Yesterday, SlashGear reported that if you buy the phone through your AT&T contract, you'll actually get a clean version of the phone that's running Android 5.0 in all of its stock loveliness. When you set it up, however, your phone will automatically download AT&T's suite of bloatware apps.
Gizmodo has confirmed this unfortunate fact with AT&T.
This isn't the end of the world, since you can just immediately delete the apps and be done with them. Still, one of the wonderful things about Nexus devices is that they run unadulterated Android that's clear of all of the crappy software manufacturers usually cloud their phones with. The stuff is worthless. Examples I'm looking at right now on another handset include AT&T Locker, AT&T Mobile Locate, AT&T Family Maps, and AT&T Navigator.
And though you can just get rid of the apps, they're not necessary, and nobody says AT&T needs to plop them on your phone. In fact, Sprint told us that its version of the Nexus 6 will run "stock Android with no additional applications loaded." That's a nice example to follow.