By Shailesh Shrivastava | May 21, 2013 05:35 PM EDT
Google made it clear on the first day of the Google I/O 2013 that its pure Android Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone will be available only for the U.S. customers.
However, fans of Samsung devices and vanilla Android across the world kept their hopes of getting the first non-Nexus device running stock Android high. Much to the disappointment of many, the 'Google Edition' of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available only in the U.S. for some time after the launch.
According to a CNET report, Google confirmed that the pure Android Galaxy S4 will be available only in the U.S. at the launch time.
When Google unveiled the 'Google Edition' of the Galaxy S4 at the Google I/O in San Francisco, it mentioned only two carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile) on the screen showing the new device.
The release date of the smartphone has already been announced but the names of the countries have not been disclosed by Google so far. However, we assume that some time after the launch, the raw Android version of the Galaxy S4 would be available in other countries too.
The smartphone is going to be available for purchase from June 26 and will work on AT&T and T-Mobile's LTE network. The device will be available on Google Play store in 16 GB version for $649 without contract.
Price is also one point that will bother the buyers in other countries such as India, where the smartphone will be more expensive because of the tax and duty structure.
Google unveiled the Galaxy S4 boasting of Nexus user experience, but kept the price of the phone higher than the Nexus 4.
The Nexus 4 is available for $349 in the U.S. and the difference between the prices of the Galaxy S4 and Nexus 4 is a whopping $300.
It might also be possible that the limited availability is because of the different processors. Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with two different processors in the U.S. and other countries.
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