The new Android 5.0 Lollipop powered Nexus 6 has finally been released in the United States. The general release date has been somewhat of a mystery as Google’s allowing each major US carrier to release it at will. The launch started off rocky, but this week is showing signs up picking up steam and improving as more users try to buy Google’s new smartphone.
The impressive Nexus 6 was announced back on October 15th along with the Nexus 9 tablet, a Nexus Player, and the completely redesigned and improved Android 5.0 Lollipop software update. After pre-orders started, Sprint released it first after a delay by T-Mobile, then AT&T, and now it’s available from even more sources.
Overall the release date and pre-order plan wasn’t very well executed. Stock was sold out within minutes from the Google Play Store and only a few hours on Motorola.com, and carriers have been rather silent. However, it’s available now from Sprint, AT&T, and even T-Mobile both in stores and online. Read on for more details.
Late last week we confirmed a few pre-orders had already started shipping for early delivery, and Monday Google followed Motorola’s lead and started sending out pre-orders early too. Many that pre-ordered from either site have received the handset this week, most ahead of the shipping estimates or delivery date seen on confirmation emails.
However, if you weren’t able to snag a pre-order, read on for more details. It looks like the Nexus 6 release date in the United States is starting to pick up steam, while also cooling down in the sense that more inventory is available to carriers and retail stores, and more place have the smartphone on hand for prospective buyers to try out, and take home today.
On November 19th T-Mobile finally started offering the Nexus 6 after a short one week delay, a day after AT&T’s launch, and Sprint kicked things off first on November 14th. The device is now readily available from all three, as well as Best Buy stores.
Not only can buyers head into any of the three carriers we mentioned above to snag the phone, but it looks like Best Buy has been working with Google to procure more stock. As they’re now selling both the Sprint and AT&T Nexus 6 online and in stores.
A quick look at Bestbuy.com shows both the AT&T and Sprint variant being available, but only in 32GB and the Midnight Blue color option. The 64GB model is available only from T-Mobile at the moment, online, as well as from the Google Play Store or Motorola.com if you can find the device in stock.
For now it appears that the Nexus 6 release is moving along better than last week, but still a bit of a mess as users are trying and mostly failing to find the new smartphone in stock. Give these sources a try, and stay tuned for more details. We’ve yet to hear any release date info from US Cellular or Verizon Wireless, but new should be arriving soon.
Latest reports and rumors suggest the Verizon Nexus 6 release could be delayed until early December, and we’ll be on the lookout for more details.