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Google Officially Removes the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, Only Two Remain

If you were hoping for a return of the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, hope no more, as Google has officially removed the device from Google Play. The device, which switched to “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon.” back in June, is now listed as “no longer available for sale.” It’s gone, folks. 

The question now is – will we ever see a Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition? We first spotted a GS5 GPE on Google Play at the end of April through the listing for the Galaxy S4, but the phone has never returned or gone up for sale. If you head over to android.com and scroll into the “Customized by you” section, you can see the phone still sitting there. It’s obvious that this device was in the works at some point, we just don’t know if it is any longer.

Back in July, Google began removing Google Play Edition pages for devices that had run out of inventory, though they left the Galaxy S4 for some reason.

Only two remain:  HTC One (M8) and Moto G. Will new GPE devices ever arrive? Are these the last of the line?

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  • Jonas Svensson

    And there still aren’t any Google Play Edition devices in Europe. C’mon!!! I wan’t a HTC One M8 GPE :/

  • Mickey A Valentine

    Hopefully it’s not replaced with a S5.
    Does google even make the Nexus 7 still or are they jus selling off the rest of their stock? Can’t get a white N7.

  • Bayahibero

    Anyone with easy instructions on how to turn a regular SG4 (VZW) into a GPE GS4 by flashing?

    I recently bought a Verizon Samsung GS4 (4.4.2, OTA, VRUFNC5) for the sole purpose of roorting it and turning it into a GPE Device. By visiting various sites, I got as far as rooting via towel root, installing Super SU and CLockwork Recovery. I also was able to get a GPE ROM but for the life of me, I can’t get Clockwork (or any other recovery) to flash into recovery mode for flashing.

    In the past, I have had lots of success rooting my other devices, so I feel moderate comfort in the process. I tried following videos on websites and YouTube step by step but no luck. I am thinking the newer build my device has might be creating all the troubles.

    Any advice/thoughts? I appreciate any assistance I can get. Thank you for your time.

    • spizzo03

      The problem is that the Verizon and AT&T GS4 as far as I know still have locked bootloaders, therefore no matter if you install a recovery or not, you won’t be able to boot into recovery. I believe you need to look into ‘safestrap’ in order to flash roms on your verizon gs4. It’s not a complete replacement for an unlocked bootloader, but you should be able to flash the GPE rom to it. Google safestrap galaxy s4 and it should come up with some relevant results.

      • Bayahibero

        I appreciate the guidance! Thanks!

    • I have an AT&T S4 running a GPE ROM and it’s working great.

      Of course the reason I can do this is because I NEVER took an OTA update so I didn’t get the update that broke the exploit that allowed me to get around the locked bootloader (loki).

      If you have an S4 that’s been updated from release software (there was one minor OTA that was OK) there is no going back and your phone is stuck running either official ROMs or other limited TouchWiz based ROMs with a hacky method (safestrap).

      • bayahibero

        Much appreciated.

  • ClickFire_

    Brace yourselves. Android Silver is coming…..

    • JoeTi

      Yep, silver tag is coming. Its sounds better than GPE in my opinion but that’s just my marketing background coming through.

  • BigTimmay

    K, clear you pending G+ notification. You know damn well it’s going to bug people.

  • Shawn John

    If five years = 1 smartphone year, they just removed a 10 year old smartphone from their order page.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      This is dumb.

    • Mike Aurin

      Or….OR…they removed a phone thats a year and a half old from their page. I really would love to know what went through your mind while you were typing this and how you clever you thought you sounded.

  • Maxim∑

    So iPhone 6 launch confirmed Spet 9th… Can we please hear something from you now Google….

    • Suicide_Note

      Google typically reveals the new Nexus in October, so I’m guessing things will be relatively quiet from them until that time.

      • Maxim∑

        Yeah, I was just hoping for a nexus 7 refresh this month or in July

        • JSo

          Maybe thats why they gave us the Android L preview. They had nothing else to give us.

    • Justin Kos

      OMG Im so excited, Im in need of another row of icons so badly

      • Maxim∑

        That will probably happen but not much more to look forward to right now

        • PoisonApple31

          I bet you can’t wait to get rid of that iOS stock keyboard or actually see what you are doing on your screen!

    • Dave

      Since Apple has dropped to an all time low of 14% global market share, they had better wow people like never before. But it won’t happen.

  • JSo

    Can it just be Fall already?

  • Gfame103

    Hello Android Silver!!!

  • martyjones100


    • Carlos Lopez

      Beat me to it -.- haha

  • Derek Traini

    Remove the remaining devices.
    Launch Nexus phone & tablet in fall.
    Announce Android Silver (possible launch date).

    • hkklife

      More likely scenario:

      -Remove remaining devices one by one.
      -Muddle through fall and the holidays selling N5, N7, and Chromecasts and nothing new announced as far as Nexus devices.
      -Capitulate to the carriers and announce overpriced Android Silver devices in Q1 2015.

      • De5str0yer.

        Overpriced? Seriously?

  • Mike Aurin


    Just kidding…its alright.