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Google Announces Nexus S and Gingerbread

Monday, December 6th, 2010

This is going to be a big week for Google. Not only has it launched a new eBookstore, it has officially announced the new Samsung Nexus S and Gingerbread. Rumor has it that Chrome OS will be debuting this week as well. First, a quick note about Gingerbread, in Google’s words.

“Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support.”
Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering

You can check out a nice teaser video below. The Gingerbread SDK/NDK is available now for developers, and will be going open-source after launch on the 16th of December.

On to the rumored (and now confirmed) Nexus S from Samsung. Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
  • 4″ Super AMOLED (235 ppi) capacative touch screen display
  • 16GB iNAND flash memory
  • 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
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • A-GPS
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating
  • Haptic feedback vibration
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Light sensor
  • 5MP Rear-facing camera (2560×1920) with auto focus and flash
  • 720 x 480 video resolution/H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
  • VGA Front-facing camera (640×480)
  • 3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack (stereo audio plus microphone)
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion Battery

It looks like Google stuck with the pattern set with the Nexus One. This looks like a pretty powerful phone. I find it interesting though, that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 seems to have little competition by way of the digital camera. 8.1 megapixels with a couple new phones rumored at 10+ megapixels make Sony Ericsson the first choice in camera phones. Other than the camera, the Nexus S looks pretty good. It will be the first phone launched with Gingerbread as the native OS.

Of particular note is the Near Field Communication (NFC) feature. The NFC hardware is in short an NFC tag reader. At a glance, it is similar to QR code technology. You can use the NFC reader to scan t-shirts, movie posters, signs, or anywhere else someone thinks to stick the code.

As with the Nexus One, T-Mobile gets first crack at the unlocked GSM phone. It will be available December 16 online and in Best Buy stores in the United States. U.K. fans can pick it up December 20 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy’s U.K. locations. Want to see a side-by-side comparison? The Nexus S is available for comparison via Google’s Android Phone Gallery.