HTC Incredible, Verizon's substitute for the Google Nexus One
For a while there, we were told that a version of the Google Nexus One would be devised to work with the Verizon Wireless network. That made sense, since the two GSM versions of the Nexus One only worked with AT&T and T-Mobile. Well, as it turns out, Verizon isn’t getting a Nexus One after all.
That’s not to say that Verizon isn’t getting a snappy Android phone, however. In an official statement from Google, they said that they “won’t be selling a Nexus One with Verizon,” but they are encouraging customers to buy the Droid Incredible by HTC instead. In this way, you could say that the HTC Incredible has effectively become the Nexus One for Verizon subscribers. Big Red really isn’t missing out by skipping the “official” Nexus One, since the Droid Incredible by HTC is no slouch. It’s still got the 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.1.
The key difference is that the Droid Incredible is doing that whole HTC Sense thing for its user interface, which is overlaid on top of the Google Android platform. To many people, its better than the basic Android UI.
So, where does this leave Sprint? The rumors are still swirling that some variant of the Nexus One (Nexus Two?) is bound for Sprint, so we’ll just have to wait and see.