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Will Google branch out the Google Play Edition lineup?

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It has been a while since Google announced any Google Play Edition smartphones, with the Galaxy S4 and HTC One released close to one another and nothing new coming since. Sony was expected to reveal the Xperia Z GPE, but nothing ever came of that rumor.

In the past few weeks we have seen a few new flagship releases, with the LG G2, Xperia Z1, Galaxy Note 3, Huawei Ascend P6 and Moto X all available or coming shortly to a ton of different carriers, now would be the time to add some new Google Play Edition smartphones.

According to Motorola, the Moto X will be coming to the Google Play store but not in the classical version. With the HTC One and GS4, the software skin was removed as was the bloatware from carriers and the manufacturer, with the Moto X, the features will stay.

Basically this will be a way for the Google Play store to sell the Moto X off contract, but we really do not see the need. Motorola can sell the phone off contract on their own site and it comes with the Moto Maker, normally Google Play Editions come with stock options.

As for the LG G2, the company has already said a Google Play Edition is not anywhere in the near future. LG is pushing the new flagship out to carriers with over 130 worldwide, we doubt they have time for the Google Play edition or want anyone off their UI skin.

Huawei has also been silent regarding the Ascend P6 getting a GPE makeover, one that would really change the smartphone from the currently Emotions UI, one of the worst UIs to come from Asia.

There has been rumors about Oppo adding a Google Play Edition of the Find 5 and the possibility of Meizu and Xiaomi creating a GPE to start the ball rolling in the US, but this has been little more than chatter, rumors and requests on forum boards.

Sony will be unlikely to add a Google Play Edition Xperia Z1, simply because they do not block ROMs and offer easy steps to add different user experiences. The only likely candidate right now is Samsung with the Galaxy Note 3 and even this may not be coming.

We do have the LG Nexus 5 looking forward, this will come at the same price as the Nexus 4 with no bloatware and impressive new hardware, according to recent leaks.