Google Unveils Nexus S Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread); To Be Released On December 16

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Google yesterday unveiled Nexus S, the successor to the
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The new Android phone will be manufactured by Samsung and will be hitting the American stores on December 16. This is expected to be followed by a launch in the UK on December 20.
, Andy Rubin, the VP of Engineering at Google has noted that the Nexus S shall be the first smartphone to come with the new Android 2.3 platform. Besides this, the Nexus S will feature a 4″ WVGA Contour Display with 800×600 pixel resolution, a 16GB internal memory, a 5-Megapixel camera, 3-axis gyroscope and support for VoIP/SIP internet calling.
However, the most advertised feature on the Nexus S appears to be its support for NFC (Near Field Communications) technology. This functionality will enable the smartphone to interact with NFC tags that are embedded on objects like t-shirts, posters and other everyday commodities. The support for this new feature may also usher in a new era of interactive applications and advertisements that could take advantage of the smartphone’s ability to capture NFC tag data.
. Last year, we had reported on a few technology patents filed by Apple engineers that hinted at work in this area. More recently, there were reports that claimed that Apple would be
on the next generation iPhone that would enable users to run any compatible Mac as their own Mac.
Despite the innovation on the NFC front, Nexus S fails to impress. A quick comparison between the hardware features on Nexus S vis-a-vis Nexus One shows very few significant advancements made in the new phone. You can check out a side-by-side comparison chart of the two phones
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Nexus S will be available to customers in the US for an unsubsidized price of $529. These customers may also alternately pick a T-Mobile locked variant for $199. This will however require customers to sign a two year service agreement. The phone will be available in the UK at an unsubsidized price of £549 and £35 on contract. American customers may purchase a Nexus S starting December 16 from one of the Best Buy retail stores or online from the T-Mobile website. The phone will be available at Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse in the UK.
Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
microUSB 2.0
4.0″ WVGA (480×800)
63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm
H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack
(stereo audio plus microphone)
Talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G
(14 hours on 2G)
Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G
(29.7 days on 2G)
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Don’t forget to tell us your thoughts on this new Google smartphone. Do you think it will be able to compete with
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