Google Nexus 6 Finally Heads To Verizon Wireless March 12 Pre-Loaded With Android 5.1

Google first announced the Nexus 6 back in October and the smartphone began shipping in November. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint quickly embraced the flagship smartphone, but there was one carrier that was surprisingly missing in action: Verizon. Here we are four month later and Verizon is officially adding the Nexus 6 to its smartphone lineup. Verizon won’t say what took it so long to launch the Nexus 6 and only gives this subtle apology:

“To all Nexus fans, thank you for your patience.”

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Verizon customer looking to lay their hands upon the Nexus 6 will be glad to hear that it comes out of the box with Android 5.1, which was announced yesterday. That means that you’ll have all the latest stability improvement and bug fixes to Lollipop along with support for HD Voice and Device Protection (which makes a stolen device practically useless to a thief).

As for pricing, the Nexus 6 will be available for $249.99 with a new, two-year contract. You can also choose to purchase the phone using Verizon Edge, which will let you pay the phone off in $27.08 monthly installments over the course of 24 months. In addition, customers that purchase a Nexus 6 from Verizon before the end of the month will be given a six-month subscription to Google Play Music All Access for free. If you wish to continue using the service after the trial period, you’ll have to cough up $9.99/month.

If you need a refresher on the Nexus 6 -- and you probably do considering that’s been five months since it was first announced -- it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 5.96-inch QHD display, 3220 mAh battery, Qi wireless charging support, a 13MP rear camera with OIS, and a 2MP front-facing camera.

You can check out the HotHardware review of the Nexus 6 right over here.