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Google is Cleaning Up Its Google Play Edition Section – Only One (M8), Moto G, and Galaxy S4 Remain

Just before Google I/O, we pointed out the fact that the majority of Google Play Edition devices on Google Play had become depleted of inventory, with only the One (M8) and Moto G showing as available for purchase. We weren’t sure what to make of it at the time, but as of today, Google has begun to wipe out devices that no longer have or haven’t had inventory for some time. 

If you head over to the Google Play page for GPE devices, you will notice that only the HTC One (M8), Moto G, and Galaxy S4 are left standing. The Galaxy S4 GPE has been out of stock since June 20, so we aren’t exactly sure why it remains. Chances are that it will be replaced by the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition before long, assuming that device is still on the way.

So if you were holding out hope for new stock arriving for the Z Ultra, G Pad 8.3 or One (M7) GPE units, you can stop. They appear to be gone forever. The specific pages for those devices have also been changed to “no longer available for sale.”

Edit:  Google has also removed the Z Ultra, One (2013), and G Pad 8.3 from their country availability Google Play support page as well. They are indeed gone, folks.

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    If only every phone had dual boot of stock and company ui..

  • crazed_z06

    These GPE devices are kinda pointless at these prices anyway.

    10s of people will be effected by this.

  • Rezin

    I really wanted that damn z ultra…should’ve bought it when I had the chance

    • Ben

      Sony’s version isn’t that bad. Sure, the bloatware is annoying, but other than that there isn’t really that much wrong with it. And they just rolled out 4.4.4 for mine so they are pretty on top of the software updates.

      • Rezin

        Yeah it was more the pricing and such but swappa has it at about the same price slightly used with a few accessories…sucks that they aren’t releasing a successor

  • sagisarius

    I’m guessing that Android Silver will merge Google Play and the Nexus stuff together. GPE will probably go away soon, to be replaced with a bunch of quasi Nexus devices.

    • James
      • sagisarius

        Dude, I have like the 5th comment on that page, pretty aware. Find the original quote they’re referring to and read between the lines.

    • samtootin

      I thought that originally too, but now I think GPE is going to be converted into the Silver line. Google is trying to get OEMs on board with this whole unification, consistency thing, making Android the household brand instead of Samsung, ect. So, now I think that Silver is going to be Google’s answer to the Apple model, keeping OEMs in the business of releasing their hardware, but giving customers the chance to use unadulterated Android on said hardware, with timely updates. All while keeping the nexus line as the developer devices.

      • sagisarius

        Yeah, that might make sense too! I get the impression that with GPE devices they’re a little too all over the place, and expensive for Google’s liking. So I would not at all be surprised if android silver was a more Nexusy version of GPE. I think what I noticed with the Google statements about the Nexus program is that he never actually said Nexus aren’t going away… he seemed to be very carefully saying something Nexus like will always be around…

        “So the idea of a Nexus device will never go away, can’t ever go away… So I think Nexus continues to be very important for Android.”

        Either way, I’d be happy with more choices.

  • hater

    Why is the Nexus 10 still there? that has been out of stock for what a year now?

  • ah4

    I’ve read that Android Silver wasn’t designed to replace GPE. Maybe it will be after all?

    • ah4

      Wait nevermind I was thinking of the Nexus line. So maybe this is Android Silver on the way.

  • Carlos Lopez

    They’re clearing everything out for the release of the galaxy nexus moto x+1

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Don’t forget it runs on Verizon.

    • Android Silver or nothing.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Still don’t understand why anyone would want these at such high prices….. For me it always boils down to software, you’re getting the same experience on a Nexus at half the price. I just never understood the attraction of having a Galaxy S device….with stock android for double the price. It’s just weird

    • itsgonnalast

      The GPE Moto G starts at $180.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        The Moto G is a cheap device by design What I’m comparing to is the original GPE devices…and the fact that an S5 GPE will cost upwards of 600… is what I don’t understand compared to a Nexus 5

      • monkeybutts

        It starts at 180 unlocked normal edition too. I don’t really see the point in that specific GPE, it’s not like the Moto G has a ton of extra crap on it to begin with.

    • cadtek91

      Carriers, the higher resolution camera, and simplicity. Sure you can buy it on contract and root, and flash a stock-ish rom, but many people don’t want to.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        If you want a stock experience why not just buy a Nexus is what I’m saying…why pay double the price for a phone with the exact same sofware. Doesn’t have anything to do with carriers I don’t think. And the Camera is junk on all stock android phones

        • drrrrrooooooooid

          some of us have verizon

          • T4rd

            Doesn’t make sense.. none of the GPE devices work on Verizon.

          • a) youth.in.asia

            Pinocchio said if you want a stock experience to buy a NEXUS device, nexus devices can’t be activated on Verizon

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Neither can GPE device is what they’re saying.

          • hater

            and no GPE devices that I am aware of work on Verizon either…

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        • Tee

          I had s GPE S4. I bought it because the display was way better than the Nexus display, the camera was way better, radio signal was better, really all it’s hardware was just better – let’s just say that instead of listing each thing…

          It also had a micro SD slot, removable battery, was visually nicer looking. It was just nicer than the Nexus.

          I own a Nexus 5 now. I’m very satisfied with it. Especially for the price, but I miss my GPE S4. I liked it better than the Nexus. Believe it or not…

        • athom07

          What if……they didn’t want a Nexus? *gasp*

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Thats not the point. People can buy whatever device they want… I’m just talking about the justification of buying essentially the same device for $300 more.

          • athom07

            None of these devices are “essentially the same device” as the Nexus 5. They look completely different, have different specs etc. They just happen to run stock Android. I don’t like the look of the Nexus 5, so if I had to goto one of these devices I would pick up a GPE over the Nexus 5. That justification enough for you?

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            You don’t need to justify anything to me.

          • athom07

            I know that I don’t. You stated “I’m just talking about the justification of buying essentially the same device for $300 more.” Since you were having such a hard time understanding the justification of such a purchase, I took it upon myself to explain.

          • rob damiani

            “same device’? Hardly

        • rob damiani

          Because some peeps want the hardware available on GPE

    • grumpyfuzz

      so are you saying software is worth $300 extra?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I don’t know what you mean? I’m saying the hardware isn’t worth a fully $300 extra if you’re getting the same software experience.

        • grumpyfuzz

          the software on the gpe is the same as the nexus, but you’re paying around $300 more. so the main difference is hardware, which you said it boils down to software. So you would rather pay $300 for a different software experience such as touchwiz or sense? (which was my point)

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I’m saying a phone is the software. That’s what the phone is, the experience you interact with is just the software on a daily level. I’m saying why pay $300 more for the exact experience? The phones do the exact same thing. Is a bigger screen and SD slot worth $300?

          • grumpyfuzz

            it might be to some, same goes for water resistance. but for some who want the highest end specs and don’t want touchwiz or sense, it can be a good option for them.

    • The G Pad was a good buy. A nice 8 inch tablet with stock Android.

    • Blake

      Nexus 5 is arguably the best value in terms of smartphones but some people are willing to pay more, a lot more in this case, for a better phone or specific features. For example, if you demand stock android and microSD then Nexus 5 won’t cut it but the HTC One (M8) will.

    • B Brad

      How now planned obsolescence. I find it quite valuable to have a phone that I can *gasp* easily replace the battery. Why throw away a $600-$700 phone just because the battery is dying?