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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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RE: No thanks
By hinchesk on 12/6/2010 1:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
Prolly a reference to the phone's supported UMTS bands:

Tri-band phones supporting band 1 (2100MHz), 4 (1700MHz), 8 (900MHz) are typically the ones you'll see on T-Mobile in the US and Wind in Canada. Bands 2 (1900MHz) and 5 (850Hz) are missing from the Nexus S which is what AT&T and Rogers/Bell/Telus support.

So ya it'll be unlocked, but won't support the right bands/frequencies to work off T-Mobile... unless they release a second version of the phone, like they did (in Canada anyway) with the Nexus One.

RE: No thanks
By DanNeely on 12/6/2010 1:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
It lists 850/900/1800/1900mhz as GSM bands, and I thought ATT was GSM.

RE: No thanks
By zorxd on 12/6/2010 2:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
yes, but you don't want to use a phone like this on a slow GSM network.

RE: No thanks
By omnicronx on 12/6/2010 3:04:22 PM , Rating: 2
Needs to support at least 850/1900 HSPA bands to be useful.. those are just 2g GSM bands..

Just speaking from experience with the Galaxy S, it won't have the required bands for it to be useful in the US outside of Tmobile in the US and Wind in Canada...

That being said, they usually do make versions for the other bands.. My Galaxy S for example is an i9000 (international Galaxy S).. but has the GT model tagged on.. Pretty much exactly the same phone but it supports the HSPA bands I need for the Bell network. (or Rogers/Telus)

RE: No thanks
By chick0n on 12/6/2010 8:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
who cares AT&T band? AT&T is completely useless anyway.

Unlike AT&T that gets drop calls every 5-10 minutes. T-mobile and its 3G has been working for me since day one. This is from NYC.

I just got a Nokia N8 (switching from Nexus One - Xperia X10 - N8), N8 has an excellent camera thats why I made the switch. Biggest reason I drop Nexus One was because of HTC's garbage support. This one is made by Samsung, so I might switch back.

RE: No thanks
By fearrun on 12/6/2010 11:18:48 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately T-Mobile doesn't have any significant presence within almost a 50 mile radius around the city where I live. I can't even make an account with my home address, only service they have here is with their extended roaming partners. So currently for unlocked GSM phones AT&T is my only option.

I will be sticking with my, AT&T frequency, Nexus One, giving them the middle finger all the while using my free Wi-Fi tethering. Thank you Google.

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