The Google Play Edition (GPE) could have been less of a failure if only carriers had reduced the subsidization on smartphones but that would mean risk altering the entire Android world.
Having said that, many Android users were hoping for the success of the GPE. With the existing Android update predicament, consumers are becoming more willing to fork out more than $700 for stock Android variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the HTC 10.
However, that may have been a blessing in disguise as if the GPE had not been a flop, then it would have been mated with Nexus to produce Android Silver. This would place the Moto S as the first product from the Silver line.
GPE’s failure was a large part of Samsung and HTC’s reasoning for abandoning Google, leaving Motorola cornered to switch the Moto S name into Nexus 6. Lenovo bought over Motorola soon after, for reasons unrelated to this.
Folks were expecting the Nexus 6 to be a flop too but the device had risen to the occasion and proved itself worthy enough to generate immense success.
The demand for this device had surpassed its supply and fans are still pushing Motorola to create more Nexus devices, according to Droid-Life’s survey results. This is the main reason why Google had decided to place heavy focus on the Nexus 6P.