The Google Play edition devices (GPE) is a series of consumer mobile devices sanctioned by Google that run the Android operating system. Unlike the standard versions of Android on these devices, which have received "skins" from the original equipment manufacturer, such as Samsung One UI or HTC Sense, they run a "stock" version of Android,[1] without any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications, making them essentially like Google Nexus and Google Pixel devices in terms of software but they do not carry the Google Nexus branding, nor does their hardware differ from that of the original devices upon which the Play editions are based. Because of this, the software includes slight, under-the-hood changes to function on the original manufacturer's hardware.

These devices are carrier unlocked and GSM-based, and have been offered exclusively through Google's Play Store.[2] Updates for these devices are delivered by Google (bypassing carriers), but are supplied by the original device manufacturer.[3] Although the updates are not supplied directly by Google, as is the case with the products from the Nexus line, these devices receive Android updates at nearly the same time as Nexus products.[4]

In January 2015, Google stopped selling their final Google Play edition phone.[5] While Google never officially announced the end of the program, it has been superseded by the similar Android One program. As of 2019, manufacturers of Android One devices include Xiaomi, HMD Global (Nokia) and Lenovo (Motorola).[6]

Phones

Tablets

References

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  3. ^ "HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition Review - Nearly Nexus". AnandTech. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Klug, Brian. "HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition Review - Nearly Nexus". Anand Tech. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
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  7. ^ "Google turns the Samsung Galaxy S4 into a Nexus phone, coming June 26th for $649". The Verge. May 15, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
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  9. ^ "Samsung GS4 Google Play edition removed from Play Store". August 5, 2014.
  10. ^ "HTC One with stock Android announced, launching June 26th for $599". The Verge. May 30, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  11. ^ "Shop Pixel, Chromecast, and more at Google Store".
  12. ^ "HTC One 2013 Google Play Edition now available for just $500". March 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "HTC One 2013 Google Play edition is no longer for sale in the Play Store". May 19, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Velazco, Chris. "Google Outs Play Edition LG G Pad And Sony Z Ultra, But They're Still US-Only".
  15. ^ "Shop Pixel, Chromecast, and more at Google Store".
  16. ^ "Google Drops The Price Of Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition By $200 – Now Only $449 With Free Shipping". April 29, 2014.
  17. ^ Hearn, Mark (July 8, 2014). "Google silently drops all but three devices from Play edition listings".
  18. ^ "Google Play edition Moto G now available for $180". January 14, 2014.
  19. ^ "Google announces Play Edition Moto G". January 14, 2014.
  20. ^ "Moto G Google Play edition gets discontinued".
  21. ^ "HTC One M8 Google Play edition now available for $700 [UPDATE]". March 25, 2014.
  22. ^ "Shop Pixel, Chromecast, and more at Google Store".
  23. ^ "Google kills off the last remaining Google Play Edition device in the Play Store". January 21, 2015.
  24. ^ "Shop Pixel, Chromecast, and more at Google Store".