Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

Summary: Google announced its Nexus S, the device that will be the showpiece for the Gingerbread/Android 2.3 release. In addition, the Gingerbread software developer kit (SDK) is now available.

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Google on Monday announced its Nexus S, the device that will be the showpiece for the Gingerbread/Android 2.3 release. In addition, the Gingerbread software developer kit (SDK) is now available.

The Nexus S was co-developed with Samsung and will be the first out of the gate with Android 2.3, which on the surface looks a lot like Android 2.2 in terms of user interface. In a blog post, Google said it will open source Android 2.3 "in the coming weeks."

Gallery: Google-Samsung Nexus S revealed

Like the first Nexus phone, Google will sell the latest version unlocked and with "a pure Google experience." These efforts are designed to highlight what Android can do before carriers start adding icons, bolting down app stores and carrying out other hijinks.

Generally speaking, the Nexus S looks evolutionary not revolutionary. There's no dual-core and the screen is similar to what's found in a Droid. The main implication for the Nexus S is that Samsung appears to be the Android flag carrier these days.

A few key details about the Nexus S, which will be sold unlocked or under a T-Mobile contract:

  • It features a 4 inch Contour Display;
  • Has a 1GHz Hummingbird processor;
  • Rear and front cameras;
  • 16GB of internal memory;
  • And near field communication technology.

The latest improvements to Android include (blog post):

  • User interface tweaks;
  • Near field communication support;
  • New keyboard and text selection;
  • VoIP calling;
  • And other improvements.

Topics: Hardware, Google

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  • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

    NFC support is awesome. Imagine NFC enabled door locks bit.ly/hxZ9GI
    AnthonyGadgetX
  • Launching or announcing?

    If you launch something, don't you need to have it available?
    Economister
    • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

      @Economister Com'on... it's Google for goodness sake.
      jessiethe3rd
  • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

    Right now seems like the perfect time to hold out on buying a cell phone. 4G is just about to roll out to the masses on multiple networks. It reminds me why I returned my first generation iPhone. I knew 3g was just around the corner. Although there will always be a better phone around the corner, 4g offers a lot of potential and a good reason to wait just a little longer.
    Admin71
    • Holding out...

      @Bookmark71

      is always the best option, unless you need one now. ;-)
      Economister
    • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

      @Bookmark71 We need a library for phones. Check these bad boys out for awhile and return them, no fuss.
      AnthonyGadgetX
      • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

        @AnthonyGadgetX An alternative is to sell your old cell phone. You might be surprised how much you can get and maybe you can finance your new phone. Get an instant quote at www.SellYourCell.com (end of shameless promotion).
        Harris the Cell Your Cell Phone Guy
    • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

      @Bookmark71 Unless you plan on doing some heavy data lifting (Netflix streaming, video uploading, etc.), I don't see why 4G would be that much better over 3G (especially with the cost), especially since 4G coverage looks to be spottier than 3G coverage.
      weedalin
    • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

      @Bookmark71

      3g and 4g are really not that much of a technology jump to hold out for.

      The real reason for holing out is the Motorola Olympus. DUAL CORE baby! oooooo yeah...
      Technical John
      • Dual Core and about 30 mins of battery life

        What an improvement. You get to re-charge the device more often (and change the batteries sooner) just for the pleasure of having a completely useless dual core on a smartphone.
        wackoae
  • Noob question

    So these unlocked phones work just with SIM carriers right. Do all SIM carriers allow it to be activated or just a select few (TMobile) ?
    sheldonross
    • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

      @sheldonross Right. You can use an unlocked phone on any GSM carrier (the ones who use a SIM) - in the U.S. it is primarily T-Mobile, AT&T and Cingular.
      Harris the Cell Your Cell Phone Guy
      • Cingular????

        What century do you live in???
        wackoae
    • 3G non-standard

      @sheldonross

      Only problem is that, if it's like the Nexus 1, the 3G won't work on AT&T\Rogers, only 2G. On the other hand, the whole rest of the world uses GSM with SIMs, so....
      tkejlboom
      • You do know that AT&T is GMS ??

        Are people really this clueless??
        wackoae
  • RE: Google launches Nexus S, latest Android platform

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