Google Play edition phone selection dwindles to three

The Google Play store is now only listing three varieties of Google Play edition phones left for sale. It's unclear if the latest clearing of inventory is to make room for the arrival of new devices, but at this time those interested in a Google Play edition can select from the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Motorola's Moto G.

The count is down from five previously. Prior to this, we also had the Sony Xperia Z Ultra as well as the HTC One (M7), both of which are now no longer listed in the Play Store.

Additionally, though not a phone, LG's G Pad 8.3 GPe was also removed from the Play store.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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There was never an s5 play edition?

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BoB16731 says:

nope that i ever seen

I wonder why that was.

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race55 says:

Probably because none of the gimmicky things like the heartsensor work without their required bloatware

fonseca898 says:

Samsung has included support for hardware-specific features on past GPEs. I would imagine you lose some of the best features that make TW tolerable however, like multi-window and 4K recording. And the new power saving function is very effective. Root will let you correct that to some extent.

Personally, I run a stripped down and themed TW because I use many of Samsung's features. The phone loses a lot of functionality otherwise. I wouldn't consider the S5 if I didn't want those "gimmicks".

The Galaxy S4 had plenty of gimmicks too, yet that didn't stop Samsung and Google from making a GPE version.

tonybyatt says:

There was a render of it accidentally put up by Google but it was taken down...

Samsung maybe had a hard time parting from their touchwiz baby this time around?

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jimbo says:

Samsung S5 without or even with Bloatwiz cannot function properly.

Whereas, for example HTC's Ones now have separated feature components such as Sense and Gallery installable from Google Play, that can work on Android 4.x phones

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I'm sure they still could have made it possible...but I'm not disagreeing with you. Lol

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dumbcow1 says:

If you're gonna get a GP edition phone...why would you pick an S5 over the One? That makes no sense to me...... (Anyone get the pun I threw there....? No Sense....GP edition.....meh...)

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Well I'm not, and I agree.

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retsaw says:

Removable battery, wireless charging, waterproofing.

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I can install Sense from Google Play on any Android phone? That makes buying an HTC device pointless.

HTC has nothing when it truly comes to legitimate features even with Sense.

It's definitely bland, dull, and overrated.

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verpeiler089 says:

From Google Play? You don't mean skins for Nova, do you?

NoNexus says:

Do you actually think that either of those is separate?

bhatech says:

Being on android central asking that question?

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Yes. I myself sometimes miss things. Or forget. I just figured it was there and never paid much attention to it.

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zhelf says:

I dont the s4 GPE sold enough to make them want to make an s5. I love the idea of GPE devices we got pure android with the hardware we love but the problem is they did without any subsidy plan so only the die hards are dropping $700 on a device. I think we were all hoping the GPE would be around the nexus 5 price point.

E90 Commie says:

Sad to see the Z Ultra go before a successor has been released. I don't see any device that are ready to replace my Ultra GPe yet. My hope is a Z2 or Z3 Ultra or that Oppo introduce a "Find 7L" with 6.5 inch screen.

rgao007 says:

lol, first time I've heard of someone wanting a 6.5 inch screen smartphone

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sdvictor says:

What's funny about that? The XZU is one of the best GPE devices out there. Not for everyone, but definitely a killer device for those who find that niche useful.

rgao007 says:

I like huge phones too, just not 6.5 inch huge. I actually saw a Z Ultra in public a few weeks ago; it looked ridiculous in the guy's hands. I totally understand why such a big phone could fit someone's needs, but I didn't think anyone bought the 6.4 inch Z Ultra as I've only ever seen one.

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MERCDROID says:

I started to buy one. For the price, especially after Google marked it down by 200 dollars, it was a great deal. But, damn... I've said it many times and I'll say it again: no flash on the camera killed it for me. Hopefully, Sony releases a proper successor with a camera flash this time around.

rgao007 says:

Yeah, I've never understood that. I have never heard of a smartphone with a Snapdragon 800 and no flash. It was designed as a $600+ phone, is a flash too much?

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TomW093 says:

Killed it for me too, and I was thinking of buying one with Sony's UI. I'm still confused by that decision

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verpeiler089 says:

I never use flash unless for indoor shots at night.... And then most cameras suck anyway, even compact cameras.

E90 Commie says:

The Ultra is the only "phablet" I have been pleased with. It replaces a 7 inch tablet and a smartphone paired with great developer friendliness and flexibility. As an extra plus: no carrier branding or bloatware (I just avoid US devices because of this).

