Some Google Play edition devices disappear from the Play Store

Some Google Play edition devices disappear from the Play Store
There are some strange things happening in the Google Play Store tonight. With no warning or explanation, Google has chopped the Play edition Android device roster in half. Three Google Play edition (GPe) devices are gone, and now there are only three GPe left to purchase in the Play Store.

The roster of Google Play edition devices had included six devices: the HTC One (M8), the Moto G, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One (M7), the Sony Z Ultra, and the LG G Pad 8.3. But tonight, the last three of those listings disappeared. This isn't exactly a surprise though, because those three devices went out of stock last month, and have been unavailable for purchase ever since. It is surprising which devices are gone though. 

The HTC One (M7) makes sense, because it was replaced by the newer M8, but the Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad haven't been in the store all that long. We would have expected the Galaxy S4 to be replaced with a Galaxy S5 GPe, but maybe the Z Ultra and G Pad simply proved to not be very popular with customers. Whatever the reasons, you'll only have three Google Play edition devices to choose from if you want to buy from the Play Store.

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16 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Looks like the other ices for the three will be boosted on eBay being labeled as "rare."

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hopefully not, I'm trying to gather at least 3 more G pads for my optom practice. Hopefully I can snipe some good deals before people catch on.

9. steedsofwar unregistered

Maybe they are gonna roll out Silver Service Soon.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

maybe Google want to add new devices perhaps htc nexus 9 !!!!! or maybe android silver is near to launch

3. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

They disappear , because the 23 freaks already bout them. No more business there Normal ppl wouldn't buy handicap devices. Right.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No matter how many times I read this, I still can't figure out what you are trying to say... Could you elaborate?

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Replace bout with bought. Rephrasing, "They disappeared from the store because the 23 freaks that would want to buy them already have. There's no more business for them." I think it's kind of rude to call people freaks for wanting the HTC One M7, Xperia Z Ultra, and LG G Pad with stock Android. I can see why the Sony device would be out of the ordinary, but the other two are quite nice. I don't know what that handicap comment was about.

7. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The reach of GPE in Google Play is small. I believe its US only so theres a small chance of people buying it.

5. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

because the 23 freaks already bought them

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Did you have someone proofread your previous post so people could understand it?

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

GPE: Gotta Pay Extra Just make all Android phones unlockable/rootable and there is no need for "GPE". It is even more redundant when some of the same devices are available in "developer editions".

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not everybody wants to go through the trouble of flashing a custom recovery and ROM, especially since there's no guarantee your device can be rooted or will be supported by developers. Not only that, but usually you can't get the latest version of Android on those because it's not stable. GPE devices are an easy way to get a completely stable build of the latest version of Android straight out of the box without any hassle. You have to pay extra, but if you're not a person who likes to tinker with software, and you don't like the Nexus hardware, it's a very good option.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

GPE is not really as "no hassle" as a Nexus. If all phones were unlocked, then it would only be a matter of time before the custom recovery/ROM process became "one click" instead of the mess it is today. Basically GPE exists as an expensive crutch because the asshats at Google/Samsung/ATT/Verizon/NSA/etc will not let all Android phones be easily unlockable.

14. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I know this is completely off topic, but why does a site dedicated to latest mobile tech have an add for lingerie on it's home page? I know at the end of the day, people gotta earn, but surely there are other more appropriate ads?!! Or maybe my phone is f***led up % I am the only one getting the ad.. in which case I owe an apology

15. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

I know that feel bro.

16. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

You are not alone, even I get those creepy ads.

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