Last year Google launched the US version of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, but we don’t know what they will do with the upcoming Nexus 4. We assume there will be an unlocked GSM version that operates on AT&T and T-Mobile, but there could also be several different carrier versions that are sold in carrier stores. According to a new support page for the Nexus 4 (LGE960), we could be seeing the device sold in both the Google Play Store and carrier outlets.
The support page is mostly empty at this point, but it has warranty instructions for “customers who purchased from Google Play Store” and “customers who purchased via a Telco.” The unlocked version is likely to offer 4G HSPA+ support, so fans of 4G LTE will be pleased to see some possible carrier versions of the device.
If there are carrier versions of the Nexus 4, it will be interesting to see how the software updates are handled. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and Sprint has seen delayed software updates, but the overall situation is still light-years better than the other locked carrier phones.
Would you rather have an unlocked Nexus 4 with 4G HSPA+ and updates from Google, or would you hold out for a carrier branded version with 4G LTE and software updates approved by the carrier?