Google has decided to remove several smartphones from the Google Play lineup starting last evening. The axe has fallen on the likes of Sony Xperia Z Ultra, HTC M7 as well as the LG G Pad 8.3. The reason for this move has not been made public and discreetly the devices were taken off the shelf. However, an educated guess is that given the low sales number of the devices it made little sense storing the inventories when several new GPE devices on the horizon.
If rumors are to be believed then a whole new line of Android Silver devices is slated to release sometime early next year while there still remains hope that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would be available as a GPE device given countless sporting of the device in the last few months. Surprisingly, Google has decided to keep the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the portfolio and remove the HTC M7. This means the current line up of the Google Play Edition Devices includes the HTC M8, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Motorola Moto G with no indication on whether the LG G3 will ever join the ranks.
There are several questions that still linger on about the move, for example, what happens to the likes of the Xperia Z Ultra and the LG G Pad 8.3 from here on? Both the devices saw a lifespan of less than 7 months having released only in December. We hope for the sake of those few who did buy it that Google would continue to support the devices for at least a foreseeable future.