The Ultra is also replacing an e-reader, for things like reading books and magazines, Internet browsing, multimedia and so forth - it simply rocks. With the GPe, it offers the added plus of Google support even if the regular Sony edition is a better choice (more ROMs and the ability to run both GPe and Sony versions), which is great now with L coming.

For what I do with the device, which is heavily focused on reading books and magazines, Internet and multimedia - the Ultra is perfect. The only viable option is the Oppo Find 7 or something like that even if the screen is smaller since it offers a great unbloated experience. Now with the Ultra disappearing, I hope there will be another great "phablet" out there from Oppo or another manufacturer that offers either pure vanilla or CM as standard.

The only devices that excited me in a similar way as the Ultra is the Nokia Communicator range and HTC HD2.

MisterMogul says:

*cough* LG G3 *cough*

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rgao007 says:

11/10 would buy

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Hunter Petit says:

I would buy too!

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ConTejas says:

Nexus 6...

LG G3 is still rumored to be the base for the next Nexus phone. Most likely just ugraded CPU/GPU, no rear buttons, slightly less battery and/or camera.

Hunter Petit says:

Yeah

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ChillFactorz says:

Android Silver on it's way?

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that's what I was thinking

You mean Android One

TheMimic12 says:

No. Silver. Android One is for developing markets. Why in the world would they replace the Google play edition line with THAT!?

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Don't you mean Android One?

Android one is just the cheap stock android phone. Silver is the other higher end nexus like experience device program.

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thatguy97 says:

As the m7 goes I don't think people will miss it but the Xperia Z ultra is a damn good phone
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floriyann says:

I think they were not selling well at all

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ki11ak3nn says:

They're not selling because they cost too much money. And there's no option to finance like what Motorola did for the X.

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Moto G is very affordable.

Johnny Blake says:

And it's still there.

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Hunter Petit says:

Boom.

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Hiberny says:

I'm hoping this is the calm before the GPe storm. I dream of the day that a dozen or so GPe devices are available, unlocked and vanilla.

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ConTejas says:

Sounds like Android Silver...

ki11ak3nn says:

I would buy a GPe M8 if I can get one for about $400-$450.

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rgao007 says:

Buy a carrier version from Swappa and flash the GPe ROM with OTA. Done!

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Only1Z says:

That costs more than $400-$450 over the long haul.

rgao007 says:

How?

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Johnny Blake says:

Carriers make you pay for the phone as part of you monthly bill these days. It's absurd and eliminates the only reason for using contract plans.

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He said to buy a carrier branded one from Swappa, not from the carrier itself. There's M8s on Swappa between $400 and $450.

Who even buys the Moto G with GPe? Not like it's that much different than regular Moto G

hmmm says:

I just picked up a used Nexus 8, I mean a GPe G Pad and I love it. It's the perfect sized tablet to me. They must not have sold many though. It wasn't on sale long and the new g pads are a pretty big down grade

Zig261 says:

Looks like GPE aren't selling as they were intended to.

Not surprised.

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MERCDROID says:

No one expected them to sell in droves. Hell, they're not even marketed.

AKFL3TCH3R says:

Yeah. Google's idea behind charging extra to remove bloatware is a little ridiculous.

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TomW093 says:

They're not charging extra, they're just selling them without the carrier subsidy

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Jon Shipman1 says:

Where are they charging extra? Granted the S4 should be discounted by now, but in their prime they were the same price as carrier versions

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Dizfunctions says:

I have a feeling silver is coming soon...

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TomW093 says:

I still love my G Pad GPE. It's easily the best tablet I've had

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There are really only 2 devices available now. The GS4 GPE is "Out of inventory".

ShadoWolf_TA says:

Please bring GPEs to Canada!!

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s2weden2000 says:

That's right!

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

So sorry to ask this but what is the difference in the Google Play phone's and the regular phones?

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TheMimic12 says:

Vanilla Android. Unlocked. Software controlled directly by Google.

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hmmm says:

You can basically think of them like expensive nexus phones. Though I question how long they will be supported with updates vs real nexus phones.

s2weden2000 says:

18months as said before

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

TheMimic12 says:

Android Silver is coming.
Hopefully they're cheaper.

