Samsung Galaxy S4 with the Nexus User Experience Said to be US Only

| May 20, 2013 | 2 Replies


Here’s some news that our international friends are certainly not going to like. Last week at Google I/O, Hugo Barra took the stage during the keynote again to announce the Galaxy S4 with stock Android on board. He went on to tell us that its going to work on T-Mobile and AT&T’s LTE network, have an unlockable bootloader, a Nexus like user experience, and will be $650 from the Play Store. One thing he forgot to mention was that this is US only. Or at least that’s what a new report is telling us.

A report with CNET UK says that the device will be sold in the US only at launch. And that’s confirmed with Google. But at this time it’s not clear whether or not the handset will be launching in other markets or not. It is rather strange that Google didn’t decide to have the Galaxy S4 on other markets at launch. But perhaps this is just a trial run?

The Galaxy S4 Google Edition, isn’t expected to be a top seller. But giving users a choice. Especially those that want stock Android but may want LTE, or may want more storage. The Galaxy S4 Nexus user Experience device does just that. It mixes everything you love about Samsung hardware-wise with stock Android, and makes a Super Nexus.

At this time, it appears that the Play Store is the only place that you’ll be able to pick up the Galaxy S4 Nexus User Experience device, or whatever they decide to call it. I really hope they find a shorter name, I just don’t feel comfortable calling it a Nexus. But then again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see T-Mobile do their “subsidizing” of the device. That would definitely help them get even more customers.

How many of you outside the US are upset with this news? Let us know in the comments down below. Also, were you planning on picking one of these up?

Source: CNET UK

Category: Google IO News

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Alex has been an Android user since the Motorola Droid back in 2010. He's been a huge Android fan ever since using many of the most popular flagships. He's currently rocking a Moto X and a G2.
  • felix

    Will the phone support LTE networks in Europe? Or just AT&T and T-mobile.

  • mikexilva

    All my Android phones have been from the Nexus Line, and I had to buy them all outside (some asked friends to buy in US, some bought from expansys) because I couldn’t buy them in Portugal, some models eventually got here a few months later, but that’s stupid.

    For instance, almost no one knows about the existence of a Nexus 10 here, just the Nexus 7 32GB is available, and there is no device section on Google Playstore for Portugal :( so Nexus 4 its hard to find and costs almost double the spanish (neighbour country) Google’s Playstore price.

    But for those that want to follow the pure Android line, why is it so hard?

    I’d like to replace my current Galaxy Nexus with an S4 Google Edition but now it seems to be harder, and have to check carefully for LTE frequency compatibility from US to EU.