20
Jun
z_ultra_gpe

If you're still on the fence about picking up a Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Z Ultra, or HTC One M7, you may have run out of time. All three devices are presently showing as out of stock on the Google Play Store. History tells us that once devices go out of stock on the Play Store, they often tend to remain in that state indefinitely.

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If this were a temporary situation, I'd say it's only so for the G Pad 8.3 since that device is still fairly young, being not-quite 8 months old. That said, this is most likely the end of the road for the Z Ultra and HTC One M7. Both of those devices recently got a permanent price cut, and in the world of retail, that normally means they're trying to get rid of remaining stock. Unfortunately, since demand for Google Play Edition devices, by design, isn't going to be all that high, it makes a lot of business sense to just do one manufacturing run and when they're gone, they're gone. This is purely speculation, of course, since there has been no official announcement from Google or any of the OEMs in question, but if you want one of these devices, I'd start checking the used marketplace.

Update: The Galaxy S4 GPE is now out of stock as well, leaving only the HTC One M8 and Moto G available for purchase as of right now. While I'm only speculating at this point, the phone may have been cleared of stock to make way for a Galaxy S5 GPE, which is rumored to be the SM-G900FG device that has been spotted in Bluetooth certifications.

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His daily drivers are a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Corey Watford

    With Google I/O Less than a Week away, Im think Android Silver is Coming

    • Serge Cebrian

      and if nexus devices do indeed cease to exist, then i hope that one of those Android Silver line Up has a phone with a price and features comparable to the Android reference Phone :)

      • Corey Watford

        Personally Im thinking that Moto X+1 will be that Phone

        • jonathan3579

          Don't you get my hopes up!!

          • William Morgan

            I would be sooo happy if this is what happened.

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          • bj

            What did YOU get?

        • Evan Wickes

          i dont think Android Silver will make its debut yet since there is supposed to be a Nexus 8 tablet that HTC won a bid for back in Dec (rumor). I think the upcoming Silver platform refers more to the Nexus 6. just my 2 pennies.

          • Corey Watford

            Im thinking the Silver Program will only be for phones, and this HTC Tablet will be the last device under the Nexus label

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      • JD

        Right now this whole android silver thing could go many different ways.

        1. Android silver could be a replacement to Nexus line

        2. Android silver could replace GPE devices except be offered at carrier pricing and Google could still keep the Nexus line.

        3. Nexus devices could still be made, but at a much lower quality I'm thinking moto G type pricing, as the only real purpose for Nexus is development and showcasing newer software and thanks to kitkat software is a lot lighter now.

        just my thoughts.

        • grumpyfuzz

          4. silver won't exist :)

          • Wall Breaker

            That's what I'm hoping the Nexus 5 made me a a Nexus fan for life.

            I've used all other OEM's flagship devices over the years by swapping phones with people on craigslist and why the phone isn't perfect it is the best all around device.

            My only complaint honestly is battery life and I would like a slightly bigger screen like a 5.2 or 5.5 with super slim bezels.

            The camera has actually been great for me no issues I think people greatly overexaggerated its performance and quality.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Can we please stop this bullshit "nexus is going away" talk?

      • joser116

        That's what I was thinking

    • Lucas Maffazioli

      Winter is coming

  • Roh_Mish

    The demise of nexus line makes me cry!!!
    Please google, dont do this.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

    I have a G Pad GPE and I love it. Battery could be better, but other than that the screen size is perfect and it's nice and light, not to mention that there are a large amount of accessories made for it.

    Only worry is that so far it hasn't gotten 4.4.3, while I believe it's been released for the other GPE devices.

    • Ron

      I'll second that. I have a G Pad GPE also. My issues with it are battery life and screen brightness. If the next Google device is better, I'm all over it.

    • Suman Gandham

      Got an OTA update today... not 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 though... 118MB just for bloody Knock Code!!

  • Zyre

    I don't understand these rumors. Why would Google ditch the Nexus brand and call it Android Silver? It's like starting from scratch. Nexus has a following and most finally know about it.

    • Fellwalker

      But nexus is known for being great value (far cheaper than the competition), and if they increased the price they'd have more outcry. As a nexus owner (4,5,7,7 2013) I'd like to see the range continue and grow. Sadly they've proved they can sell stock versions of major phones at a premium so why not charge more? Originally nexus was about developer phones that were stock and readily rooted, and people bought them to change and adapt. Android is now a mature system and doesn't need (or want?) that. Indeed articles I've read suggest unlocking and root will be harder to achieve, and normal users won't be able to get at or change much of what Google provides. App-ops no longer works in 4.4.2 and later, so unless you run XPrivacy (or a similar heavy duty app) you can't block permissions for other apps that uneccessarily want to read your contacts or messages. Google need to lock us in to their ecosystem and letting us escape from their view by blocking their core programs does not help them.
      The demise of nexus is not a surprise to me. Google have a history of proving something works, then creating a different thing that builds on that but which promotes the Google advert selling ecosystem.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Damn, just when I thought about getting a G Pad 8.3 it runs out of stock...

    • Sean Cummins

      They've been showing up on Swappa for ~$200 - $210 for a while. Rumors are pointing toward an 8.9 inch tablet so I'm holding out for that.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        I'm not sure about 8.9 (that seems more like a Nexus 9 to me honestly), I'd rather take a 8.3 display, to put it right in the middle of the tablet line between N7 and N10

        • Sean Cummins

          I haven't been able to get my hands on a G Pad yet, probably the only reason I haven't bought one yet. But I picked up the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" and loved the size of it. If it doesn't turn up at I/O I'll probably start looking a little harder for a G Pad.

    • alwin006

      Just wait for the new Nexus tablet

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        We still don't know for sure if it is coming out or not

  • Matthew
  • sagisarius

    I notice some of the Nexus 7s are out too... not sure if that's new or not though.

  • NaHiM

    Maybe need space to the next Android Silver versions.

  • paxmos

    I was hoping for GS4 GPE to come down in price so that I could buy one...oh well!!!

  • Ann Lazebna

    Unlock HTC
    by IMEI http://www.imei-server.com/

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