Nexus S

Google to create phone based payment registers

It's called near field communications, and Google thinks it's the next step in moving the world into a cashless society. Preparing for a trial run in New York and San Francisco, Google will be providing businesses with prototype Veriphone NFC wireless terminals which will enable customers to make purchases using their smartphones. In addition, NFC supported smartphones will be able to redeem digital coupons, update gift card balances, use loyalty cards and other retail features designed for retail checkout. And it's not some minor experiment either. Google is reported to be paying for the installation of thousands of NFC-enabled terminals at retail locations all across both cities.

On the Importance of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY [via a Casual Conversation with an Inside Source]

Let's have a chat on a chat we've just had in the past week with a source we stake our name on, one extremely familiar with the subject matter at hand. What we spoke about specifically was the history and the future of Sony Ericsson inside and beside the Xperia PLAY, aka the Playstation phone. One of the points we spoke on was the fact that it'll be launching with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an operating system that the rest of the electronics world (with a few exceptions) are still scrambling to attach to their own hardware. Why does Sony Ericsson, a group that really hasn't had a top space in the minds of any Android fan basically ever, have access to this newest of Google's mobile operating systems?

Deal: Samsung Nexus S $100 at Best Buy

Best Buy has the Samsung Nexus S for $100 with a two year contract from T-Mobile for a limited time. The sale runs from now until March 23rd and customers must be enrolled in Best Buy's Reward Zone program to be eligible for the deal, which is featured as an "in store only," price. The Nexus S is the pure Google Experience, with no overlays like MotoBlur or TouchWiz. Just a pure Gingerbread flavor of Android. It has a 4 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display with Samsung’s 1GHz Hummingbird processor. IT also has twin cameras including a rear facing camera that shoots 720x480 video. Sadly, no HD. The Nexus S comes in both Black and White.

Sprint EVO View, Nexus, and EVO 3D [CLUES]

We're sitting here with our notepads out, our magnets and our divining rods, OUIJA boards and dirt-mall-psychics, all of it together to put together the pieces on what Sprint might be bringing us during the utterly gigantic 2 and a half hour time slot they've got us slated for at CTIA in a couple weeks. Incase you do not know, 2.5hours for an event such as this is a long time, long enough to announce several new products - new Android products. We had our eyelids open this afternoon when Engadget was tipped anonymously on several new phones including an EVO View, Nexus S 4G, and EVO 3D - now we've got some extra clues that might just thread the needle.

Farebot to read data from your Metro Card with NFC-capable Android Phone

Back when Google announced the Nexus S and its NFC capabilities many idea's came to mind. The amount of possibilities this technology can open is huge. A developer by the name of Eric Butler soon realized he could develop something easily that could read and hack public transit fare systems. Sounds illegal i know. This is just one of many many possibilities that Near Field Communications can provide.

Generosity Doth Not Go Unappreciated

You may have noticed that over the past few days, we've been sort of XOOM happy here on Android Community. We've posted everything from a [brand new unboxing and hands-on post] to a [smooth guide] on some of the new amazing games you'll be able to run with your super powerful Tegra 2 processor (inside the tablet, of course.) This is because we've got a Motorola XOOM Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet sitting here right in front of us. The flood will continue here, but you'll soon be seeing the same thing happening around the web. Why? Because this year's Game Developers Conference has been gifted with not only Nexus S phones, not only Google Chrome OS-powered CR-48 laptops, but brand new XOOM tablets as well!

Gingerbread update adjusts colors in Nexus S

Nexus S users enjoying the pure Google experience may find the colors a bit muted after upgrading their OS to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Additionally, some users are complaining that colors seem washed. Google says that the colors in the Gingerbread update reflect an adjustment to the color temperature settings. The adjustment makes the Gingerbread UI darker which directly affects how the colors themselves are perceived.

CyanogenMod 7 gets a beautiful Statusbar Pulldown Mod

With the ever so changing and continued development by the amazing TeamDouche Developers, CyanogenMod is always improving. They add things daily and push nightly builds for all you crack flashers like myself. With the quick development we at times run into issues where things like MOD's or Morphs don't work or are outdated. It's good they move so fast, but a bad thing for those that like to personalize their Android phone. Those that follow some of the pulldown status bar mod's for CM7 I'm sure you all know who @rorifree is. If not, he is the man behind this great looking MOD.

Direct Installs for Android 2.3.3. Gingerbread for Nexus One and Nexus S discovered

Google's warning that the OTA Gingerbread update for the Nexus S and Nexus One might "take a few weeks" to reach all owners was a dash of unpleasantly cold water to the face; happily, xda-developers have dropped by with a hot towel. They've dug up the official links from Google for the Android 2.3.3 update, which means the impatient can now update their handsets without waiting for Google's schedule to notch along. Two different downloads are available, one for the Nexus One: http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/passion/81304b2de707.signed-passion-GRI40-from-FRG83G.81304b2d.zip ... and another for the Nexus S: http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/google_crespo/e0b546c442bf.signed-soju-GRI40-from-GRH78.e0b546c4.zip If the links are too slow for you, there's information on mirrors at the original forum post. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]
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