Google said April 26 it will not offer its Nexus One smartphone on Verizon's network, referring consumers instead to the HTC Incredible, which Verizon is selling April 29. Google referred to the Incredible as a "powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed." Meanwhile, Vodafone said April 26 it will make the Nexus One available in the U.K. April 30 for free to customers who agree to a two-year contract for 35 pounds ($54) per month.
Google has canceled its plans to let Verizon Wireless service its Google
Nexus One smartphone, a move that could hurt sales of the first device to offer
the Google Android 2.1 operating system.
the Nexus One Jan. 5, selling it solely through
its online Webstore unlocked for $529 or $179 with a two-year contract from
T-Mobile. Google officials promised the Nexus One would be available on Verizon
in the United States
and Vodafone in the United Kingdom
April 26 it will make the Nexus One available in the
U.K. April 30 for free to customers who sign up for a two-year contract for 35
pounds ($54) per month. Users can preorder the Nexus One here
However, Verizon customers expecting the Nexus One to arrive on the leading U.S.
wireless carrier's network got a rude shock. Google will not offer the Nexus
One with Verizon. This Google blog post points users
to Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible
, which the company is rolling
out across the country April 29.
Google referred to the Incredible as a "powerful new Android phone and
a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed." Indeed, the
Incredible also runs
the Android 2.1 OS, which includes pinch-to-zoom
browsing and speech-to-text input capabilities.
The device also leverages the 3.7-inch AMOLED 480-by-800 WVGA display with
the speedy processing power of the Nexus One, whose 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
processor renders Web pages more quickly than almost any phone on the market.
Verizon referred all questions about this move to Google. A Google
spokesperson told eWEEK:
"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."
The spokesperson declined to go into detail about why the Nexus One was
nixed from its road map for Verizon.
When it launched Jan. 5, the Nexus One impressed users with its speed but
concerned financial analysts. Google was roundly criticized for selling the device through its own channel
when it had
no experience going to market with hardware.
T-Mobile was initially plagued by 3G connectivity issues, and consumers
complained about the lack of multitouch capability. Both issues were resolved in February
Google CFO Patrick Pichette described
the Nexus One as profitable for the
company. Analysts believe Google has sold between 200,000 and 250,000 Nexus One
devices, compared with more than 1 million of the Motorola Droid devices sold
With more than 90 million users in the United
States, Verizon could have provided a nice
boost to Nexus One sales. Instead, it looks as though the Incredible will be
the recipient of those sales on Verizon.