Now that the Nexus is official from pricing to specs to network, we know everything about it. It’s available on T-Mobile and AT&T’s network, but also Sprint’s. The one place it seems almost always missing out on a Nexus is Verizon. The reason is that Verizon refuses to play nice with Google. The Verizon variant of the Galaxy Nexus faced long periods between software updates and even had bloatware. One of the main features that defines a Nexus is that it is free of carrier bloatware and get updates to Android fast. The Nexus 4 wasn’t available on Verizon much for this reason, but now the Nexus 5 will not either. Sundar Pichai simply stated “the Nexus 5 will not be on Verizon”. Quite a slap in the face since the device will run on Sprint’s slower network. This is however not surprising since the 2013 Nexus 7’s LTE variant technically runs on Verizon, even though Verizon refuses to activate it.
Hopefully the damaged relationship can be fixed since Verizon is damaging relationships with customers by not allowing them to buy Nexus devices. Sunder said in a separate statement that Google and Verizon were working together on project for 2014. It is unknown what those will be.