When Google first partnered with HTC to release the Nexus One, the device quickly made its way into Asian carrier Korean Telecom’s lineup, selling roughly 50,000 units since June. Despite the success of the Nexus One and Galaxy S overseas, it looks like the hybrid Nexus S may be a different story.
According to a report from the Korea Times, carriers in Korea are reluctant to sell the Nexus S due to the lack of control Google is giving with the device. Lee In-won, a senior spokesman for Korean Telecom has recently said the carrier currently has “no plans to introduce Google’s latest Android handset.” And they’re not the only ones – SK Telecom feels the same way: “The Nexus S won’t make a huge impact enough to break the current iPhone stronghold,” said one SK Telecom spokesperson. Without being able to control marketing or pre-install third party software like SK’s T-Map software, it looks like the Nexus S may sit this one out.
What do you think about the situation? Should Google allow SK to install their software in order to push more units, or do they need to stay firm with their “Pure Google” devices? Sound off in the comments below.