Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition a no-show in the UK?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition a no-show in the UK?Fancy the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition? You're certainly not alone, but the bad news is it looks like it won't be available in the UK at launch, and in fact might not make it to the UK at all.

So says CNET, apparently based on information received directly from Google itself. Looks like the Nexus 4 is set to remain the best option for a stock Android handset for a while still.

The TouchWiz-free Galaxy S4 was announced at Google I/O last week, and will be available in the US for a one-off $649 via Google Play from June 26.

Nothing concrete was said at the time about an international launch, but we assumed it'll happen at some point.

And we still do, to be honest, since CNET's claims don't reveal a direct source, or any directly quoted comments for that matter.

The idea of a stock Android Galaxy S4 has been warmly received for the most part, especially given recent grumbles about just how much TouchWiz-related bloat Samsung's flagship device ships with.

For many, keeping the GS4's mighty hardware specification intact but cutting the clutter to free up valuable storage space represents the ideal solution. So let's hope this is one rumour that is wide of the mark.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 10:13

I don't believe this is an issue for the vast majority of customers.
I'd bet 90%+ of SGS3 owners do not know what TouchWiz is. It's something bored people like us like to b*tch about.

mrew42  May. 21, 2013 at 10:20

A friend of mine bought the SGS3 on the strength of it being 'not just android, but something better'
He rooted it last week and now has CM10.1 on it and hasn't looked back :)

matt101101 / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 14:04

I really don't see why this is an issue, if you're that bothered just buy a normal S4 and put a stock ROM on it.

JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2013 at 15:38

I see this as more of a marketing blitz for Google - something for the masses to announce at I/O that isn't just relevant for devs or online services junkies. And it gives Samsung some free ( -sh) R&D feedback...

dcx_badass  May. 22, 2013 at 02:35

Rom will probably be ported to a normal S4 before this even hits general release anyway...

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