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Google Play Edition phones reduced to Galaxy S4, Moto G, & HTC One M8

July 9, 2014

Joe Devanesan

Perhaps in a sign of things to come, Google has dropped the number of Google Play Edition smartphones in the United States from six down to just three.

Google Play Editions have traditionally been a Google-specialised version of each Android device makerís flagship mobile, and have so far only been available in the United States. It seems like Mountain View is knocking off the older models on the active†device list, which are the older HTC One (AKA M7), the LG G Pad 8.3, and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

The Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8

It appears that Google will only maintain the Motorola Moto G, this yearís HTC One M8, and the curious inclusion of Samsungís older flagship smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S4, as GPE models after this.

But it remains to be seen if Google intends to keep up the trend of bringing forth Google branded phones like this, but given how silently the search giant removed half the remaining roster, it doesnít seem to bode well for Android fans outside of the US who were hoping for a Google Play Edition of their favorite flagship handset.

Strange that the Galaxy S4 at least is last yearís flagship device, why no announcement about a Galaxy S5 GPE? Google previously took steps to reassure its fanboys that the Nexus line up of phones and tablets will not be affected by the mobile related projects Google is working on- but nothing was mentioned of the GPEs which have yet to be seen outside of the US.

Could these specialised Android handsets die off before we ever get a chance to try one out?

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Source: Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia)

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