There’s been a lot of confusion recently about the AT&T Nexus 6 has carrier branding on its body. Is that model shown on AT&T’s business site legit? Is it the work of some confused designer? Well now that units are shipping out into the wild, we finally know the answer.
XDA-Developers forum users HCdroid and ald9351 report that they’ve gotten their Nexus 6s from AT&T and not only is there a globe logo tattooed beneath the N6’s rear Nexus logo, but that the devices also have a brief AT&T boot animation at startup. The rest of the phone’s body and its packaging appear to be straight Nexus.
Because the same Nexus 6 works across all five major U.S. carriers and because we hadn’t spotted any other official images of Nexus 6 branding, it was unclear whether or not this N6 AT&T tattoo was the real deal. Apparently AT&T felt the need to brand the Nexus 6 units that it sells, making the backside slightly more cluttered than it already was. We’re sure that some Nexus purists will find ways to rid their N6s of AT&T’s branding, but for now you folks that ordered a Nexus 6 from AT&T will have a globe staring back at you when you look at the rear of your phone or boot it up.