March 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
UPDATE: Just to be clear, Sense being on here is a reach. My previous comments expressing doubt weren’t clear enough and came at the end, so I’ve amended the post to reflect that. The image cited in this story has some holes in it, including the phone listing a Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset. That chipset is in the T-Mo Nexus One because it supports GSM and HSPA networks, meaning it will not work on Verizon’s CDMA network. The phone should have been listed with a QSD8650 chip, which supports CDMA, GSM, EDGE, and HSP.
Despite previous suggestions that Verizon’s version of the Nexus One might appear in stores, Android Central has been tipped that the phone will only be sold at Google’s online portal. AC reveals that the CDMA Nexus One will share most with the GSM version, with one major difference – it will run Sense UI.
In a screenshot posted on its website, an equipment guide lists “Sense UI (User Interface)” among the bullet points for the Verizon Nexus One. If you’re like me, you’re probably going, “Huh?” right now. Google has previously voiced its displeasure with Android fragmentation, and Sense UI is a leading contributor to it. For them to turn around and include it on a Google-branded product rather than sticking with the stock version of Android 2.1 is surprising.
Yes, this could very well be an error by the person who listed the specs on Equipment Guide, but isn’t it more fun to speculate and wonder if Google would really reverse course and endorse Sense on its own product? We’ll see.