AT&T has soiled the Nexus 6 by adding carrier branding and a custom boot screen

Nexus 6 AT&TAttention, Android purists: Your worst nightmare has come true. Customers who purchase a Google Nexus 6 by Motorola from AT&T will receive a phone that not only has some ugly carrier branding on the back under the Nexus logo, but one that also has a brief AT&T boot animation at start up. The rest of the phone’s hardware and software seems to be pure Nexus, but still – this is pretty bad.

Motorola has long included a special partition where carriers could place boot animations on its devices, but no one thought that Motorola would include this on a Nexus device, as well. Luckily, it appears that AT&T is the only carrier doing this so far, as no similar reports have come in from T-Mobile, US Cellular, or Sprint customers. Verizon, unfortunately, has held off on selling the Nexus 6 directly right away, although it will activate units purchased from the Play Store – however, this revelation about the AT&T edition could mean that Verizon is using this delay to do something similar. Let’s hope not.

There are no indications that the AT&T version is SIM-locked, or loaded with other bloatware, but come on. This is so antithetical to what a Nexus device should be.

What do you think about AT&T’s branding all over the Nexus 6?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.