Verizon retreats from plans to distribute Google’s rebadged HTC Nexus One phone

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, retreated from plans to offer service for Google Inc.’s Nexus One phone, saying it will focus on other Android-powered handsets instead,” Amy Thomson reports for Bloomberg.

MacDailyNews Take: Verizon: No, no, not that fake iPhone, this fake iPhone.

Thomson reports, “Until this morning, Google’s Web site showed that the Nexus One would be available through Verizon in spring of 2010. The site now points Verizon users seeking phones that run Google’s Android operating system to HTC Corp.’s Incredible model.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, it’s “incredible” alright. Incredibly infringing. What’s HTC going to do when their English thesaurus runs out, or the judges rule, whichever comes first?

Thomson reports, “Without a Verizon partnership, Google loses access to the carrier’s more than 90 million customers, potentially blocking the phone from gaining more widespread popularity. The breakdown of the deal signals Verizon may view Google as a competitor rather than a partner when it comes to Nexus One sales, which are probably at less than half a million since the phone’s January debut, said BGC Partners’s Colin Gillis. ‘It’s really a flop for Google,’ said the New York-based analyst.”

Full article here.

26 Comments

  1. “Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, retreated from plans to offer service for Google Inc.’s Nexus One phone…”

    Looks like Verizon is finally trying to play nice with Apple (or simply giving concessions to SJ). Maybe they’ll be getting the iPhone sooner rather than later?

  2. it is a rip off of the iphone in some aspects. BUT sense does make android feel much more modern and HTC actually did a great job with it. there are a lot of features that i think apple should adopt from sense, and vis versa.

  3. I think the reasons for this turn of events are simple. Verizon took one look at Nexus one sales, and said, “Nah, we ain’t doing that.” We’ve already got enough Hemorrhoid phones.”

    I don’t think it’s any strategy for or against Google or Apple.

    Remember, don’t ascribe a conspiracy theory to an event when simple incompetence will suffice. Especially when talking about companies like Verizon.

  4. I think there are some Pixar heros that might object to the “Incredible” label. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. As I just posted elsewhere:

    To anyone seriously considering an Incredible, you need to look at this:

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/19/d…redible-review

    Scroll down to the video they shot with it. Even take a look at the low resolution version. When they pan you can see stuttering, lots of it. So much of it that I would classify its video capability as extremely poor (even though the picture quality was good).

    When you pan an iPhone you get video that’s smooth as silk.

    Now I know that stuttering video is just one thing, but it does show that the computin engine in the box is struggling to record every frame, even in low res. Tells me that it’ll be struggling to do other things as well.

  6. Perhaps Verizon wants more control over the OS, and the Verizon services it wants to <strike>force</strike> persuade its customers to use? If so, they’re probably just fine with phones that run a Verizon-specific flavor of Android.

  7. Funny, Leo Laporte raves about the Nexus One…but then, when he’s not hosting MacBreak Weekly, he fraternizes with the likes of Paul Thurott…

  8. i do think that VZ refused to sell the Nexus… because the REAL SMARTPHONE… iPhone of course… will actually be on their network by the fall.

    sure LTE isn’t ready. but common… build CDMA iPhones… Get them hooked on the apps. Then build LTE version next year. BAM! $$$$$.

    Anyway, sure Nexus does a better job than others in as a mimic… But VZ is not stupid. They are in a subtle way showing Apple, that they are on Apple’s side…

    When the iPhone goes to VZ… those AT&T;put options will spike.

  9. Gabriel, you are right on the money (so to speak)! HTC has a UI on the Incredible that hides the Google UI. How much do you want to bet that the HTC UI doesn’t help direct Verizon customers toward the VZ Navigator and their AV store?

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