During the summer of 2013, the line-up of Google Play Edition devices grew incredibly quickly, with devices available from HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony. Last month, however, the selection of devices dropped to just three: the Moto G, Galaxy S4, and HTC One (M8). Now, this evening, Google has removed the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition from the store without any replacement in sight.
It’s certainly understandable that Google would remove the device after more than a year of availability, but it’s puzzling and disappointing that a Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition has still not been announced. Evidence of the device has creeped up several times on the Play Store, but Google has still yet to make any statements regarding the existence of the device.
With there only being two Google Play Edition devices available now, we’re becoming a bit worried for the future of GPE phones, especially when one of the two available is a lower-end phone that ships with near-stock Android to being with. Hopefully Google will give us an update on the Google Play Edition line-up sooner rather than later.
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