Verizon certainly took its time with launching its Google Nexus 6 phablet. The carrier now has Google's flagship smartphone in stock online and in retail stores.

Last year, both Apple and Google joined Samsung in releasing phablets. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, released in September 2014, was an instant hit with consumers and the 5.5-inch smartphone was virtually impossible to find online and in retail stores for months. The iPhone 6 Plus was Apple's response to Samsung's popular Galaxy Note lineup, which currently holds the lion share of the jumbo-sized smartphone market.

Google also made its entry into the phablet arena last year, when it launched the Motorola-built Nexus 6. The handset was the launch vehicle for Google's latest version of Android, Android 5.0 Lollipop. It was the perfect device to launch Lollipop on, thanks to its large 5.9-inch Quad HD display.

Like previous Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 6 debuted in unlocked models via Google's Play Store, before being offered by U.S. carriers. At its launch, Google announced that the Nexus 6 would be available from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular. Most U.S. carriers released their Nexus 6 variants in November 2014, while Verizon remained silent on its launch plans. It wasn't until early February that Verizon began to show signs that the Nexus 6 would indeed be "coming soon."

Verizon has finally gotten around to giving Google's Nexus 6 its online and retail launch. The Nexus 6 is now available from Verizon's online store and the phablet can also be purchased from its retail stores.

Verizon has priced the Google Nexus 6 at $249.99 when signing a new 2-year contract, $27.08 per month on Verizon Edge, and $649.99 with no contract.

The Nexus 6 is built by Motorola and features a 5.9-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD AMOLED display with a pixel density of 492 pixels per inch (ppi). It's powered by a 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. Its 13-megapixel rear camera comes equipped with OIS (optical image stabilization) and selfie fans will enjoy its 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The Nexus 6 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and its large 3,220 mAh will provide up to 24 hours of talk time.

If you're interested in the Verizon Nexus 6, head over to the carrier's online store.

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