  • Sterling Keys May 24, 2013 Link

    Well, the way they're talking, it's just for now. It seems like they're going to be rolling out an international version, although it will be delayed.