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droidhead_1 says:

Software is vanilla Android like a nexus but on one of those more popular phones. Faster updates and no carrier apps in sight.

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TheMimic12 says:

I know what it is.

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Jon Shipman1 says:

Pricing is up to the hardware vendor

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I don't think they'll be cheaper. The rumors have been indicating they're going to be competing in the high end range. They will be available through carriers though so you should have the option to finance or lock into a contract though, which does give you ways of paying for it over the long term.

ConTejas says:

Well Google sells it's Nexus phones near cost (some say the subsidize, but everything I've read says they make a small profit). So we're all hoping if they replace the Nexus line with Silver they do the same. GPE phones prices were still controlled by the OEM. They were never going to sell them for less than their skinned/carrier unlocked versions.

I wanted to get the Asus 8.3 GPE but too late on that. Know anybody who has it? EBay all out!

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rgao007 says:

Check Swappa. It's LG by the way lol

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Gpe phones dont sell well because only android nerds buy them. Most normal people are perfectly happy with Sense, Touchwiz, or Optimus uis. They provide FEATURES. Most ppl dont want to be bothered with infinite customizations. Normal people have lives outside their phones. I get tired of hearing geeks bemoan bloatware and trashing Samsung for a lack of "premium feel". Try going out on a date this decade. And yeah leave your phone at home.

Nexus devices sell well without all that extra bloat. Google should make GPE devices affordable like Nexus devices. There's essentially no difference between the two brands.

I'm sure alot of it is OEMs not wanting to mark down their product that much, and even if they were cool with it, carriers would probably have a fit.

ConTejas says:

Yes, there is a huge difference. Nexus = Google. GPE = OEMs with near vanilla Android. OEMs control everything but the software on GPE devices. Even updates come from OEMs and NOT Google...

This is perhaps the most uneducated point of view I've seen in a while. Kudos Anthony T.
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SoCalBIGmike says:

I LOVE my Samsung. LIKED my HTC. HATED my Nexus. But, I *LOVE* Android. But Im sure the fabois will say I'm an asshole.
Oh, & I bought a Gear Fit (GASP!)

My real complaint is that if the nerds had their way android would be like iPhone and tract homes"and they are all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same".

BldyIdt says:

+1

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ConTejas says:

Get real mate. Nexus "nerd" devices are flashed hard and often and tend to be able to do many things non-Nexus devices simply cannot do because they do not have the kind of developement community Nexus has. Hell you can even flash a 4.4.4 version on the Nexus One! Out of the box a Nexus may be bland to you bloat loving and 10mm gimmicks you'll either turn off to make it not lag or simply never use folks, but rarely do they stay "bland." A Nexus will tick off 8 or 9 boxes out of 10 on the spec sheet next to devices costing TWICE the price. If you're on a subsidized plan you'll just never understand how huge that is. Lastly, with the exception of the M7/8 I've never found a device sexier than a big black slab of glass that's comfy in the hand. Good thing we all have choices, huh?

Sigh

TheMimic12 says:

Where can I find this ROM for the nexus one?

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ConTejas says:

This amazing thing called a Google search?! : P

Here's one from XDA on 4.4.4 (nightly):
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2540366

There's no better price performance than the Nexus 5. It is a no brainer for anyone who doesn't have money falling out of their pockets.

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Why are GPE devices so expensive when they're essentially Nexus devices? Can't Google just sell them cheap so more people can buy them? It worked for the Nexus 4, 5, and 7.

Johnny Blake says:

No.

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BldyIdt says:

Different hardware and no subsidizing?

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Anthony T, do some research. Your opinion on this topic is grating to the members here.

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Google should merge the Nexus and GPE brands. They both have vanilla Android, no bloatware, with updates controlled by Google.

SoCalBIGmike says:

Agreed. They even said it was the "Nexus" launcher at first and "experience"

TheMimic12 says:

They're different kinds of enrollment programs. Nexus devices have both hardware and software controlled by Google. The Google play edition devices have only the software controlled by Google, and the OEMs still release it to the devices. The Google play edition devices are just ridiculous and should be done away with ASAP

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SoCalBIGmike says:

HOLO Silver :-D

Sabir Malik says:

Nice blog

zhelf says:

Ya know i was just eyeing up the gpad too that really bugs me should have been quicker.

narest says:

Why?

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ramonm2 says:

I'm assuming G3 GPE, Sony Z2 GPE , and Note 4 GPE.

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