Last month, people have complained that Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, HTC One M7 and Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition devices were appearing as being out of stock on the Play Store for a few weeks. Just as we have imagined in the first place, this was a sign for what was about to happen. HTC One M7, Z Ultra and G Pad 8.3 dropped from Play Store and you can check by yourself if you don’t trust us, but the result will be the same one: they no longer appear under the Google Play Edition devices section.
Other Google Play Edition Options
So, all these three devices were shown as out of inventory for before they were removed, so we are really sorry for those who are trying to buy one of these models, just as it happens with those intending to become the owners of a Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE handset. Yes, this version is also listed as out of inventory on Google’s web store, so we can only imagine that it is nothing else than a matter of time until it will be dropped from Play Store as well.
Anyway, if you are still looking for a Google Play Edition device, be sure that there are other options to choose from. What do say about HTC One (M8), Moto G and Google’s own Nexus 5? Aren’t these offers tempting as well?
For example, the new HTC One has a large 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, also housing a quad-core Snapdragon 801 system chip paired with 2GB RAM. We have heard a lot about its Duo camera and as you probably already know, not all the reviews were like it has been initially expected, but one thing is for sure: the process of taking a photo is unchanged in this case as well. When you see the image through the viewfinder you just have to tap on a button for capturing it. Only when you open the image, you can apply “Duo effects” or the improved depth of field effect and yes, you’ll see some noticeable changes.
As for the design, this HTC One (M8) is a bit larger, wider and taller than the 2013 HTC One model, but still comfortable enough to hold and use. Moreover, rather than having capacitive navigation keys below the display, it sports some interesting on-screen buttons. And don’t forget that there is even a Harman Kardon HTC One (M8) Edition on Sprint that might be worthy of your interest (here we have more details).
When it comes to the following handset – Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition – with is equipped with a set of decent specs. The handset has a 4.50-inch 720×1280 display and it is powered by 1.2GHz processor alongside 1GB RAM. As for its 5-megapixel rear camera, it doesn’t come alone, but along with a secondary 1.3-megapixel shooter for selfies.
And if you are one of those people that love to experience new things, then we are sure that you’ll love to find out that Motorola’s own customer support has confirmed that both Moto X and Moto G devices will be a part of Android 5.0 L rollout.
Finally, but not less important, there’s a third Google Play Edition option that you can take in consideration. We are talking about none other than Google’s Nexus 5 model. Made in collaboration with both Google and LG, this device packs a Snapdragon 800 system chip paired with 2GB of RAM, also sporting a 5.0 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels IPS LCD display.
And don’t forget that this is also the first Nexus that comes equipped with focus on camera performance, its 8-megapixel shooter with optical image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo tagging, Face detection, White balance presets, Panorama, Burst mode, Optical image stabilization, Digital zoom, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR) and not only being a joy to use.
Waiting for New Google Play Edition Devices
Aren’t any of these smartphones what you are looking for? To be honest, we don’t know whether or not we will receive any new Google Play Edition devices in the upcoming future, especially with Android Silver around the corner.
But rumor has it that a new Galaxy S5 Google Play edition is on the way and we can only hope that these speculations about such a model are indeed real. We have actually seen an image that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition phone at Google’s annual developers’ conference – I/O 2014, not to mention that Galaxy S5 was also briefly spotted on the Google Play Edition devices page, but not under its own name.
To be more precise, the company’s Galaxy S4 on the page has a rendered image of its Galaxy S5 bigger brother with a stock Android UI. The rendered image has been taken down and the Galaxy S4 page now lists the correct thumbnail. Anyway, we are seeing all these as clues that this handset is indeed real, so we just have to wait.
Would anyone be interested in picking up such a Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition? Take your time to decide!