Google Play Edition devices go extinct: the HTC One (M8) GPE is no longer available

Earlier this month, Google stopped selling the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, leaving the HTC One (M8) as the only GPE handset available to buy. Starting today, the HTC One (M8) GPE - pictured on the left - is no longer available, either. This means that we have to say farewell to the entire Google Play Edition series of devices.

As you probably know, the difference between the One (M8) GPE and the regular version of the handset is that the former runs stock Android - recently updated to Lollipop - without HTC's Sense UI.

Of course, Google might introduce other Play Edition handsets or tablets in the future, though this seems unlikely. A Samsung Galaxy S5 GPE was supposed to be released last year, but that never happened.

Meanwhile, folks in need of a device that runs stock Android can buy themselves a Nexus 9, Nexus 6, or Nexus 5 (with the mention that the Nexus 5 will probably no longer be sold starting the second quarter of the year).

Would you like Google to launch new Play Edition devices in the future?


source: Google Play via Droid-life, Android Police

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One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI

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