Google Play edition devices are an interesting concept that never gained a whole lot of traction. They were flagship Android devices that were loaded with stock Android and updated directly by Google. Over the past year, we’ve seen most of the GPe devices depart from the Play Store, with only the Samsung Galaxy S 4 GPe and HTC One (M8) GPe remaining. But that selection has been pared down to just one, as the Galaxy S 4 GPe has been officially retired.
After being labeled as “Out of Stock” for quite some time, the Galaxy S4 GPe is now marked as “no longer available for sale.” While the move doesn’t surprise us considering the age of the Galaxy S 4, it now leaves the HTC One (M8) GPe as the only Google Play edition device remaining. Whether or not we’ll see more GPe devices enter the Play Store is unknown, but at the moment, this could be a sign of the impending end of Google Play edition devices.
Do you think the Google Play edition program should continue?