Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition no longer sold

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition, after being out of stock for some time, has been officially retired from the Google Play Store. That leaves just the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition left to be sold. The Google Play edition phones are loaded with stock Android which means that they do not carry the manufacturer's UI. For example, the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition does not feature HTC's Sense UI.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 had been replaced by the Samsung Galaxy S5 since last March, and no Google Play edition of the newer model has been offered. We can only come to the conclusion that once the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition is no longer sold, the entire Google Play edition line will be allowed to die.

In addition to being powered by stock Android, Google Play edition models also have the benefit of receiving updated Android builds before carrier versions of the same model receive them. With the removal of the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPe from the Google Play Store, there are only four devices for sale in that market place. Those are the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the HTC One (M8) GPe. The Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 are both currently sold out.

source: GooglePlay via AndroidPolice, AndroidandMe

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

You can still convert a GSM S4 to a GPE if you want. Plenty of instructions out there for the brave.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It just makes sense that its not being sold anymore. Its coming up to 2 years old now. Soon the S6 will be released and the S5 is still being sold. Not that there was anything wrong with the S4. It was and still is a great phone. But time marches on, and waits for no one. So the new devices are always coming out, especially in the Android world. Its like every few days there is a new device.

2. Aliagha

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Can someone answer me that what is the diffrence between s4 and s4 gp edition Love my s4 I9500

6. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Same specs...just Google Vs Touchwiz

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

GPe(i9505g) uses the snapdragon 600, i9500 used the Exynos 5410

3. younger06

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

Stock android and no "Touchwiz"

4. Aliagha

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Will that be diffrent in performance ?

5. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Features or performance your choice.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

GPE uses stock Android from Google. TouchWiz version is considerable slower, but has much more features, if at the cost of some clutter. GPE is very clean, fast, and simple...

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'considerable slower'. I am using GS4 right now and it is laughing at your comment. It wouldn't sell 40 million units if it was as slow as you're describing. Most of you guys are stuck in the gingerbread era and fail to try and actually use a Samsung product before bashing it.

7. Aliagha

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Thanks bros

10. joseram695

Posts: 79; Member since: May 28, 2012

I want a Note 4 GPE that would be pretty awesome! Nexus 6 dosent do it for me its way to ugly, at least in my opinion

13. Cicero

Posts: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

A Samsung Note4 without TW is nothing to mention. TW is the strength of Note series.

12. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I'm not surprised, if the nexus 6 is still not available in Google play store. So no wonder this will be gone!

15. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I'm suprised it was there as long as it was...

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