By Lea Pachta

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, backed out from plans to offer service for Google‘s Nexus One phone. Verizon said it would focus on other Android-powered handsets instead.

Until yesterday, Google‘s website showed that Nexus One would be available through Verizon this spring. Google now says Verizon users seeking a handset that runs Google’s Android operating system to HTC Corp’s Incredible model.

If the Nexus One is not available on Verizon, Google loses access to 90 million customers. This could potentially have negative implications for Google if they want to be able to compete with Apple’s iPhone or RIM’s Blackberry.

Colin Gillis at BGC Partners in New York said Verizon probably sees Google more as a competitor than as a partner.

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