The end of Google Play edition devices?
Google Play edition of devices provided a unique avenue for smartphone enthusiasts to get a pure, unadulterated Android experience on a device from their favorite manufacturer. This is great for those of you who love the hardware but do not like the user interface of the manufacturer-altered versions of Android. If you are a fan of these devices, we may have some bad news for you as Google Play edition (GPe) devices may be halted altogether.
The timing of this rumor on Google’s decision to pull the GPe devices from their online store is rather strange. The GPe lineup has consistently been expanding, with the addition latest being the HTC One M8. In fact, one could say that GPe devices were finally starting to gain traction among the Android fanbase. With this decision, all GPe devices will be pulled from the Google Play store, leaving only Google’s very own Nexus series the sole occupants of the online store.
A major decision like this may herald the arrival of something big in the Google Play store. Could this be the prelude to the Android One project? Or does Google have something completely new planned for us? Looks like we would have to wait and see. But in the meantime, it is indeed sad to see the end of GPe devices…and my hopes of seeing a GPe Samsung Galaxy S5.