Rumor: Nexus One on Verizon in April With a Big Surprise


The desire to see the hot Nexus One (s goog) phone on the Verizon (s vz) network is not under question, given the number of inquiries I am getting about it. There are obviously thousands of Verizon customers anxious to see the Nexus One hit the carrier. Unfortunately, neither Google nor Verizon are giving definitive answers about when the Nexus One will hit Verizon, other than “real soon now.” I have been hitting up every source of information about Verizon products I have, and that is quite a few, and while none of them can go on record, I have been told the hot phone will hit Verizon in April.

That’s nothing particularly new — we’ve heard a number of rumors lately that the Nexus One on Verizon will be appearing any day now. Google and Verizon have always said the Nexus One would launch in the spring, so April makes sense and fits the rumors I am hearing. What is new is that I have multiple sources telling me that when it is launched, consumers are going to be surprised. I am being led to believe the Verizon version of the Nexus One may contain something that the versions on other U.S. carriers lack. That has not appeared anywhere so I hope these sources are correct. They are in positions to know so we’ll just have to wait a little longer.



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A Verizon store manager is a good friend of mine. He claims the “surprise” will likely be that the Verizon version of the Nexus One will come in BLACK and have optical instead of a trackball.

He also says they may be provided a few N1 demo models in store, but buyers will still have to purchase their N1 online direct from Google. He also said that the Incredible is “Incredible”. But could not say more.

Willy Wonka

I just hope Verizon doesn’t get to lock out the internal GPS so they can charge extra to unlock it for their nav app. For that matter, I hope Verizon doesn’t change anything to the Droid OS that would take away from the non-Verizon Nexus One experience.


I wouldn’t count on them locking the GPS…did they lock the Droid’s? Nope. They won’t lock it up.


Most of these ‘surprise’ features being discussed are software-based. It seems silly to use this to influence a purchase decision since there’s nothing preventing that feature from being deployed on other Android devices (assuming that the hardware will support it in which case it’s the hardware that’s the ‘surprise’). Not to mention that this article has zero substance (no offense to the author intended).


The surprise is a bigger SD card like the Droid’s 16gb card.


I am currently a Verizon Blckberry user (waiting anxiously for the VZW N1). Verizon just pushed the Skype mobile to my device last night. Seems like Verizon is pushing Skype to all of it’s smart phones in earnest even since they announced it a couple of days ago. that would make it hardly a surprise on the Verizon Nexus One. I still think it might be something else.

CDMA+GSM radio (unlikely)?
Sense UI?
Android 2.2?
In store availability (highly unlikely)?
Priced at $149 with two year contract?


Front Facing Camera! That will work with Verizon and their new deal with Skype.

Dean N

Isn’t the whole point of the Nexus One that its the exact same phone on all carriers for a consistent “Google” experience regardless of carrier? Since the Nexus One is only available direct from Google, I’m not sure why they would fragment their “flagship” android experience phone by customizing a version for a single carrier.

Daniel Cardenas

My guess is that the surprise will android version 2.2


And maybe it will have a trackpad instead of a trackball. And maybe it will have a better screen that doesn’t crack in your pocket. And maybe it will come out next month because, you know, that “makes sense.” Because, like, April is spring, right? But maybe it will come out in May because, well, May is spring too. Wait! Maybe it will come out tomorrow because, heck, tomorrow is spring and that “makes sense.”

All these rumors and the people who perpetuate them can take a flying bleep. Hey, come on over to MY blog and waste your time reading about the latest rumor. Why? Because it makes sense, that’s why.


Chill out please. We all know this is just speculation. I, personally, am looking forward to the release of this phone and I find it fun to imagine what it’s going to be like.


I bet it is a physical keyboard. Remember in the Walt M interview how Andy Rubin said the next version would be more directed towards business users and might have things like a physical keyboard? That’s my prediction.

Might also explain some of the delays in rolling this out.

bob dobalabous

either way … nexus or incredible, I want one and want it yesterday (please)


the surprise is the # of home screens will be user configurable up to 9 home screens.


Any new HTC skew would have to pass through the FCC approval process. There are a lot of blogs the regularly check the mandated public documentation. As far as I know, nothing unexpected has turned up recently.

One surprise that has been mentioned is that the Verizon version may be $20 more than the T-mobile version.


What about the INCREDIBLE????? The past two weeks the buzz was all about the INCREDIBLE that was going to be sold in stores and modeled after the nexus one but better. Now there has been no comments or mention of an INCREDIBLE and its back to the Nexus One.


I hope it’s proper Exchange Calendar syncing. That is the only thing that will keep me from switching from the Iphone. I hate AT&T service.


better not be sense UI. if i wanted that i’d be waiting for an incredible. would rather have an untainted android OS.


I don’t think Google would sell the Verizon N1 directly unless it was a “Google Experience” phone. My guess is that it’s Flash 10.1 or Skype.


I wasn’t thinking about Flash 10.1, but it sounds like a good possibility. I was also thinking that Skype might be the “big” surprise, but the physical keyboard that others mentioned sounds even better than Flash or Skype!


I hope the Verizon Nexus One is a world phone with both CDMA and GSM radios on-board. Not happening, but we are all guessing, right? ;)


I wonder if this ‘surprise’ was a last minute addition? Something to tell their customers “Hey, here’s why it was taking so long! We were making it better than everyone else’s!”

George Crossley

I’ve heard tale that android version 2.2 will be out on April 1st. I imagine that surprise will be “Ships with FroYo pre loaded”

Enrique G

it makes a lot of sense… and yes, none of other nexus has it


They’d release the SDK first…. normally it’ll take about 2-3 weeks for a firmware release from “launch”… They will do an OTA update for it after…

T Man

I like nice surprises. Maybe the surprise is the same day release of the Incredible?

Enrique G

With Verizon having lots of Enterprise clients I’m guessing that on top of the “regular” version they should come up with a physical keyboard version.


As far as the surprise goes, it would seem it should be Skypemobile…makes sense

Dave Zatz

If it’s Skype or tethering, I wouldn’t say it’s a “big surprise.” Nice to have, but not big and not surprising. ;) We shall see…


Hmmm, remember a few weeks ago there was a screen capture of a Verizon internal webpage saying it has the Sense UI? Prescient?


I suspect the surprise is a small software delight, something along the lines of the new gesture search feature, or maybe even proper Swype integration.


A toaster oven?
Steel belted radials?

I’d be happy to see the trackball replaced with the optical (ala incredible).

john montagna

So what the heck is this thing that the other versions don’t have?

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