Last year, Google began to release special Google Play Edition versions of both select phones and tablets. The advantage of these devices is that they give users stock Android on hardware you might have to root to get it otherwise.
Of course, there isn’t as much demand for these devices, since most of them cost north of $400 and are only available in the United States. So these devices will definitely stop being sold at some point and it looks like that has come for several of them.
The Google Play Edition (GPE) HTC One (M7), the LG G Pad 8.3 GPE , and the Sony Z Ultra GPE are all currently out of stock. When a device goes out of stock on the Play Store, that’s usually key that Google or its partners are no longer interested in selling it.
The HTC One M7 was released in June of 2013 and the Sony Z Ultra was released in July 2013, so those devices are most likely not coming back anytime soon. The LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is only 8 months old however, so that device’s return is still up in the air. And since the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE is also almost a year old, that might disappear soon as well.
So if you wanted any of the out of stock devices, you now have to check in the used marketplace. And if you want a new Google Play Edition variant of the Galaxy S4, you should act now.