Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play edition makes another appearance on official Android page, this time running Android Lollipop


Nexus and Google Play edition devices

Okay, this is getting ridiculous already. After showing up on Google’s official Android page back during Google I/O (where the page received a nice facelift), the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play edition is showing up yet again on the site. This time it’s joined by the newly announced Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 and the rest of the Google Play edition crew (only the Moto G Google Play edition and HTC One M8 Google Play edition remain).

Did someone forget to tell Google that the phone never actually became available? If you can’t tell by our tone, we’re a little annoyed that someone keeps toying with our emotions like this. While the Samsung Galaxy S5 wasn’t quite the right fit for this blogger (TouchWiz is terrible), a Google Play edition would be a home run as far as 5-inch Androids are concerned. Maybe the phone is still incoming?


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Google knew what they were doing by not release a smaller device

    1. Look at our poll from earlier today: http://phandroid.com/2014/10/15/nexus-6-poll/

      Not everyone wants a hulking big smartphone. Studies have shown more people would like something a little smaller.

      1. Studies show they don’t want it for $650 or $700

        1. Well, nobody does which is a reason this Nexus is more like an Android Silver device being offered subsidized through carriers.

      2. You mean like *drum roll* the Xperia Z3 compact?

        1. If only there were a Google Play edition *wets pants*

  2. Nope

  3. I wonder if they will give a Lollipop update to the Google Play edition LG G Pad 8.3? Would be cool.

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised to see all of last year’s GPe devices get at the least an update to Android L.

    2. Basically guaranteed

  4. Once the 2014 Moto X arrives on the Play Store, we will have a newer, smaller, and cheaper ‘Nexus’ device. That will be the alternative to the huge 6, in my opinion.

    1. But we do already in the Nexus 5 : )

      1. I feel you. I have one and it’s the best phone I’ve ever owned. Still, the Moto X is better in a few categories. Which means a lot to people wanting to buy a new device. I was considering getting a Moto X with my upgrade but now that it’s coming to AT&T I’d rather get the 6! Excited.

    2. why would it ever get a GPE? ASOP is actually a downgrade from Motorola’s software.

  5. You do realize that the HTC M8 is in the pic, right? Today was not about Play Editions devices, it was about Nexus. By the look of the image, they look official to me.

    1. The HTC One M8 has a Google Play Edition available right now. The S5 does not. Hence the article.

  6. If you look closely at the new Android: Block Party ad. The little guy starts playing music from a galaxy S5

  7. Those sick Bastards!!!!

  8. LG G3 GPE would be the best GPE device out there from the devices that released in Q1 or Q2 2014. 3 GB of RAM, Quad HD Display, nice battery life, 13 MP camera w/ OIS? For $450-$500, that’s a great alternative to the S5 and HTC One M8. At least the S5 wouldn’t be stuck with Touchwiz.

  9. i think it would be pretty stupid too put soft keys on the gs5 when it has a home button. it has a multi-tasking and a back button already too.

    1. Idea – since you can’t see the soft keys when their light isn’t on, maybe they’re just disabled? But the home button’s functionality as a fingerprint scanner is still there? So you get onscreen buttons with a fingerprint scanner (and a more convenient wake-up button)

  10. The answer is…F NO! Done with Samsung. Motorola all the way. BTW, F Knox and ugh…you get my drift

    1. Knox wouldn’t be on a Google play edition

      1. Google built it into the OS now

  11. Too late.

  12. The video on the Android.com homepage shows a kid dunking a GS5 in the tank. Not sure if that would be another hint.

  13. I have the GPE GS4 with CM11 on it and it’s the best phone I’ve owned. At least with gpe devices we can have the freedom to do what we want. Knox free hopefully.

  14. Hope they make a GPE Edition of the s5 – so we can get that FIRMWARE ported over to the unlocked boot loader editions… Sorry for the selfish comment – but i Hate TOUCHWIZ!!! also side note – anyone know what happened to the alleged rumor of Android WEAR 2.0?

  15. Android L is Android lolipop ? is it official ?

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