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