It was everything we ever wanted – a high-end smartphone from one of the world’s biggest Android OEMs, without the crapware known as the younger version of TouchWiz. At Google I/O in 2013, Google announced the first two models in the Google Play Edition lineup of devices, the Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition.
Priced at $649, coming with an unlockable bootloader, unlocked LTE support on T-Mobile and AT&T, the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition was actually pretty sweet. However, as we know now, the GPE lineup didn’t take off too well, and is no longer a thing. But, before it departed this world, we got GPE devices from Sony, LG, Samsung, and HTC. (more…)
Hey, we have Google Play Edition news! Anyone remember those dinosaurs? GPE devices were members of that super confusing line of phones from Google that weren’t Nexus devices, but were (for some reason) still supposed to run stock Android and be sold by Google and be updated by Google…kind of…with some manufacturer support. Yeah, you forgot about them and that’s OK.
For the six of you who might have purchased one, and that purchase happened to be for the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, get ready for Android 6.0 Marshmallow! HTC’s Mo Versi says that the update is now live, which is kind of crazy. (more…)
As tweeted earlier this week by Mo Versi, HTC will shoot to release its Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” update for the One M8 Google Play Edition (GPE) later this month, but is making no promises. (more…)
Earlier this week, the Moto G Google Play Edition began receiving its update to Android 5.1. You probably thought, “Well, what about the others, like the Ones, Galaxy S4, and Z Ultra?” Don’t worry, most of them are now receiving the update as well. (more…)
If you happen to own a Google Play Edition of the Moto G, then Android 5.1 is now available for you to download. Going live over this holiday weekend, the OTA should take your Moto G from 5.0.1, straight to Android 5.1. (more…)
According to HTC’s Mo Versi, the company will not be updating the regular One M7 to Android 5.1, but the Google Play Edition will see the update.
While that may be a bit of a bummer to owners of the One M7, HTC likely does not want to spend many resources updating the device that features a full run of Sense software, and will instead opt to keep the variant running stock Android up to date. However, this is likely the last update the One M7 GPE will see. (more…)
The HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, the last remaining Google Play Edition device, is no longer for sale. In fact, the device isn’t even listed under the “Phones & Tablets” tab on Google Play; you need a direct link in order to see it. Not that this change is much of a surprise, since the new HTC flagship is around the corner, but it’s sort of sad to see, because this could be the end of the Google Play Edition line of devices. (more…)
With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.
As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)