First the disclaimers: I have no inside information about anything. Just speculating based on a number of years of watching the tech industry. The only real news in the announcement this morning was that the Nexus would be available for VZW "in the spring." Several implications and questions. () It appears that Google is serious about making the phone independent of service providers. I'm sure T-Mobile is less than thrilled about not having an exclusive for the phone and I strongly suspect that other providers are considering whether to get in line or be left out in the cold. Verizon's strong relationship with Google apparently determined their decision. () From the reviews, it doesn't appear that Nexus brings much to the party in competition with the Droid other than (a) 2.1 and (b) a "curvier" and arguably sexier form factor. And for those who prefer a physical keyboard, it's a non-starter. Likewise, at least from the Engadget review, it appears the screen on the Nexus is difficult to read in the sun. Those weaknesses alone would make me keep my Droid but I suspect I'm part of a relatively small segment of the market. So what exactly are VZW's incentives here. Should they try to minimize the differences between the two phones by upgrading the Android O/S as soon as possible to 2.1? That undoubtedly would make both Motorola and Droid owners happy. On the other hand, if Verizon is seriously jumping on the Google/Nexus bandwagon, why not provide a clear benefit on the Nexus side by providing enhanced features compared to the Droid? I'm sure there would be much moaning and wailing on the part of Droid owners if VZW fails to upgrade the O/S this month when the rumors say it will happen. On the other hand, I suspect there is (or recently has been) a discussion going on within VZW around the issue of whether to orphan the Droid or make it a viable competitor to the Nexus.