Google Play Edition

HTC One M8 GPe hands-on: That Duo Camera compromise

HTC One M8 GPe hands-on: That Duo Camera compromise

HTC was taking no chances with the HTC One M8, confirming not only versions of its new flagship for the key US carriers but a Google Play edition right at launch, and that's what's landed on the SlashGear test bench. Google's approach with GPe phones is generally straightforward: get the best hardware from manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, and LG, only with unmodified Android rather than whatever tweaks and changes would normally be present. Problem is, HTC has spent no small amount of time with the One M8's Duo Camera system, and so there was work to be done to get that up and running even without HTC Sense 6.

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HTC One M8 Google Play Edition detailed: duo camera intact

HTC One M8 Google Play Edition detailed: duo camera intact

Right on top of the HTC One M8 being revealed this week in full, officially, the company has made clear they intend to continue releasing Google Play Edition devices. What’s unique about this release - as opposed to the HTC One code-named M7 from 2013 - is that it’s got some API code HTC is providing Google to make its camera setup work in Google’s vanilla Android build. The camera, as you may already know, is not one, but a set of two on the HTC One M8’s back.

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Moto G Google Play Edition hands-on vs Motorola’s G

Moto G Google Play Edition hands-on vs Motorola’s G

When we heard about the Moto G being offered as a Google Play Edition handset, we immediately scratched our heads in wonder. Why would Google offer a device from their own store with the exact same price as the original device when the software is essentially the same? The answer lies in Google's unique plan, the one where they hand-pick the most appealing devices in the market and sell them themselves - all other matters pale when shown in the face of this Google Play Edition long-term goal.

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Review

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition Review

The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition is undoubtedly the most unique form factor in Google's collection of Nexus and Nexus-like devices today. What we've gotten out of it so far is just that - if you're looking for a replacement for a device you've got in your pocket already, something that's just an upgrade from a large smartphone you've had in the past, this isn't it. Instead you've got a device that's massively solid and feels like a whole new generation in in-between greatness.

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition first-impressions

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition first-impressions

This week Google sprang a couple of devices on the public with little to no leaks or warnings, incredibly so, with the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition bringing up the tablet front. This device has landed on SlashGear's review bench this week complete with a standard AOSP build of Android inside, rolling with Android 4.4 KitKat to boot. You'll find this machine working with a cool 8.3-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution up front and a full metal jacket (aluminum, that is) around its back.

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition first-impressions

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition first-impressions

The first Sony-made device to appear amongst the Google Play Edition ranks has arrive on SlashGear's doorstep, that being the Sony Z Ultra. This device went by the name Xperia Z Ultra earlier this year before it was ushered in as a more pure Android experience from Google, here appearing with essentially the same specifications save the unlocked and un-skinned details within. Now we're seeing the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition ready for action here ready to roll for 2014.

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Google Play Edition expands: Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 get pure

Google Play Edition expands: Sony Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 get pure

This week the folks responsible for socking the Google Play store with the latest and greatest in Android devices have added another LG and a brand new Sony device to their ranks. What you'll find is both the massiveness of what was called (earlier this year) the Xperia Z Ultra as well as the LG G Pad 8.3, both of them being released with "Google Play Edition" on their box. These devices will be released in a manner not unlike that of the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition official with AOSP Android

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition official with AOSP Android

There's a new tablet appearing soon from Google called the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, the first tablet to enter this arena of "Nexus" devices. This isn't the first time a device has been released with a more "pure" version of Android - we've got the Nexus 7 and 10, after all, but it is the first time Google has worked with a manufacturer for a tablet to be released the same way the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions where. This machine will otherwise work with the same specifications as the original LG G Pad 8.3, for the most part.

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