By now we’re sure most of you guys have heard that HTC will most likely be the one creating the Nexus handsets this year. We’ve been hearing a lot about their Sailfish and Marlin handsets, and now according to a tweet by Evan Blass, he is claiming that both these Nexus handsets will be offered up by Verizon.

According to Blass, “Verizon is going to carry the two ‘Nexus’ handsets (note the quotation marks).” So what does this mean? Is there some significance to him quoting the word “Nexus”? If we had to speculate, it sounds as if these devices will be Nexus in name only, and that purchasing them from Verizon might mean that it could come with bloatware preinstalled, as well as potentially being subject to late updates that require Verizon’s approval.

Assuming this is true, this would be bad news for customers who plan to purchase the phone through a carrier. If there is one thing many love about Nexus phones is that they are bloatware free and are the first to get updates when a new Android update is available. Taking those away kind of makes the whole Nexus thing moot.

That being said, take it with a grain of salt but last we heard, both Nexus handsets were pegged for a launch on the 4th of October, so check back with us then for the official details.

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