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

Related phones

One (M8)
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Im pretty sure theyre cutting the support and sales of these phones, so manufacturers can promote their own UI and phones. It seems like these devices hurt them more than helped. If the UI is the same, then people may be switching back and forth between manufacturers. Less customer loyalty. This is the major problem I see with these.

2. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I have been trying to buy a (brand new) Nexus 5 (black 32GB) for the last 3 months and is always out of stock... I am not interested on the Nexus 6 (mainly because of its price) but I may not have any other option... That's if one day Google actually decides to sell it for real in the Play Store since it has been always "out of stock" also since day one!

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

They're no longer manufacturing the Nexus 5, so you might be out of luck. If you really want one though, I would check eBay or Amazon to see if you can find a good deal on a new or almost-new Nexus 5...

3. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015


4. Rager722 unregistered

Does anyone know how why my at&t One M8 hasn't updated to 4.4.4 and also how to take the "timer" off the update for example once I try to update it'll tell me to (wait 24 hours) is there a way to take that off?

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

try turning off your phone for a while

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