May, 21 2013

Galaxy S4 Google Edition

We’re sure much of the world was excited to learn that Google would be selling an unlocked, stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the Google Play Store for $650 starting next month, but it looks like much of the world won’t be able to purchase that device (at least not through typical means). Google has confirmed that the dreamy stock Android Galaxy S4 will only be offered in the United States for the time being.

Google’s language leaves room for possible expansion down the line, but the Mountain View company is not interested in confirming anything but a United States launch at this time. We’re sure many of you can’t be feeling too good about that news.

While this version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t carry a Nexus-like price, it will be Nexus-like in everything else. It’s amazingly speced, of course, with completely stock Android, an unlocked bootloader, and updates coming straight from Google as soon as they’re available. That was enough to get folks excited for its eventual arrival next month.

If you’re outside the US and want to get one of your own you’ll have to do so via other means. Pray that an eBay seller will ship worldwide, have a friend or family member living in the US purchase one for you, or just sit tight and keep your fingers crossed that Google might eventually let others (particularly those in Europe and Canada) get a crack of their own.

[via Cnet]

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