Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition reaches EOL

by XB on 9th July 2014

in Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edtion EOLGoogle is no longer selling the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition, the handset was pulled from the Play Store yesterday. If you try to access the Sony Z Ultra listing you are met with the following notice: “Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition is no longer available for sale“. So we can officially say that the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition has reached end-of-life (EOL).

Google is doing a bit of clearout though, as other handsets removed yesterday include the LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One M7. We don’t know Google is moving to exit the ‘Play Edition’ program or whether a whole bunch of new handsets are waiting in the wings. If we do see another GPe device from the Sony stable, what would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edtion EOL

Via Android Police.

  • Mirrorpurple

    WTF NO

  • Lukáš Pávl

    Aaaand that means no Android L for ZU GPe :(

  • Jaywalker

    OFF TOPIC somehow:
    Please find a way to keep the phones up to date regarding Android versions. Google comes with new Android every 6-10 months and already previous versions become obsolete because the updates are stopped. For ex GB or ICS for Xperia U are old and the updates are stopped and many apps can’t be used because of that.

  • xperiaDROID

    Xperia U has stopped receiving new updates is because of the chipset can’t support newer Android versions, not because of Sony doesn’t want to update it.

  • xperiaDROID

    Since when did they say that? Z Ultra is still capable enough to get updated to Android L, if Google stopped supporting it and other GPe devices like G Pad, One M7, S4 etc. then it’s a no brainer.

  • Srikant Boddepalli

    They have Jelly bean update for Xperia Go but not for Xperia Sola and Xperia U which has same chipset.. they just dont want to support.

  • Jonathan Bratanata

    the One m7 GPe was confirmed by HTC to receive the android L update

  • M

    It’s not only about the compatibility of the chipset, it’s whether Qualcomm provides the necessity or not.

  • ShinOrochiX

    Qualcomm has nothing to doing with it, it’s ST-Ericsson (now defunct) that manufactured the NovaThor processors.

  • Raj Singh

    I prefer Sony’s version of the Z Ultra as opposed to the GPe…

  • Darren Gaspé

    Gpe z1 please

  • Alfino Setya

    Z3 GPE please!?

  • Michael Hernandez

    This is a interesting debate, GPE vs OEM.
    Ok, GPE is pure android without modifications, but the sacrifice is big…THE HARDWARE. Many of the enhancements of the hardware be part of the OEM software, for that having a GPE, is only having pure android without all the potential of the hardware like camera, SONY PS3 compatibility, connectivity features, UI, Walkman and Album, ect.
    If you compare the money invested on a GPE, you waste the money because only a part can be usefull with the GPE, Better a NEXUS, is cheaper and pure android.

    But how i’m a Z1 user, and i like the Sony features…I AGREE WITH YOU :), better the OEM android for the OEM phone.
    Anyone that wants pure android and cheap…buy a nexus.

  • Modemokraterna

    Hi, anyone knows where to get this “orange theme” installed on the Google play edition?
    And, will it work on the C6833?

  • silverfox007

    i would like to see xperia z2 ultra show up as gpe :P

  • Felipe Pimenta

    It’s not being sold, not that it won’t be supported anymore.

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  • Pepparkakan

    Z1 Compact GPe please!

  • Arda Akca

    Ofcourse Z2 Ultra… Duh….. Best phablet ever sold was the Xperia™ Z Ultra. Still using it. No successor no more Sony for me. Very idiotic move if its discontinued. Smartphone manufacturers does not see that if you’re into the niche products you must continue to release new products in a certain period of time. I do not think the Note 1 was a gigantic hit. But today it has gained a huge ground. With the wearables and such 6.44″ phablet is not something to be scared of.

  • MoDare

    Picked up the Z Ultra GPE for $350 plus $10 shipping at It appears they are selling off Google’s remaining stock. This is the best phone I’ve ever owned, love it. Great price.

  • Green2u

    I would seriously like to jump on the Expansys $349 deal . But does EOL mean no guarantee of further Android updates? And if so, is that for a limited time period (like 2 years from issue date of the Ultra)? Thanks!

  • Tempering Cub

    It all depends on who you like more, Google’s AOSP,defacto android interface, or Sony/Sony Ericsson’s Rachel/Timescape interface I prefer Sony Ericsson’s Rachel mainly because it was good,and unless you had it in for the phone,it never crashed,even the X8/10/10m never crashed with their low specs. Google Default is good but SEMC,and its a pity the same can’t be said for SCEI,is nearly always one step ahead,the customizable dock,that first featured on the Xperia X8 Froyo, Samsung have made plenty of important innovations like Ericsson’s custom dock, the status bar widgets/shortcuts,a feature that debuted on the original galaxy,The Samsung Galaxy,Google, however did make the on-screen buttons, but not necessarily the capacitive buttons that cheaper Xperia’s, some Huawei devices, and all Samsung’s, cheap or dear, have now, and on a seemingly unrelated note it was Apple who made the translucency/transparency and, like you do, Google copied it,and said android 4.4 would feature translucency/Transparency,so, yeah, it’s all about your taste in design I suppose, anyway, I’m on an Xperia E single,i have also had an Xperia PLAY, GSM,still have it just messing around with the ICS beta.#PLAY 2 PROTEST

  • vonda hendrix

    Great article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank “10 10m form” to fill out?

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