It seems that you wouldn’t be able to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition anymore even if you wanted to. The smartphone hasn’t been in stock for quite some time and now it looks like things will remain that way for good. Google decided not to replenish their stock anymore and have discontinued the device earlier today. An official announcement regarding this decision has not been made, which left many of us scratching our heads. Granted, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is pretty old by now, so that may have something to do with it. In any case, the handset is now gone from the Google Play Store and it’s pretty safe to assume that it’s never coming back.
Interestingly, the search giant did something similar a few days ago with the Google Play Edition of the Motorola Moto G. At the moment, only four devices are left standing in the Play Store, namely the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and HTC One (M8). The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have been released a short while ago so they’re probably not going anywhere just yet. The Nexus 5 and HTC One (M8) on the other hand are quite a bit older and may be discontinued as well in the near future. One the other hand, the two smartphones are not as outdated as the Samsung Galaxy S4, which means that maybe they will stick around for a while longer.
Meanwhile, the Google Play Store now only features a single GPE smartphone in the form of the HTC One (M8). This could be a sign that the Google Play Edition program might be coming to an end, although the company isn’t saying anything about this just yet. As for the Samsung Galaxy S4, you may not be able to buy it from Google anymore, but the smartphone is still available on many other websites including Amazon and Best Buy.