Verizon Won't Carry Nexus One, Google offers HTC Incredible as Alternative

Ryan Whitwam

Those that were waiting for the Verizon edition of the Nexus One might have to reevaluate things today . The Google phone portal today changed their wording regarding the Verizon Nexus One. Where it previously stated the Nexus would be available on Big Red in the Spring, it now says, "For Verizon's network, you can buy the Droid Incredible by HTC."

Google later responded to questions about the change about the change, making it clear the Nexus One wasn't headed to Verizon at all. It read:

"We won't be selling a Nexus One with Verizon, and this is a reflection of the amazing innovation happening across the open Android ecosystem. Verizon Wireless customers who want an Android phone with the power of the Nexus One can get the Droid Incredible by HTC."

It's odd that Google is promoting a phone like the Incredible that runs the custom HTC Sense interface on Android. They have traditionally focused more on stock Android phones, but this may just speak more to their closeness with HTC. It's unclear if the final decision to kill off the Verizon Nexus One was Google's or Verizon's. Verizon is a CDMA carrier, which gives them final say over what devices will be registered to run on their network. It could be they just wanted to focus completely on the Droid Incredible.

Was anyone still waiting for the Nexus on Big Red? Will you just go for the Incredible instead?

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