Verizon is passing on the Google Nexus One

News Sean Fallon 11:05, Apr 26 2010

A recent update to the Nexus One page recommends that Verizon customers waiting on the Nexus One pick up the HTC DROID Incredible instead

Just as we stated in our review of the HTC DROID Incredible earlier this month, Verizon Wireless is indeed passing on Google's Nexus One smartphone.

It makes perfect sense -- why would subscribers wait for the Nexus One when they can pre-order the HTC DROID Incredible and get it on April 29th? After all, the specs are almost identical to the Nexus One, but the DROID Incredible also packs in an 8-megapixel camera and HTC's Sense UI.

So what happened to the Nexus One that was supposed to arrive on Verizon?

The device was previously listed as "coming soon" on Google's Nexus One website, but a recent update points customers in the direction of the HTC DROID Incredible instead:

In the US, if you've been waiting for the Nexus One for Verizon Wireless' network, head over to http://phones.verizonwireless.com/htc/incredible to pre-order the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed. It will be available in stores on April 29th.

So, it would seem that Google has scrapped plans for the Nexus One on Verizon. However, pre-orders for the Nexus One have just begun in the UK on Vodafone, so it's not like Google is ditching the phone altogether.

The bottom line is that Google's insistence on having a branded HTC phone is redundant, especially when HTC turns around and builds a slightly better version of the same phone for Verizon -- crowding out the Nexus One in the process. In the end, both companies end up competing with themselves, but HTC will always have the edge as the manufacturer.

Now that the Google phone has been bullied off of Verizon Wireless, we have to wonder what will become of Sprint's Nexus One with the superior HTC EVO 4G just around the corner.

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