With the Google Play Edition disappearance on the HTC One (M8) is the last of the quasi-smartphone, Nexus series has Play Store disappeared too. It remains unclear whether this step means the end for Google Play editions.
One often hears the release of new smartphones the opinion that the particular device – regardless excellent hardware – better with stock Android should have been provided. The Google Play editions offered so far as it were an answer to this very criticism and always presented an interesting counterpoint to the current flagships are: devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One (M8) was in the Google Play Edition with identical hardware equipment, however acquired with stock Android as the operating system instead of the user interfaces of the hardware manufacturer.
A release outside the United States did not make the device so far, however, in recent months are also gradually disappeared after series devices from the Play Store. With the HTC One (M8) now also adopted the last GPE smartphone, the hope of a local introduction of such devices is thus probably obsolete. The fate of the equipment series, which enjoyed despite the laudable in themselves idea never great enthusiasm remains unclear.
Google Play editions significant for custom ROMs
For users in Europe, however, the news of the disappearance of the GPE devices is yet another reason deplorable: While smartphones have a user interface from Samsung, HTC and Co. often months after the release of a new Android OS version to wait for an update, received the respective Google Play editions updates usually as fast as Nexus devices. Custom ROM developers could then also port for the regular variants, or use it as a basis for your own firmwares.
The absence of the Stock ROM from the Google Play Edition could significantly slow the ROM development and so the Nexus devices remain as the only option for those customers who want a current smartphone with Android Stock and quick updates.