Unlike most previous Nexus models, this year’s devices won’t be available in carrier stores. Instead, they will be sold online only. Now one reason for this could be that carriers typically charge a different price for the Nexus smartphones compared to Google. So this way everyone’s paying the same amount. But another reason could be the staggered release. AT&T and Verizon were really slow at releasing the Nexus 6 last year, with Verizon not releasing it until 2015. This could also be a way to push out updates to the new Nexus smartphones without messing with the carriers.
Google is pushing its new Google Store as the one-stop-shop for Nexus products and accessories. There are other things available there too, like smartwatches and Chromebooks, but nothing is likely to raise awareness like a Nexus launch.
Now the big question here is whether it will be available through Amazon and Best Buy’s online stores, as the Nexus typically is available through both of those stores. Currently there’s no word on that. However, Amazon India did list the LG Nexus 5X. But as always that could be for India only, and in the US it could be just the Google Store.
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