Without explanation, Google appears to have removed some Play Edition devices from its online store—the Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One (M7) have all disappeared from existence. Seeing as these devices are on the older end of the tech spectrum, we can make a pretty good guess as to why Google is making these changes. But the G Pad 8.3? That’s still a pretty solid device. Right now consumers can only go for the M8, Moto G and Galaxy S4. That’s a pretty limited selection, though the Nexus 5 is still available, too.
With rumors of an Android Silver program on the horizon, it would make sense that Google is slowly purging its store of older devices. Perhaps until that initiative is live, maybe we’ll see some newer GPE devices launch. A Galaxy S5, anyone? I’m sure people wouldn’t mind a LG G3 GPE. We’re also expecting a new Nexus smartphone to come out at some point this year—probably when Android L becomes available this fall.
For now, consumers can pick up the HTC One (M8), Moto G and Galaxy S4. Still not a bad selection, but odd that Google would take them down without reason. I’m sure Android fans would have appreciate a final sale before they were removed.