The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the “pure Android” phone launched with the occasion of Google’s unveiling the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform, turns out to be preloaded with some Verizon bloatware.
According to the video demo below, Verizon’s variant — probably the one spotted with the carrier branding — will come with to carrier-specific applications installed: My Verizon Mobile and Backup Assistant. Of course it’s just two applications but it should have been application-free.
However, one of Ice Cream Sandwich’s great features is the ability to disable applications. You can’t physically remove them, unless you do your usual hackery, but you can surely make them disappear and disable all of its resources. You could easily test out this feature on the two Verizon apps that come out-of-the-box.