Pure Android version of Samsung Galaxy S4 will initially only be available in the US

Pure Android version of Samsung Galaxy S4 will initially only be available in the US
We know that much of the world was intrigued when Google announced the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android.

We know that interest was still piqued even after the price was announced too, $649 (and yes, the auditorium did get very quiet when the price was announced). Hardware aside, that may prove to be a tougher sell when a 16GB Nexus 4 costs roughly half that.

Still, we expect this “Google Experience” or “Nexus user experience” Galaxy S4 will sell rapidly when it launches on June 26th in the United States only. For those outside the US, fret not, Google will most certainly expand market availability, but we do not know if it will be as far reaching as where the current Nexus line-up is available.

If we had to gander a guess, there are two forces at work in that regard. First is LTE radios, it may not be practical to devote niche manufacturing to accommodate all markets. Next is Samsung, who has just launched its flagship device with all the trimmings of TouchWhiz and S-applications and so-forth, the culmination of significant development and investment in Samsung’s own image. So even if this pure-Android SGS4 expands availability outside the US, we doubt it will have the reach of the Nexus line of devices.

Meanwhile, if you are stewing in envy over the prospect remember, there will most definitely be enterprising individuals looking to fleece the desperate of their hard-earned Pounds and Euros on eBay. Or, you can still pick up a thoroughly capable Nexus 4 for a fraction of the price.

source: CNET UK

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38 Comments

1. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

There goes my next phone...

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

where? in US has many very limited persons who buy just an outdated iConboards = brainwashed by marketing = otherwise who would buy such a dumb iDevice without copy file or default app selection = fascism?? not any a little smarter guy. whereas in EU we would appreciate it much much more!! bring it to EU, we are begging you, Google!!!! We are not so st*pid :)

20. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

the simple proof is this link: goo [dot] gl/uCx8o it shows not units but usage 1) so for Google EU should have the at least same importance as US 2) Google's marketing for Android "Use the real smartphone" is very very poor......so thats why Google is losing with Apple according to the graph

22. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

great link. but you have to realize apple is like ford, home made devices for americans even if its s**t people will buy it for pride. its highly unlikely that would be the case but you get the picture why apple in usa is still above android. android surely out numbers ios everywhere by huge margin but most of those phones arent even being used as smartphone in which case your link seems correct.

38. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

thats what I said....just a brainwash :)

2. mydi.maus unregistered

BRING IT ON GOOGLE..my next big THING.the camera is gonna be great on this one..

3. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Does it still have movie mode though? Not that I wouldn't buy it just because it doesn't have it.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Wow. First time the U.S. gets an exclusive (of sorts). Too bad we aren't getting the Octacore internals as well. :-(

23. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

you stupid people! thinking its octa, ITS QUAD CORE! 2 quadcore does not mean octa! just because someone wears glasses doesnt mean they have 4 eyes now!

26. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

umm technically it can still be called an Octacore, all 8 cores are still used but not at the same time.

5. FlushGordon unregistered

Will the the default picture mode come in oversaturated or normal?

6. Droid13

Posts: 4; Member since: May 21, 2013

This is the ultimate beastly smartphone without bloat..

7. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

1. Buy S4 in your region 2. Root 3. ROM 4. ???? 5. Profit

14. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

but some people might not know how to rom heck they might even not know what the hell is roming

25. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

well then those people are dumbf**ks who have to suck up to OEMs like samsung who fill their phones with s**t no one will ever use. i dont see difference in old grandma closet and samsung s**tfilled phones. AOKP is the only clean way to go.

27. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

relax dude, the S4 is fine just the way it is, unless your a nerd who really needs all that power and smoothness. Some people actually prefer touchwiz because of its features, thats why when i root my phone i leave it in stock rom, and just delete some bloatware. Here is an example, i have a galaxy note 10.1 and i still cant find a rom that is stable and can properly use the S-Pen and S-note and its already been 6 months. CM 10.1 itself is still in beta, not everyone wants to wait that long for a ROM.

28. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

The Note is a good tablet and all, but this is the Galaxy S4 we're talking about. It's about as mainstream Android as it can get. I guarantee you there's a hell of a lot more people working on the S4 than most other phones right now.

29. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Same here to, don't need all those extra feautres which takes up 500Mb of Ram! Keep it clean, then why not give it with 3Gb Ram, so there's still 2Gb Ram left free. ®

30. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

If you're even aware of this phones existence, you know what rooting and roming is.

36. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

But those ppl, will prefer the great Samsung's features of the original Galaxy s4, instead of the poor Google edition.

32. Droid13

Posts: 4; Member since: May 21, 2013

First of all an average person has no knowledge about rooting and stuff Secondly, this phone is a tad cheaper than the original GS4 Thirdly, it will have quick updates Fourthly, Custom ROM's aint stable until much later builds...

37. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Rooting and Rom has been so easy it usually takes no more than fifteen minutes and maybe five steps. Most don't need to change rooms. But there are plenty who appreciate this device. A 6300math battery 32GBP class ten sdcard card and customization. Two to three day screen time. It's easily for power users like me

8. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

The thumbs down here are annoying and nonsense

24. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

tell me about it

9. NightFelix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

I guess whoever thumb down here are those fruit company fanboys. Android warrior thumb me up.

17. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

probably paid marketing by Microsoft or Apple :)

21. Trex95

Posts: 2362; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I'm Apple fan and they thumb me down Lol. I think those samfan they thumb me down cause i mentioned that Nexus 4 more premium and elegant.

31. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

You're an Apple fan, what do you expect, a green? You all Apple. Fans, users deserve Reds™

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

people who thumb down S4 fans for no reason are retarded momless f**ktards... huh huh haaaaaaaa... do have a dignity people. try to see the right as right and wrong as wrong.. otherwise u all are a burden to this society!

11. skinny95black

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

This thing will be awosome stock android is the best

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