Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition retired, GPe line’s future in doubt

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Galaxy S4 Google Play editionWith once-booming rumors of a Nexus family reshuffling or outright extinction officially quashed, the biggest, most difficult-to-answer question regarding Google’s hardware future involves the GPe series. And since Google Play edition devices started disappearing without a trace a little while back, it seems logical to assume the end is near.

After saying our painful goodbyes to the vanilla Android-running [easyazon-link asin=”B00CMVLH66″ locale=”us”]HTC One M7[/easyazon-link], [easyazon-link asin=”B00F7HH7N4″ locale=”us”]Sony Xperia Z Ultra[/easyazon-link] and [easyazon-link asin=”B00HL3P9EG” locale=”us”]LG G Pad 8.3[/easyazon-link], I’m afraid it’s now time to bid farewell to the handheld that started it all back in June 2013. So long, [easyazon-link asin=”B00CSW9WN4″ locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition[/easyazon-link], we hardly knew you.

Okay, maybe I’m being a little melodramatic, as the “fantastic in plastic” five-incher was becoming old and unattractive for anyone the least bit familiar with the hottest Android gear around. I mean, come on, the S4 is a joke compared to [easyazon-link asin=”B00J3554KE” locale=”us”]HTC’s One M8[/easyazon-link].

What’s gut-wrenchingly painful here is there’s no sequel on the horizon. Yes, a GS5 GPe “leaked” to the press at one point, but either it was a hoax, or Google and Sammy abandoned plans to release the stock KitKat-based 5.1-incher in the meantime.

For the record, there’s a slim chance that the end of the GPe program will mark the beginning of Android Silver, which should partially make up for the disappointment. Just partially, because if Silver is real, Nexus might be close to oblivion as well. And no, the Moto G and HTC One M8 Google Play editions aren’t discontinued yet, but they may not have long to go either.

Via [Pocket Now]

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