Google Play edition devices have been slowly picked off over the last couple months, with the last ones to go being the HTC One (M7), Sony Z Ultra, and LG G Pad 8.3 back in early July. Couple that with the unknown fate of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play edition, and things are looking pretty glum for this line of phones. It hasn’t ended with that though, with the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition removed earlier today.
The phone’s dismissal has wiped it clean of the Google Play editions compilation page you see above, but the Google Play link is still functioning. As you see below, though, Google has no plans to continue selling this product.
This leaves only two Google Play edition devices available for purchase: the Moto G and HTC One M8, both less than a year old. It’s unclear whether any of these will be dismissed in the near future, or if the GPe program will continue to run at all going forward (especially with the rumors of Android Silver floating around).
In case you’d still like to purchase the Galaxy S4 GPe, it’s likely that third-party retailers are still stocking the phone, so if you act quick, you can probably still grab one.
Anyone think the dismissals of these Google Play edition Androids is pointing to a dark future for the line of stock Android superphones?