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Google Nexus S
Nexus S coming December 16

We've seen leaked information on Google's latest smartphone for the past month or so, but Google today made the Nexus S official. The Nexus S is made by Samsung and will be the flagship for Google's new Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" smartphone OS.

The Nexus S is a GSM phone that also comes packed with 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Near Field Communication (NFC) and A-GPS. The screen is a gorgeous 4.0" (480x800) Super AMOLED, and a front-facing VGA camera sits right above the screen. On the back, the Nexus S features a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash (it also support H.264 720p video).

The Nexus S packs a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 16GB of internal storage. The phone measures 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm and weighs 4.51 ounces.

The Nexus S will be available for purchase starting December 16 online or at Best Buy stores.

In other news, Google has announced it Android 2.3 SDK and has cited some new features/improvements for the popular smartphone OS. These include:

  • Redesigned keyboard with multi-touch support
  • An improved copy/paste and word selection interface
  • Improved power management
  • Improved application management
  • NFC support
  • Redesigned Downloads manager

Android 2.3 also includes a number of new features to aid video game developers. You can check out a whole slew of Android 2.3 enhancements here.



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Underwhelming
By kaosstar on 12/6/2010 11:42:54 AM , Rating: -1
Looks pretty underwhelming for Google's "flagship" phone. It's a slightly modified Galaxy S.




RE: Underwhelming
By DanNeely on 12/6/2010 11:56:47 AM , Rating: 4
Seems a reasonable choice to me. The Galaxy S is one of the most popular android phones on the market today, and the Nexus 1 didn't sell well enough to justify major hardware work. Google just needs a phone it can sell that doesn't need rooted to allow developers to switch between firmware versions.


RE: Underwhelming
By weskurtz0081 on 12/6/2010 12:00:42 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, I would probably buy this one over the Galaxy S due to the fact it runs vanilla Android (Nexus One owner.... love vanilla Android).


RE: Underwhelming
By Da W on 12/6/2010 3:06:05 PM , Rating: 1
Gingerbread is a minor update at best. I guess everything has been done on the cell phone front. Or Google is running out of ideas. Probably waiting for Apple / Microsoft to come up with something new to design a cheap-ass way to copy it and make it open-source.


RE: Underwhelming
By thrust2night on 12/6/2010 7:21:10 PM , Rating: 2
They did a GUI rehaul plus added Near Field Communication for using phones for payment transactions. Also, they've improved the OS for game development, which will be of great benefit to the Playstation Phone.

That sounds like more than just a minor update.


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