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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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By ScotterQX6700 on 12/6/2010 11:55:30 PM , Rating: 2
I bought my Nexus One in January of 2010 because it was state of the art and even a little bit ahead of its time. I wanted a phone that would last. It is sturdy, elegant, and still, about a year after release, more powerful than most Android phones.

So what is up with the Nexus S? It is *barely* superior to Samsung's Galaxy phones, with only a few incremental improvements. With dual core phones just around the corner, the only incentive to buy the Nexus S is that it will be unlocked and get fast updates. I've really enjoyed getting fast updates on my Nexus One but I'm OK (but sad) giving that up and going back to rooting like I did with my G1, in order to wait another month and get a phone that is ahead of the curve. This is what I'm holding out for: dual core (Tegra would be nice), 4G capable, no physical keyboard, 4.3 to 4.5" screen, super thin bezel, 8-16gig ROM, 1gig RAM, sdcard slot, standard headphone jack, front video cam, and HDMI out. Also: I prefer the "back" key, which is the one I use most, to be on the far left, easy for fingers to reach.

I'm betting it will be HTC who delivers my next phone. I'm even hoping that, as the Android OS matures, we will see less carrier-added OS mods and/or easier/faster updates for non Nexus-class phones. Google are you listening? HTC & Samsung are you listening? T-mobile are you listening?

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