Google Play Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3

Google Play Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3

Google Play Sony Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 announced in the United States – the duo of Android 4.4 KitKat devices is currently available to order in the US Google Play Store.

The Sony Z Ultra is priced at $649, while the G Pad 8.3 costs $349.99.

The Google Play edition of the G Pad 8.3 features most of the same specs as the original model that launched earlier this year, including an 8.3-inch 1900×1200 display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras and 16GB storage. The big difference is in the software: while the LG G Pad 8.3 shipped with a skinned version of Android 4.2.2, the Google Play edition will come preloaded with a vanilla build of Android 4.4.


LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition

LG isn’t the only manufacturer joining in on the Google Play edition fun today, as Sony has added a GPe-ified version of its Xperia Z Ultra to the Google Play Store shelves. The Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition packs the same 6.4-inch 1920×1080 screen as the Z Ultra that launched earlier this year, giving phablet lovers a Google Play edition device to drool over.

Buried underneath the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition’s ginormous display is 16GB storage, a microSD card slot, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and a 3000mAh battery that’s powering the whole package. Sony has included an 8-megapixel camera rests on this phablet’s rear, while a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter is located around front. When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition supports 3G at 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz and 4G LTE at 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz, meaning that it should play nicely with AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. Oh, and there’s a stock build of Android 4.4 KitKat onboard as well.


Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

Rounding out this wave of new hardware is not another Google Play edition product, but a straight-up Nexus. Google has added a white version of the Nexus 7 tablet to the Devices section of the Play Store, giving owners of its two-tone Nexus 5 a matching panda-fied tablet. The white Nexus 7 is a Wi-Fi model that’s only available with 32GB of storage, but the good news is that Google decided not to charge a premium for the N7’s new duds, meaning that white Nexus 7 features the same $269.99 price tag as the black version.


White Nexus 7

And now there is an official Folio case for the Nexus 7. The cover is now available to order at the Google Play Store in the United States for $49.99.

Available in black or red, the Nexus 7 folio features bumper-style design with a trifold magnetic cover. The latter also doubles as a kickstand with two different viewing angles. The cover is made of polycarbonate and soft elastomer, and is compatible with wireless chargers.

Nexus 7 Folio case

Nexus 7 Folio case

Google also announced a new promotion that includes two of its Play Store products. Anyone that buys a Nexus 7 tablet and Chromecast together will receive a $35 Google Play credit and free shipping, which sounds like a pretty nice way to start building your content library and breaking in that new Chromecast.

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