Google Launches Nexus S (Samsung) Phone With ‘Gingerbread’

Putting an end to all rumors, Google Nexus S has been Revealed yesterday. This is the Android Phone you’ve been waiting for ever since Nexus One became a flop! And this incidentally confirms our earlier speculation that Google has been working with Samsung this time for its Nexus Two phone. Google, Samsung and Best Buy on Monday announced the Nexus S, Google’s new flagship Android phone and the first device to run Android 2.3, codenamed “Gingerbread”.

Google Launches Nexus S (Samsung) Phone With 'Gingerbread'

Google Nexus S packs many of today’s popular smartphone features which include a Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor running at a clock speed of 1GHz, 16GB of onboard memory, 512MB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and a built-in GPS. However, unlike the Nexus One, Google didn’t have the phone built from scratch, but co-developed the product with Samsung, the OEM whose Galaxy S phones are among the most popular Android handsets.

As reported earlier, Gingerbread delivers a number of improvements, most notably, says Google, “user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor report“.

Speed and power management improvements include better video support, faster response to screen touches, automatic termination of power-hogging apps and an integrated task manager. Hopefully, this will help the battery life concerns many users have with Android 2.2.

The Google Nexus S weighs a light 129.0 grams and measures just 10.88 mm thick. Its 4.87-inch long body is host to a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) touchscreen display (which Google refers to as a Contour Display, for having the ability to “fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face”) and a few of its other features include a 5-megapixel camera with built-in flash, built-in 3.5mm headphone jack and USB 2.0. It runs on Android version 2.3 or “Gingerbread” as it has been nicknamed by Google.

Introducing Google Nexus S [Video]

You’ll be able to purchase the Nexus S online or at Best Buy stores/Best Buy Mobile Stores in the U.S or at the Carphone Warehouse or Best Buy retail stores in the U.K after December 16th. The phone will be available either unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan. The Google Nexus S phone will cost $529 unlocked, or $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract.

Nexus S: The Backstory [Video]


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