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Multiple Google Play edition devices vanish into thin air, Android Silver nigh?

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Sony-Z-Ultra-Google-Play-EditionThe future of the Nexus family is settled once and for all, despite no N5, N7 or N10 sequels being on the horizon. But Google’s straightforwardness hasn’t extended to the rumored Android Silver program yet. Or to Google Play Edition devices, stuck in limbo for the time being.

Since all of new media was practically convinced Nexus was a thing of the past a few weeks back, it’s obvious reading between the lines of Big G’s often elusive publicity techniques is becoming increasingly hard.

But we’re still ready to give it another go today, as three GPe gadgets have just disappeared from the Play Store. Listed as out of stock for a while, the vanilla Android-running HTC One M7, Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 are gone altogether and will probably never come back.

Not a big tragedy for anybody, as they were all getting fairly old, but the implications of Google’s move could be huge for GPe’s long-term fate. As the line currently consists of merely stock KitKat-based Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One M8 and Motorola Moto G, either the family’s end or its reboot is nearing.

If the latter pans out, we may be seeing Z Ultra and G Pad spin-offs break cover soon enough, alongside a greatly anticipated Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition. Meanwhile, if new beginnings aren’t in order, Android Silver might debut by the end of summer. In September, October, at the latest. How about it, which one would you prefer?

Via [Android Police]

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