If you were waiting for the Nexus One to hit Verizon anytime soon, the bad news is that you can wave goodbye to that ever happening as Google updated their phone sales website today, and the Verizon Nexus One is officially off the list.
The good news, however, is that instead of the N1, Google recommends you buy the Droid Incredible, calling it ‘a powerful Android phone and similarly feature-packed cousin of the Nexus One.’
Shortly after the changes were made to the site, the Boy Genius Report published a statement by Google that read
We won’t be selling a Nexus One with Verizon, and this is a reflection of the amazing innovation happening across the open Android ecosystem. Verizon Wireless customers who want an Android phone with the power of the Nexus One can get the Droid Incredible by HTC, which can be pre-ordered now and which will be available in Verizon Wireless stores on Thursday, April 29th.
Looking at the specs of the Droid Incredible compared to the Nexus One, it certainly makes some improvements with an 8MP camera and 8GB integrated memory, so users shouldn’t be too disappointed. CNET asked Verizon to comment on the news, and the official statement given to them was simply
It's Google's phone and Google's decision.
Whether or not Verizon is disappointed by Google’s decision is not clear at this point but it sure makes sense to us - the Nexus One would have interfered with the sales of the Droid Incredible and only confused buyers who would be looking at very similar phones, wondering why they should pick the Nexus One at all. Sometimes, removing the choice is a good thing.