Google recently unveiled their latest Nexus handset, Google Nexus 5. It went on sale via Google Play Store for $349 (16GB) and $399 (32GB). The handset will be available on several U.S. carriers (including Sprint) but we just heard a confirmation that Verizon Wireless will be left out.
The relationship between the Big Red and Google hasn’t always been very friendly, as it would seem. The last Google handset carried by Verizon was the Galaxy Nexus, which wasn’t treated as Google expected it to be due to long software update processes. Eve the LG Nexus 4 wasn’t available for Verizon customers, as it came with support for GSM-based networks.
And if you don’t remember, Google showed Verizon support for [easyazon-link asin=”B00DVFLJKQ” locale=”us”]Nexus 7[/easyazon-link] tablet earlier this year, but the carrier listed it as an unsupported device and didn’t activate it. They did mention that it will be added soon, but we’ve not seen the tablet until now.
The news was confirmed to The Verge by Sundaar Pichai, who said that the handset will not be on Verizon. But, there’s a piece of good news as well, Sundar Pichai mentioned that Google is working on some projects with Verizon for the next year. He didn’t shed any light on what it is, and we leave it to the rumor mill for now.
We’ll find out soon enough what these two companies are working on in the coming months.
<Source: The Verge>