Google Play edition

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.

Sony Z Ultra GPe getting a bug fixing Android 4.4.2 update

The two newest Google Play edition devices are getting an update. The update is bringing them from Android 4.4 to 4.4.2 and while it was nice to see the update so quickly on the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, it seems those carrying a Sony Z Ultra may find it a bit nicer. You see, not only is this update bumping your version of Android on the Z Ultra, but it is also taking care of the recently discovered bugs.

LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition tablet getting Android 4.4.2

The LG G Pad 8.3 became the first tablet in the Google Play edition device lineup last week and it looks like this device is living up to the GPe name. By that, we mean updates that tend to arrive much quicker as compared to a regular carrier or manufacturer branded device. The tablet arrived last week with Android 4.4 and we are already seeing the over-the-air arrival of Android 4.4.2.
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