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.  (more…)

5 Questions for Google I/O 2014

Google I/O 2014 kicks off tomorrow morning with one massive keynote before moving on to dozens of developer sessions that will talk everything from what is new in Android to wearables to gaming to design. It will be a glorious couple of days for Google fans, as it has been every single year since Android began to take off.

Google almost always has a number of surprises in store, which really seems to be the case this year. Sure, there have been little details slipping out here and there, but it feels like Google has much more in-store for us than we can even imagine. Android TV could show up. Sneak peeks of the new version of Android are almost guaranteed, even if it won’t be announced. And the Moto 360? Well, we hope to have one on our wrist at some point. If anything, we should be able to fondle an LG G Watch.

But before all of that happens, it’s time to ask some questions. Since there is so much mystery surrounding this year’s I/O, we aren’t about to make predictions.   (more…)

It Seems Odd That Most of the Google Play Edition Devices are Out of Inventory

Within the last month, four of the six Google Play Edition devices have been flipped to “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon.” The only two that remain available for purchase are the Moto G and HTC One (M8), though it has gone in and out of inventory since it was first released back in March. Does that seem odd to anyone else?

I should point out that Google is constantly tweaking or refreshing or trolling people with the inventory status of its Google Play devices. Some times these things change for minutes at a time before being flipped back to being fully available with a “Add to cart” button. In fact, we have been following these listings all month expecting that to happen, yet it hasn’t. So what’s up? (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Already Getting Android 4.4.3 (Updated: M7 and M8 Too)

According to at least one proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, Google has already started rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the device. As you can see in both screenshots above, the update weighs in at a solid 156.2MB.

As we noted yesterday, stock Android 4.4.3 includes a newly skinned dialer, along with a slightly improved People app. The rest of the update is mostly behind-the-scenes bug fixes.

HTC One (M7) or (M8) GPE owners, seeing anything?

Update:  HTC One (M7) GPE is receiving it as well! (more…)

Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition Appears to be Arriving Any Minute Now

It appears as if a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5 will be arriving at any moment now. Google changed out the picture on the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition with an image of the Galaxy S5, today, so we can only imagine the full listing will be updated shortly. If not, then Google has lost its mind – why else would they toss in a picture of the Galaxy S5?

We will keep an eye on it and let you know.  (more…)

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Price Slashed $200

Google just dropped the price of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition by $200, for those interested in the behemoth-of-a-phone. Normally priced at $649, the Z Ultra and its 6.4-inch display haven’t exactly been the most popular of GPE phones, at least if you consider the lack of buzz amongst our community. But hey, at $449, phablet lovers be on alert – you may have a deal in front of you.

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