Confirmed to be launched by the end of the year in the U.S., the Galaxy Note 2 is starring in a variety of leaks that suggest that Samsung’s second-generation phablet is heading to at least five American mobile operators, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.

Moreover, just yesterday we heard that AT&T’s version could hit stores as soon as October 21, putting it on par with the international Galaxy Note 2 launch, which is scheduled for the same period.

Now we’re getting to look at Verizon’s Galaxy Note 2 model, the Marble White version, that has been reportedly captured on camera. The device has Verizon branding on the back but also on the Home button, which is very strange. Why would Verizon go through all this trouble to brand the Home button of the device? Isn’t enough that carriers fill up Android devices with lots of crapware and play a major role in delaying Android updates, do they have to also make sure their brand is clearly visible on all sides of the device?

In case the Home button branding is real, will we see it from other U.S. carriers as well? Would such shenanigans ‘help’ Verizon delay the launch of the new Galaxy Note – since Samsung has to produce all those custom Home butons and back plates?

Maybe the Android maker should take a(nother) cue from Apple, and prevent carriers from having a say in what goes on the phone’s case. Better yet, remove all the carrier branding and only show the maker’s name alongside the product name.

The images could be fakes, which is probably what future Verizon Galaxy Note 2 buyers are hoping, but we’re definitely going to keep you in the loop.