Google Play edition

HTC One (M8) Google Play edition initial hands-on

Just as we saw with the HTC One (M7) last year, there are a variety of models of the HTC One (M8) available. You will be able to find the branded carrier models as well as the Unlocked and Developer Edition models direct from HTC. And as you'll see discussed here in this post, the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition (GPe). This one brings Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat without Sense 6, but it is not quite as pure as some of the earlier GPe handsets.

HTC One M8 gets a Google Play Edition conversion process

Many might have been enamored by HTC latest flagship but don't really give a care for the custom software running on the HTC One M8. Trying to combine the best of all words, some more enterprising developers over at XDA have come up with ways to get a Google Play Edition on the smartphone experience without having to pay more for an unlocked GPE device.

‘Android Silver’ rumor puts Google in carrier stores

A rumor is circling the Internet this afternoon, alleging that Google is working with carriers to provide an “Android Silver” program. The scope of the purported plan is to set aside floorspace in stores for a kiosk, wherein the carriers would house what amounts to Google Play Edition devices. Store personnel would also have to be specially trained to sell these devices.

HTC One (M8) Google Play and Developer editions officially unveiled

Along with the regular model HTC One (M8) that we will see arriving with carriers, there will also be a Google Play and Developer edition. As we've seen with HTC in the past, the Google Play and Developer edition handsets will keep the same overall look and feel, but have some differences in terms of the software. Notably in the case of the GPe model -- this will be running stock Kit Kat.

Moto G GPe conversion made possible with MotoTool AIO

Motorola already offers a fairly clean Android experience on the Moto G. Not to mention, they have also proven quick on the updates. But while those points both add up for a solid experience for Moto G users, it seems there is a group that would have preferred the Google Play edition. The GPe Moto G arrived in mid-January and is available from the Google Play Store. That may be good news for those who have yet to make a purchase, however it doesn't necessarily help those who had previously made a Moto G purchase.

Moto G now available as a Google Play Edition device

Motorola and Google are finally acknowledging one another via the Play Store. Though perhaps a bit unnecessary as Motorola doesn’t heavily skin Android, the Moto G is now available as a Google Play Edition device. Starting at $179 for the 8GB model, and a mere $199 for the 16GB model, the Moto G is available now via Google. This brings with it a real unfiltered option for fans of Android, and prepaid mobile.

Sony Z Ultra GPe ROM drops for the Xperia Z1

The Google Play edition Sony Z Ultra arrived a bit earlier in the month. That handset joined the GPe lineup along with the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, but more important for today -- the ROM from the GPe Z Ultra has been pulled and released for another of the more popular Sony handsets, the Xperia Z1. The catch is, the ROM is not quite fully baked just yet.
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