There was some confusion last week when there were supposed leaks of an AT&T Nexus 6 with an AT&T logo on the body. No one was quite sure what to make of it since Nexus devices have traditionally come without any carrier branding. The purpose of a Nexus device was to give the user an unmolested experience of Android. That may be changing with the Nexus 6.
Some XDA-Developer forum members have reported that they received their AT&T Nexus 6′s with carrier branding on the back panel along with a modified boot animation that shows AT&T’s logo. The rest of the device and its packaging was similar to other Nexus 6 un-boxings.
This could be a turning point in the Nexus lineup of devices, since there is only one Nexus device that works across all five major U.S carriers and, as mentioned before, previous iterations of the Nexus Devices usually came with no carrier branding and factory unlocked. This new trend could mean that the Nexus devices follow other brands into the carrier features and bloatware realm – which is a sad thing to think about. There will probably be ways to rid the Nexus 6 of the extra branding and any bloatware (no confirmation yet), but the beauty of a pure Android device straight from Google seems to be going up in flames.