Last month, we reported that the Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3, HTC One M7, and Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition devices were all appearing as out of stock on the Play Store for several weeks. Today, Google officially removed the Z Ultra, G Pad, and M7 from the Play Store, and they no longer appear under the Google Play Edition devices section.


The remaining three phones are the One M8, Moto G, and Galaxy S4. The S4, though, has been continuously out of stock for around three weeks now, so its demise seem inevitable, as well. A long-rumored Galaxy S5 GPE device has yet to materialize, though, even after months of the phone being on the market, and the introduction of the altogether unexpected Samsung Gear Live Android Wear smartwatch.


Could Google Play Edition devices be winding down? Or are we merely in a holding phase while Google ramps up the next generation of GPE hardware? It's hard to say. With rumors swirling around Android Silver and the upcoming Nexus tablet, Google Play Experience devices may end up being deprecated as unnecessary. They clearly were never intended to be sold in mass quantities, that much is sure.

We'll keep you updated if anything else changes on the GPE device front in the coming weeks and months.

Play Store (Z Ultra, G Pad 8.3, One M7)

David Ruddock
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  • Steve Secor

    Shawn sheds a tear for the Z Ultra...

  • NexusKoolaid

    The GPE Devices portion of the Play Store was reminding me of Monty Python's Cheese Shop act. Hopefully the devices that survived the cut will be back in stock soon.

  • jazzruby

    oops... "out of stick on the Play Store"

  • Matthew Merrick

    I really don't understand why they got rid of the Z Ultra. M7 makes plenty of sense, and I can kind of understand the G Pad to make room for the HTC Nexus Tab, but why the Z Ultra?

    • Brandon Jiang

      Probably because it sold next to nothing, even compared to other GPe devices. I don't think the giant 6.44 inch phone thing is very popular in the US

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        Sadly I'm the only person I've ever seen with one. It's such a badass device.

  • Mark Bailey

    Out of sticks!

    • Crispin Swickard

      I hate when I run out of sticks. :'(

      • WORPspeed

        Just punch some trees and create them anew! It does suck when you're deep down in the mine searching for diamonds and are out of torches

        • Crispin Swickard

          And if you don't have charcoal, and all. Its a vicious circle.

          • WORPspeed

            Punching trees is where it begins...everything originates from punching trees.
            When in doubt,punch a tree.

            Keep calm
            punch a tree

          • Mozaik

            Chuck Norris don't even have to punch the tree , sticks, diamonds , torch all automatically falls of the tree.

          • WORPspeed

            Chuck Norris finished the game before The Netherdragon was introduced


            In Soviet Russia, tree punches you!

  • Harvie Boles

    appearing as out of stick

  • matt

    The One M7 GPE was my very first android phone after years of iOS loyalty. So long, my good friend....so long. You did well.

    • ProductFRED

      I'm sure it'll continue to be updated. The hardware is far more than capable.

      • matt

        Oh thats not what I meant. Been on a N5 for months now. I was just saying it was a great device.

        • Andrea Bittau

          Why did you change ? if i can ask.. :)

          from one to n5 ? i've a n5 too i'm just curios :P

          • Mozaik

            Because he has Nexus ( in batman voice).

          • A_Noid

            Because the Nexus us a lot faster I am guessing. The M7 uses a Snapdragon 600, and the Nexus uses a Snapdragon 800. The 800 is a lot faster than the 600.

  • Paul_Werner

    Ok Google... out of stock
    Google - out of stick
    Ok Google... no I said out of stock

    • Paul_Werner

      Not sure why Disqus wanted to un-animate the GIF there

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        You need to upload it to imgur.com and them paste the direct link here. Like this: http://i.imgur.com/rh9WUqv.gif

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      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. Happens sometimes.

        Here you go: http://asset-a.soup.io/asset/4021/5468_a2d4.gif .

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    • Badouken

      Gas POWERED Stick!!!

      • Franco Rossel


  • charlie

    Well this sucks

  • Fabian Pineda

    Not sure what to take from this, but in the end Silver is probably meant to evolve from GPE. Silver and Nexus, Android paradise.

    • Crispin Swickard

      That is what I am hoping for. If there is silver there is no need for GPE, but there is still need for Nexus.

      • Mike Reid

        Assuming bootloaders are easily unlockable, and carrier/SIM unlocked is good too.

        • Crispin Swickard

          They certainly are, but if GPE is gone there will be a lack of those going around. Google currently seems to be indicating Nexus will still be around. I and many others hope that is the case.

  • Chris Banks

    Here you go Google.

  • Simon Belmont

    Damn. I'm almost done with my model log cabin.

    But I'm out of sticks: http://ww2.valdosta.edu/~cihutto/popsicle%20stick%20house.jpg .

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So... New devices coming soon then?

    • PiLoT .

      im hoping for s5

  • remister

    And the birth of the OUT OF STICK AP meme!!!!

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      add that to SOON BACKANSWER and you've got a new way to write emails to AP

  • tintin.92

    From what we know about Android Silver, is it gonna be any different from GPE?

    • Cuvis

      The major difference that's been reported so far is that Silver devices will also be available in stores.

      • tintin.92

        Wow, that would be AWESOME!