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HTC One M8 GPE now getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow

One M8 GPE

Just as promised a few days ago, #HTC has now started sending out the #Android 6.0 update to the Google Play Edition #OneM8 smartphone. Being a GPE device, the handset is promised Nexus like software support and it’s good to see the company sticking to that promise. The One M8 GPE is one of the last known GPE devices in the market, so this update is quite crucial for the company.

The update is said to be a hefty 472MB for the owners of the GPE One M8, but that shouldn’t be a problem given what it’s bringing to the table. Knowing that the handset runs a stock version of Android, you can expect the same changes that we saw with the Nexus Marshmallow updates. This includes Google Now on Tap, Doze mode for enhanced battery performance and some improvements to Google Now functionality.

If you’re impatient to wait for the update, you can install it manually by downloading the link below which comes directly from Google.

Android 6.0 Download Link for the GPE HTC One M8

Are you seeing the update already? Make sure you let us know in the comments section below.

Source: XDA Forums

Via: 9to5Google

GPE Galaxy S4 finally getting the Android 5.1 update [Download Link]

Google Play Edition Galaxy S4

Google Play Edition Galaxy S4

#Samsung has finally wised up and decided to send out the Android 5.1 update for the Google Play Edition #GalaxyS4, which was released roughly two years ago. This smartphone features the same internals as the standard Galaxy S4, but with a stock version of Android. Given that it’s a Google product (kind of), it was expected that the handset be on top of the list in terms of updates. But sadly that hasn’t been the case.

Customers who have stuck with the device up until now will be glad to see the update though. It should appear as an OTA on your smartphone and it might help to check the Settings page if you’re not seeing it already. If you’re impatient to get the update on your device, hit this link to manually download the OTA file.

There’s no telling if Samsung will send out the upcoming Android 6.0 update for the smartphone, despite being a GPE device. For now, users will have to count their blessings to know that Samsung has finally sent out an update for the handset.

Coming from Android 5.0 (build LRX21P), users won’t notice any massive changes in terms of visuals. Strangely, the update being sent out is Android 5.1 and not Android 5.1.1, which is the most recent build. But we’re hopeful that the company will send that update over the coming days.

Via: Android Police

GPE HTC One M7 receiving Android 5.1 update

HTC One M7 GPE

HTC One M7 GPE

Although HTC has backed out of supporting the HTC One M7 after Android 5.0, but the Google Play Edition model of the handset is still on course to receive the latest updates. Users of the GPE HTC One M7 are now getting the Android 5.1 update, about over a month after Google rolled out the update to its Nexus devices (barring the Nexus 9 which got the update only recently).

The device is already running Android 5.0, so the update won’t bring any groundbreaking changes to the table. The build number will change to LMY47O though, but nothing much will be different apart from that. The update is a rather hefty 280MB in size, so you will be better off trying to download it over WiFi.

It’s good to see that Google is still showing HTC that Android 5.1 can still run on its two year old flagship. This is ironic as HTC’s excuse for not sending out the 5.1 update for the standard One M7 was performance related concerns.

If you’ve already received the update on your device, make sure you let us know by leaving a comment below.

Download Link (5.0.1 to 5.1)

Via: Android Police

GPE Samsung Galaxy S4 getting Android 5.1 update soon

GPE Galaxy S4

GPE Galaxy S4

With Google already sending out the Android 5.1 update for its Nexus handsets and tablets, GPE devices are not far along. One of the oldest Google Play Edition devices, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is now revealed to be receiving the Android 5.1 update. This comes as most GPE devices are currently running Android 5.0, with no sign of the Android 5.1 update as of yet.

The source doesn’t have a fixed timeframe for the rollout of the update, but claims that Google and Samsung are currently working on bringing this idea to fruition. Since GPE devices run a stock version of Android, Google and Samsung don’t have to put in too much effort to bring the update.

