Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition removed from the Play Store, only One M8 and Moto G remain


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Just a quick heads up, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition has been removed from the Google Play Store. We’ve seen devices removed in the past, only to return later in the day, so we’re not sure how “final” this might be. We should point out the the phone is still listed under Google Play Support’s country availability page, but given it’s already been a little over a year since Samsung first announced the Galaxy S4 GPe, we’d imagine the handset has been finally put out to pasture.

It was only a few weeks back Google thinned out the number of GPe devices on Google Play after the sudden removal of Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, and the original HTC One (M7). Currently there are only 2 Google Play edition devices left standing: the HTC One M8 Google Play edition and the Motorola Moto G Google Play edition.

As it stands, the fate of Google Play edition devices hangs in the balance. For the uninitiated, Google Play edition devices are smartphones and tablets free from the usual user interface customizations offered by manufacturers. A stock Android experience as it were, similar to what we find on Google’s own Nexus devices. Not too long ago there was rumors of Google replacing the program with Android Silver, essentially the same idea, but one that would see near-stock Android variants offered on-contract by major US carriers. Unfortunately, it seems the man spearheading the Android Silver initiative recently left Google for SoftBank.

Also, let’s not forget one of the program’s biggest partners passed on offering up a GPe version of their flagship this time around — the Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s all too telling given the fact that Samsung, whom last year was first out the gate to announce a Google Play edition device, sneezes out hardware variants like no one else. Given Samsung only has to alter the software found on the Galaxy S5 in order to offer a GPe variant, it’s still possible we could see it added in the future (but we aren’t holding our breath).

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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. With the removal of the S4, I would’t be surprised if the S5 GPe shows up at the party.

    1. Hoping to god it’s the 32GB version (heh, who am I kidding?).

      1. At this point I just don’t think that it’s going to happen. And at the rate they’re dropping, I think that the Google Play Edition program is almost dead.

        1. Yea, I dont even think it’s profitable at all. I guess the only reason for GPe is for more android exposures.

  2. Here comes Android Silver…

  3. Thought it was removed weeks ago and then a bunch showed up on expansys for reduced price.

  4. It seems Samsung doesn’t like Google right now. They are rebellious to some of the things Google asked of them.

    1. Yea, they have become really arrogant since their large market share.

  5. Expansys USA has huge discount on those :)

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