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Hey all. I'm on Verizon and I have always enjoyed using stock/CM Roms. I didn't do enough homework when I bought my S4 last year because I didn't know the bootloader was locked down tighter than a drum. My HTC Incredible and Rezound were both running CM Roms. It is really disappointing that I cannot get a Nexus device because of my carrier. My wife gets a corporate discount for using Verizon and they are the best coverage hands down in my area so I'm stuck with using them. However, I know that Moto X, HTC One, Galaxy S4 all have Google Play Editions so....would there ever be a Google Edition Nexus for Verizon?? Or did Verizon burn that Nexus bridge already? I'm eligible for an upgrade but I'm waiting to see what comes down the line this year.
 

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I wouldn't think so since a Nexus device already is a "Google Edition" in a way since Nexus devices are updated directly from Google.

The difference in the HTC One, S4 and their Google edition brothers is the "normal" versions are updated after the carrier does what they want (add bloat) and release it... Versus the google editions one being like Nexus devices where they don't have carrier bloat and the software is controlled directly by Google.

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I wouldn't think so since a Nexus device already is a "Google Edition" in a way since Nexus devices are updated directly from Google.

The difference in the HTC One, S4 and their Google edition brothers is the "normal" versions are updated after the carrier does what they want (add bloat) and release it... Versus the google editions one being like Nexus devices where they don't have carrier bloat and the software is controlled directly by Google.

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Ahh, gotcha. Like I said, silly question. Thanks for the information though. Helps me understand that a little better.

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Ahh, gotcha. Like I said, silly question. Thanks for the information though. Helps me understand that a little better.

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I recommend considering the Developer Edition of the Verizon Moto X. It's an excellent phone on its own right and come with stock Android. Since it' a dev edition you can easily unlock it and root without losing warranty. It's not possible to unlock bootloader for the normal Verizon version.

PS. Google edition and dev edition still doesn't qualify as Nexus devices, but close, you still have more freedom to modify a Nexus with less hassles or loops to go through, and get direct updates from Google. http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/1...ach-one-to-have-its-own-nuances-and-pitfalls/
 

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You should check out a developer edition Moto X for Verizon.

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Is there anyway to buy the google eddition of a device through a carrier?
Never. The whole concept of carriers selling phones is having their own branding and locking the sim to their network, and with their software preloaded, so no, it will never happen. It's true that T-Mobile does sell Nexus though, but at a rip off price.
 

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I wouldn't think so since a Nexus device already is a "Google Edition" in a way since Nexus devices are updated directly from Google.

The difference in the HTC One, S4 and their Google edition brothers is the "normal" versions are updated after the carrier does what they want (add bloat) and release it... Versus the google editions one being like Nexus devices where they don't have carrier bloat and the software is controlled directly by Google.
They're not controlled by Google. They SHOULD be, but they're not. The vendors do have to update them themselves.

Google Experience devices are Google-sanctioned Android devices that, while not carrying the Google Nexus branding, still ship with a 'stock' build of the operating system modified only to cater for device-specific hardware features. Updates for these devices are delivered by Google (bypassing carriers), but are supplied by the original device manufacturer.

Google Experience device - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Is there anyway to buy the google eddition of a device through a carrier?

Nope. At least not yet.
 

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Never. The whole concept of carriers selling phones is having their own branding and locking the sim to their network, and with their software preloaded, so no, it will never happen. It's true that T-Mobile does sell Nexus though, but at a rip off price.
Its only 30 bucks more? then on google site.
 

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I don't blame T-Mobile for that. Not everyone has the credit or cash to buy a phone retail...T-Mobile gives them the option to make payments. I used it to buy my Nexus 4 and I totally appreciated it.

There is no downside to carriers offering to finance Nexus phones, even at "ripoff" prices. remember, the $400 you paid Google for that phone was not the real price. That was just the price Google charged you. They ate the cost for it...carriers don't have that option. T-Mobile is selling you the phone at the "real" price. And they are doing you a huge favor by financing you at zero percent interest.
 

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I don't blame T-Mobile for that. Not everyone has the credit or cash to buy a phone retail...T-Mobile gives them the option to make payments. I used it to buy my Nexus 4 and I totally appreciated it.

There is no downside to carriers offering to finance Nexus phones, even at "ripoff" prices. remember, the $400 you paid Google for that phone was not the real price. That was just the price Google charged you. They ate the cost for it...carriers don't have that option. T-Mobile is selling you the phone at the "real" price. And they are doing you a huge favor by financing you at zero percent interest.

Was Google's "subsidization" confirmed?