The Google Play Edition program was kicked off in 2013 with devices like the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One M7, followed later by the likes of the Sony Z Ultra as well as the LG G Pad 8.3. Unfortunately, Google has decided to ditch this program given the lack of excitement from the OEMs. So you probably won’t find any new GPE devices hitting the shelves any time soon.

Via: Sam Mobile

HTC One M8 GPE no longer available through the Play Store

HTC One M8 GPE

HTC One M8 GPE

The HTC One M8 GPE was the only lasting Google Play Edition smartphone available on Google’s online store. And as of today, the smartphone has been officially taken from the Play Store, which officially (or unofficially) marks the end of the Google Play Edition lineup.

This was a gradual process with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Sony Z Ultra and the LG G Pad 8.3 being removed from the Play Store and now it seems like the HTC One M8 is getting the boot as well.

In cases like these, it’s awfully hard to get confirmation from Google directly, but it’s safe to say that we probably won’t see the One M8 on the Play Store any time soon. We’re hoping against hope that HTC will have a GPE version of the One M9 which is launching in March. This will provide a stock Android alternative to those seeking a “vanilla” experience with their smartphone.

Do you think Google or the manufacturers shouldn’t have given up on the GPE series?

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Android Authority

Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE no longer available in the Play Store

Galaxy S4 GPE

Galaxy S4 GPE

Google partnered with Samsung, HTC and later Sony to offer stock Android options of their top end handsets, calling this lineup the Google Play Edition devices. But as the days passed, we saw that OEMs weren’t all that interested in this concept. And today, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has officially exited the list, making the HTC One M8 the last remaining GPE device on Google’s store.

LG launched the GPE version of the G Pad 8.3 through the Play Store last year which has also gone out of sale some time ago. Maybe this is a hint that manufacturers are no longer going to offer stock Android alternatives to their flagship devices.

We’re not sure what the reasons are, but it’s likely that the burden of offering software support for two flagship devices at the same time might have caused concern for the OEMs. So if you’ve wanted a Google Play Edition device in your hands, the HTC One M8 is the only option available, but we’re not sure for how long.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Phandroid

Google Play Edition HTC One M8 and One M7 getting Android 5.0 this week

HTC One M8 GPE

HTC One M8 GPE

HTC delayed the Android 5.0 update for the GPE One M8 last week. But it seems like the company has finally rectified the bugs plaguing its Android 5.0 ROM as it is now ready to roll out the update to the handset. HTC’s Mo Versi has claimed that the update should receive technical approval or TA by the end of today, meaning that the official roll out is just a few days away.

It usually takes manufacturers a couple of days at most to send out the update after getting the technical approval. So expect to find the update on your device by tomorrow or the day after. It is hoped that HTC and Google have fixed all the last minute bugs that delayed the update in the first place.

It’s good to know that HTC hasn’t taken long to fix the issues so that the update can be sent out quickly. Make sure you’re on the lookout for an update if you own the GPE One M8 or the One M7 from last year.

Source: @moversi – Twitter

Via: Android Central

Is Google working on a GPE Galaxy S5 with Android 5.0?

Google Play Edition Galaxy S5

Google Play Edition Galaxy S5

As we all know, Google hasn’t yet launched the GPE edition Samsung Galaxy S5 yet. And it seems like the day might not be far away if a new image posted on its Android homepage is anything to go by. The image shows all of Google’s stock Android running devices, like the range of Nexus devices and even the HTC One M8.

However, the image also shows the Galaxy S5 right next to it running stock Android. It is possible that this is a mistake from Google or merely a representation of what stock Android would look like on this year’s Samsung flagship. But it could also mean that the company is prepping the launch of a GPE Samsung Galaxy S5.

Considering that we haven’t heard anything about a GPE Galaxy S5 for quite a while, we suggest you take this with a pinch of salt. The rollout of Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5 is inevitable, but it will look nothing like stock Android, which gives some credence to this speculation. We will look forward to any details we can gather about a potential GPE Galaxy S5. What do you think?

