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This just in: “no plans” for Google Play edition LG G2

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This just in: “no plans” for Google Play edition LG G2

As is the case with most new things, it is only once the dust settles down that we get to see the full picture. In the case of LG's newest flagship, the G2, this means that we already have the first thing that isn't going to be so great about it: no Google Play edition:

As of right now, LG doesn’t have any plans for a Google Play Edition. The focus for the G2 is penetration through carriers. That however could change down the road.” said Ken Hong with LG PR.

Google Play edition smartphones, along with Google's Nexus line of smartphones and tablets are a special class of Android devices that run a wholly stock experience. You probably guessed that this, apart from the inherent smooth, as-intended experience, also spells out faster updates for such devices, making them a more and more popular choice. Samsung and HTC have already followed suit with Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and One, respectively, with Sony rumored to become the third manufacturer to offer one. In fact, the latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4, was assembled under LG's very roof.

So why is the South Korean manufacturer denying a similar treatment for its new bad boy? While this classifies as pure speculation, we see several possible reasons. If the rumor mill has the truth of it, LG may be on track to manufacture the Nexus 5, said to be based on the G2. A Google Play edition G2, then, wouldn't make too much sense as it would simply eat into and cannibalize a portion of the Nexus 5's sales.

On a different note, while this is official, we are rather reluctant to go ahead and despair – the more attentive of you may remember that HTC also denied that a Google Play-flavored edition of the all-aluminum flagship is coming. And see how that turned out!

via: Android Community

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