In the wake of Verizon’s announcement of the HTC Droid Incredible, Google has decided not to offer a version of its Nexus One for this carrier because both models are variations of a smartphone from HTC.
In January, when the Nexus One was launched by T-Mobile USA, Google said it was also going to be released by Verizon in the spring. This model drew wide attention as the first smartphone from Google, even though its a version of the HTC Bravo.
Verizon announced plans to introduce the HTC Droid Incredible, another version of the HTC Bravo, this month.
As a result, Google posted a note on the official Nexus One blog telling customers who are interested in getting Verizon’s version of the Nexus One to get the Droid Incredible instead.
Google Nexus One vs. HTC Droid Incredible
Google’s first smartphone and HTC’s latest are very similar, but there are a few differences.
Both models have a tablet shape with a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 800), AMOLED display. Both run Android OS 2.1 on 1 GHz processors, have 3G mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microSD memory card slots.
The Nexus One has Google’s standard user interface, but the Incredible has HTC Sense user interface layered on top. This brings a slightly different look and many additional widgets for the home screen, among other changes.
In addition, Google’s model has a trackball, while Verizon’s has an optical trackpad.
Pricing & Availability
The HTC Droid Incredible is going to debut from Verizon on Thursday, and costs $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will need to subscribe to both a voice and data plan.
Those who prefer the Google Nexus One can choose from versions for T-Mobile or AT&T; a version for Sprint has been announced but not yet released.
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