Source: Android

Via: Talk Android

Google Play Edition HTC One (M7) and Samsung Galaxy S4 getting Android 4.4.3

GPE GS4 - One M7 - Android 4.4.3

GPE GS4 - One M7 - Android 4.4.3

The Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One (M7) are now getting the Android 4.4.3 update. This is no surprise considering that Nexus devices started getting the update yesterday. The rollout might take a few days to complete, so maintain patience if you don’t see the OTA notification immediately.

One of the main advantages of getting a GPE or a Nexus device are perks like these, so if you own either of the two devices, now might be the right time to tell your peers why. Google also has devices like the Sony Z Ultra as well as the LG G Pad 8.3 which are part of its GPE lineup, so they should be eligible for the update as well, although nothing has been clarified yet.

As for OEM devices, we don’t expect the update to hit devices anytime soon but they should arrive subsequently. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8 and the LG G3 are all running Android 4.4.2, so expect an update to these devices first before manufacturers think of older devices.

Via: Android Police

Google inadvertently confirms the arrival of the GPE Samsung Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 GPE

Galaxy S5 GPE

If you head over to the American Google Play Store now, you will be able to see all the GPE devices in the list. However, the listing for the Samsung Galaxy S4 has caught one user’s attention as it has a thumbnail image of the Galaxy S5 instead of the Galaxy S4. This is clearly a mistake from Google or perhaps a clever way of pointing out that a GPE Galaxy S5 is on its way.

The thumbnail shows the Galaxy S5 with the GPE flavor running on top of it, so it’s clearly not a small mix up. However, given that there’s no official word on this particular variant launching from Google or Samsung, we will reserve judgment until it goes official.

The GPE Galaxy S4 and the HTC One went official in June last year with an announcement coming weeks prior to it, so we can expect a similar strategy being followed this year as well. The HTC One (M8) is already available in a Google Play Edition model from over a month now.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Phandroid 

HTC inadvertently confirms the existence of a GPE 2014 HTC One

HTC Gallery App - HTC One

HTC Gallery App - HTC One

The 2014 HTC One is barely hours away from an official announcement and the company has already confirmed the existence of a Google Play Edition variant. The information was given away by the app description of HTC’s new Gallery app on the Play Store, which was launched along with a few other Sense 6.0 specific apps earlier today.

The last line of the app description reads – “Support for HTC One(M8) Google Play Edition is limited to HTC Photo Edit,” thus confirming once and for all that there will be a GPE model of the HTC M8 in the coming months.

GPE variants are basically the same device but without the OEM customization. So you will get the hardware of the HTC One (M8) running on stock Android, much like Nexus devices. The GPE HTC One from last year has seen relative success, so it’s quite obvious that HTC wants to continue providing this alternative to the users.

Pricing and availability details are yet to be shared as this has only been spotted on an app listing, but we should have confirmation within the next few hours. You can check out the app for yourself from the link below.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Cult of Android

New GPE devices come with Google+ Photos app instead of the Gallery app

LG G Pad 8.3

LG G Pad 8.3It has come to notice that the Gallery app on the newly launched Google Play Edition smartphones has been replaced with Google+ Photos. These changes can be seen in the GPE Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the GPE LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. This is Google’s way of making Google+ a standard across all its devices and something which has been in process for quite some time. It’s still not known whether other GPE devices and the Nexus lineup will see the new Photos app, but for the time being the change is limited to the two new Google Play Edition devices.

Even if Google manages to make Google+ Photos a standard across all stock Android devices, we can expect the developer community to rework the old Gallery app and bring them unofficially to devices, so there’s no need for concern just yet.

Google has been in overdrive mode recently by increasing Google+ support with its existing services. First it was YouTube which received a Post on Google+ button and recently we saw changes made to the Play Store as well, so we can expect more changes in the coming days.

Via: Android Central