Google Play edition

HTC One M7, M8 Google Play Edition to get Lollipop on Friday

We understand everybody is hustling to get Android 5.0 out to their flagship devices, but Google Play Editions usually get updates a bit faster than the regular versions. Owners of HTC One M7 and M8 Google Play Editions were a bit excited at the update, especially as HTC teased that it might arrive early this week. Well, scratch that.

Rumored Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition might arrive with Android Lollipop

Of course, the latest Android smartphones getting a taste of Lollilop is imminent. It’s just a matter of when or how soon phone makers and carriers will roll out the update. We’re still rooting for the Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition to be released soon but it’s taking Google some time. We don’t know why but at least we know that a Lollilop-powered Galaxy S5 will be available soon together with new Nexus phones.

More devices getting Google Now launcher support

The Google Now launcher was probably the pick of the bunch of features that launched with Android 4.4 Kitkat (you can argue that point with us, of course), and it became all the more better when Google started peddling the launcher to other devices other than those bearing the Nexus prefix through the Google Play Store. After the app’s recent update, we bet more people will be happier because of the apparently wider range of devices supported.

Moto G GPe gets Android 4.4.4 update

As Google started slowly rolling out its 4.4.4 update, the guessing game as to when certain gadgets will get it has begun. Well Moto G Google Play edition owners will not have to wait any longer (or wait a little longer, in some cases) as Motorola has started a staged OTA rollout of the update. They will be taken straight from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4 since they did not even receive the earlier update that Google sent out a few weeks before.

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition gets a $200 price drop

It seems the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition has gotten a pretty significant price drop today. The handset first arrived back in December and while generally liked in day-to-day use, many complained about the price. It initially arrived with a $650 price point. As of today however, you can pick it up for $200 less.

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.
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