So we’ll do the good news first; Vodafone customers can pre-order their Nexus One today and retail launch will be this Friday, April 30th. The Nexus One will be free on a two-year contract, which to our U.S. readership will seem crazy, but my understanding is that’s how you guys roll. Data limitations are a little sketchier with a 1GB 3G data cap, but I’m sure you’ll manage to muddle through.
Now for the bad news; Verizon customers who’ve been hemming and hawing over whether to get the Nexus One or the Incredible can finally stop worrying and just buy the Incredible. Google hasn’t come right out and said that it will never be available, but the familiar “coming soon” has been pulled from their phone site and replaced with “For Verizon’s network, you can buy the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful Android phone and similarly feature-packed cousin of the Nexus One.” The Google Nexus One Board was similarly updated to direct Verizon Nexus One holdouts to go out and buy the Droid Incredible.
So while it isn’t over until the fat multi-billion dollar company sings; I’d definitely say they are warming up their pipes.
Now by all accounts the Droid Incredible is a fantastic device and even fixes issues that the Nexus One suffered from, but I understand the allure of the cutting edge Android OS updates that the Nexus One offers.
So will those of you holding out for the Nexus One on Verizon make do with the Droid Incredible, continue waiting for the Nexus One in hopes that Google is just testing your faith, move to another carrier for the Nexus One, or just wait for the next big thing to come down the pike?
Update: The official Google response provided to Engadget.
“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.”