Nexus S

Nexus S Reviewed by SlashGear

With the upcoming launch of Google's and Samsung's Nexus S device, it harbors the official launch of Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, along with the first device to fully suport Near Field Communication, or NFC. It may have not had as large of an announcement as the original Nexus device, but it certainly doesn't lack the features we'd expect from a device like this. We've already unboxed the handset, and featured a quick hands-on, but now it's time for the official review from SlashGear.

Google acquire NFC startup Zetawire for mobile wallet ambitions

Google's NFC intentions are gradually being fleshed out, with the news that the company has acquired Canadian start-up Zetawire to their acquisitions portfolio. Zetawire was yet to announce its launch plans, but according to a patent filing would specialise in mobile banking, advertising, identity management, credit card and mobile coupon transaction processing using NFC. That opens up the possibility for NFC-enabled devices - such as the Google Nexus S - to be used to make wireless payments; Zetawire had also trademarked the name "Walleto", presumably the brand their system was intended to launch under.

Best Buy Details Nexus S Launch Plans

The Samsung Nexus S will be launching this thursday, December 16th at Best Buy stores and Best Buy online. The retailer has now detailed how exactly the launch will be handled and what customers can expect in terms of availability and pricing.

Nexus S UK pre-orders open ahead of “end of Dec” delivery

Google's Nexus S has shown up for pre-order in the UK, with exclusive retailer Carphone Warehouse now taking orders ahead of delivery "by the end of December." The Samsung-made Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone is priced at £549.95 as a pay-as-you-go device, or free on new £35/month deals with a two-year agreement. Alternatively the smartphone can be bought at £549.95 SIM-free. That gets you a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, NFC and 16GB of onboard storage; more info in our hands-on Nexus S unboxing. [vms 2b13f5505d7c424ebae5] [via OneMobileRing]

Maps 5.0 on the Nexus S Demoed by Google

Google has just posted a walkthrough of the new Maps 5.0 running on the Nexus S to its official YouTube page. The video gives a 2:30 minute look at the new Google Maps including the full 3D maps that it offers.

Google Nexus S unboxing & hands-on [Video]

Google's new 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.

Google NFC Hotpot stickers will pull Places into your Gingerbread phone

Google has revealed the first stage of its plans to promote NFC, as found in the Nexus S and support for which has been added in Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The search giant will be leveraging its new Hotpot mobile review system with NFC-enabled window stickers for businesses to display, part of new Google Places Business Kits. The kits will have various leaflets and guides suggesting how businesses can increase the number of reviews they have online, but most interestingly they'll have an NFC sticker to display by the door. Touching a Nexus S - or another NFC-enabled phone running 2.3, once they're more common - to the sticker will send business information to the handset. Google will kick things off with a trial in Portland, Oregon.

Nexus S updates to be OTA not via Samsung Kies

Google has confirmed that the Nexus S, unlike Samsung's other Android smartphones, won't require the Korean company's Kies desktop management app for installing software updates. Instead, Android Developer Advocate Reto Meier confirmed, updates will be released over-the-air as with the Nexus One. The news will come as a relief to those non-Windows users eyeing the Nexus S, as currently Samsung only offers a version of Kies for PCs and not Mac or Linux. More on the Nexus S in our hands-on coverage of the new Gingerbread smartphone. [via Twitter]

Samsung coy on Galaxy S Gingerbread update despite apparent hardware compatibility

Samsung is proving cagey on whether the Galaxy S family of smartphones will see an official upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, blaming system requirements and "the overall effect of such [an] Update to Samsung products" - among other things - for the uncertainty. That's according to a Samsung spokesperson pestered by Pocket-lint, who basically surmised that the possibility of an update was still being decided.
"In case a new version of Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of implementation of such new version to the existing Samsung products with Android operating system ("Update"). Such a review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such Update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors" Samsung UK
Meanwhile Google's lead Android developer, Dan Morrill, has confirmed that the hardware requirements of Gingerbread "are similar" to those of Froyo, and that the platform "has never had hard processor" minimum specifications. If Samsung decides not to release Gingerbread for the Galaxy S, it seems like it would be more for reasons of keeping the new Nexus S differentiated rather than for anything technical. [via Engadget]

Google Maps 5.0 Gets Shown Off on Nexus S at LeWeb 2010 [Video]

Using her time well at LeWeb 2010, Google VP Marissa Mayer went up on stage, and started talking about what people can expect from the next big update to Google Maps. The 5.0 update will bring with it plenty of improvements to the system itself, as well as plenty of extra features on the aesthetic end of things, so using the application will be just as enjoyable as useful. Of course, just talking about it is one thing -- showing it off is another.
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