Hello, my name is Josh and obviously I'm kind of new. Anyway I started this thread because I have been wandering if Google has an ulterior motive to releasing this phone. Namely, leverage against carriers. It seems as though carriers have long taken android for granted, grabbing Google's OS for next to nothing and using it to make mediocre device after mediocre device. All the while damaging Google's reputation and making it's prized operating system into something of a joke among users of another OS (you know the one). Meanwhile carriers bend over backwards to get Apple's latest on their network (Sprint) and you seem much less attempts from even the likes of Verizon to control their products to the extent of Android. Finally it seems with the release of this phone Google has one clear message to these companies; " if you continue to abuse our platform we will bypass you and sell our product direct to consumers." What do you guys think? I guess I could be way off but this is what I've been thinking ever since this phone was revealed.