“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.