HTC One M8 GPe

Update: Looks like the Google Play edition HTC One M8 won't be making its way outside of the U.S. just yet. In a statement issued to BGR India, HTC India says the Google Play edition M8 was "incorrectly" mentioned in its press release for today's Indian M8 launch. Instead it seems the Sense version of the phone will be the only one available in that country.

"HTC has clarified that the One (M8) Google Play Edition is not coming to India, and it was in fact incorrectly mentioned in the Indian launch press release. HTC says that it actually meant to reveal the global availability of the device and the announcement was not specific to India."

Original: Until now Google Play edition devices have been exclusive to the U.S., but that could be about to change. Multiple Indian media outlets are reporting that the HTC One M8 Google Play edition has been announced for sale there. HTC India has been hosting a media event to officially launch the regular M8 there, but the bigger news is this potential international expansion of the Google Play edition line.

More: HTC One M8 Google Play edition hands-on

Source: BGR India, AndroidOS.in, @pankajparikh

 

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GPe HTC One M8 for India mistakenly mentioned in local press release

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There's nothing the regular M8 with regular ROM can't do that the GPe ROM can... who would want to dumb down their phone?

How does that work on a carrier like Verizon or Sprint? Does the GPe rom have the correct software for a CDMA carrier? I really have no idea how it works but I always though flashing roms meant for other carriers was a bad thing to do.

Looks like both sources retracted.

Update: HTC has clarified that the One (M8) Google Play Edition is not coming to India, and it was in fact incorrectly mentioned in the Indian launch press release. HTC says that it actually meant to reveal the global availability of the device and the announcement was not specific to India. 

On the other hand it makes no sense what so ever to release GE phones at full price in the US since everyone knows how much US buyers usually whine about "crazy expensive devices" when they are so used to subsidized phones through carriers.
India or Europe would be a much better market to release GE devices asap since Google now rolled out Playstore/devices all over Europe and we are way more used to buy phones off contact at full price.

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You could have left it at "everyone knows how much us buyers usually whine"

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That's too bad. Though the cost is an incredible rip off, the GPe M8 would be the only way I'd get it and I would imagine it would be an awesome phone.