Nexus S is Google's second attempt to guide the Android ecosystem with a hardware reference design. Made by Samsung, rather than the HTC origins of the Nexus One, the smartphone arguably has a more difficult task ahead: the complaint today is one of OS fragmentation, not merely lagging performance. Can the Nexus S set Android manufacturers back on track? Check out our full review to find out.
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Google Chrome OS aren't expected to hit the market until mid-2011, so until now the only way to get your hands on a Google laptop is to sign up to the search giant's pilot program and hope you get picked to try out one of the 12.1-inch ultraportables. Now, though, there's another way: Google has given us five Cr-48 notebooks to give away, two for Android Community members and three over at our sibling site SlashGear. To take part, all you have to do is sign up as an Android Community member and reply to this post saying why you want a Cr-48 notebook, then send out the following message via Twitter:
Google Cr-48 @androids Giveaway: http://is.gd/iJYriRemember, Google is pushing their cloud apps in a big way with Chrome OS, and the Cr-48 is all about cutting ties and going mobile. We'll draw the first Android Community winner at random on Friday December 17 at midnight PST, and the second on Sunday December 19 at midnight PST. Unfortunately, due to the terms of Google's pilot scheme, only US entrants can be accepted. Good luck! Rules: Competition is open to residents of the US over the age of 18. Family members of Google and SlashGear/Android Community are not permitted to enter. Competition entries are only accepted via the specified Android Community post; entries left in the comments section of any other post will not be recognized. One entry per person (and yes, we check). Winners of the Android Community Cr-48 giveaway are ineligible to win the SlashGear Cr-48 giveaway, and vice-versa. The winners will be announced on Android Community and contacted via email or board message; they will be expected to respond within 24 hours else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winner agrees that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by, but not limited to, Google and Android Community. Prize consists of two Google Cr-48 notebooks to be shared between two winners. There is no cash alternative. Should this prize become unavailable, Android Community and Google reserve the right to substitute another prize of equal or greater value.
Nexus S isn't expected to hit the US market until December 16, but the Android Community review unit has just dropped onto the test bench. Google's second own-brand device, the Nexus S will eventually be used to push NFC when the short-range wireless technology gains sufficient momentum, but is initially the launch platform for Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Verizon aren't exactly pulling any punches when it comes to their latest Android smartphone. Beating the CDMA Google Nexus One to the market, the Droid Incredible packs the current holy trinity of big screen, fast processor and high-resolution camera, together with the UI benefits of HTC Sense. Can it really live up to its boastful name, though?
Desktop Dock, went up for order earlier in the week, and we couldn't help but mash in our credit card details for one ourselves. Designed to not only recharge the phone but to stream music from it to a set of connected speakers, check out our Nexus One Desktop Dock hands-on gallery.
Motorola DROID as a significant event, not just for Android devices but for the smartphone market in general, and that demands some serious testing. With sales of the Android 2.0 handset set to begin early on Friday morning, we've been playing with the DROID since its official launch last week to see if it lives up to the hype. Some boxes Motorola have definitely ticked; elsewhere we're left wanting. Read on for the full Android Community review.