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Google Play edition program dead as HTC One M8 departs

Google Play edition program dead as HTC One M8 departs

Two weeks ago, we pondered the death of Google’s ‘Play edition’ program. At the time, Google Play edition devices had slowly been slipping away from the Play Store, with only the HTC One M8 sticking around. Now, Google has stopped selling that device as well. The Play Store no longer lists any Google Play edition devices, leaving the program itself without a single handset. For fans of the Google Play edition line, it’s sad day, and one that likely marks the end to a more vanilla Android on non-Nexus devices from the OEM themselves.

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Is the Google Play edition program dead?

Is the Google Play edition program dead?

Google Play edition devices were supposed to be a branch of the Nexus program, where OEMs like Samsung or HTC could peddle their stripped-down wares for us all. Don’t like TouchWiz? Great, keep the hardware and enjoy a GPe Galaxy S4. That was the plan, but it doesn’t seem to have gone so well. With the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 leaving the Play Store, we’re left with one option, and a program that seems to be in decline and on its way out.

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New ‘Device Assist’ app helps you with all things Android

New ‘Device Assist’ app helps you with all things Android

Do you even know what’s going on with Android? If you’re a new user, probably not. There are a lot of subtle tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Android handset, and Google is finally acknowledging it’s not easy to know what those are. A new app, Device Assist, has landed on the Play Store today, and helps users discover all the neat little ways they can make their device last longer and provide the info they want. Well, so long as you have a Google-y android handset, that is.

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Nexus updates no longer guaranteed in 2 weeks

Nexus updates no longer guaranteed in 2 weeks

Among the more anxious Android fans are those who have Nexus devices. When a new anything comes out, that faction assumes they’re first in line — and rightfully so. The whole scope of Nexus is to give you a direct line to Android as Google envisions it, or at least that was the aim. It seems Google is changing the language regarding updates to Nexus and Google Play edition devices to reflect a new Nexus-y world where carriers have a say.

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Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition with Lollipop release imminent

Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition with Lollipop release imminent

While we did, honestly, expect the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition to be launched several months ago at this point, it would seem that they’re finally ready to roll. With the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the official preview we saw courtesy of Samsung itself earlier this month, there can’t be much time between now and the GPE. What with Google’s update of their Android homepage still including the elusive Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5 alongside the new Nexus family, we have only to ask - what’s the holdup?

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Google Play updated with less smartphone, more Android Wear

Google Play updated with less smartphone, more Android Wear

This afternoon the team behind the Google Play Devices Shop have made with the updates - Google Play giveth, and Google Play taketh away. What we’re seeing is the reduction of stock with the Google Play Edition devices, to start with. If you’ve not checked over the past few months, you’ll now be shocked to find that the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the original HTC One have completely disappeared from the shop.

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Google Play Edition Galaxy S5 teased by Google

Google Play Edition Galaxy S5 teased by Google

With a black background and very little detail to be had, Google has made clear that they’re about to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S5 in Google Play Edition colors. This device will be white from the start, readying itself for release right alongside the already-released Google Play Edition HTC One (M8).

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