Nexus S, still the only phone to officially run Android 2.3, it's now confirmed that Android 2.4 will not only be arriving imminently, but also bear the name Gingerbread. As rumored earlier in the year, that has meant a delay in non-Google Gingerbread handsets. At the time, it was suggested that Google was trying to keep the field clear for the Nexus S, maintaining the Samsung's flagship status for as long as possible until dual-core phones arrived, but it now seems that the delay has been to give Android engineers time to bring 2.4 up to speed. Android Community spoke with HTC in a pre-MWC 2011 briefing, and the company confirmed that its new range would arrive with Android 2.4 rather than 2.3. The exact differences weren't specified - HTC described them as having "no impact on the user" and being mainly bugfixes - but we've also heard that 2.4 addresses the compatibility of apps that have been written for dual-core devices (such as Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets on chipsets like Tegra 2) running on single-core handsets like the Nexus S. Where that leaves devices like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc - which the company insisted would launch with 2.3, but which has been spotted running what was listed as 2.4 - is unclear. Android 2.4-based handsets have proved rare when it comes to in-the-wild sightings, with HTC's prototypes in Barcelona last week actually running 2.3.2. The company has said the first of its Gingerbread phones will arrive in early Q2, aka April 2011, at which point we'd expect the Nexus S - and perhaps the Nexus One - to get an Android 2.4 update as well.
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Nexus S isn't new, but the white variant of the Gingerbread smartphone - which is a Vodafone exclusive - certainly is, and we've been itching to get our hands on the newer model since we first caught wind of its existence. As the official photos showed, this isn't quite a full white makeover; in fact, the battery compartment is now white, as are the inset power button and volume rocker, but the front section of the Nexus S is still glossy black. Still, that's not to say no work has gone into it; under the battery cover it's white as well, which leads us to wonder whether it's something to do with the manufacturing process of the curved glass front that has left it black like the original. It's not just a color change, either; gone is the fingerprint-magnet glossy finish, replaced with a slightly textured, matte back plate that feels less prone to slipping out of your grasp. Functionally it's the same Nexus S we know from the full Android Community review, and still the only Android 2.3 Gingerbread device on the market. It's "coming soon" to Vodafone. [gallery]
Vodafone has announced that it will be the first European carrier to offer the Google Nexus S directly, joining retailer Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK in pushing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. The Samsung-made flagship - the Android Community review of which you can read here - will go on sale in Vodafone's own stores, though it's unclear whether other carriers will also be offering it direct. As well as the general black Nexus S we've already seen, Vodafone has clinched the exclusive on the white version. No pricing or availability as yet, but we're guessing Vodafone will be wanting to push this pair out as soon as possible.
updated its Android app, with the free video and audio call software now supporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread and getting "enhanced" Nexus S support. There are also improved notifications and a boosted activity log which pulls in all calls, friend alerts, chats, video calls, history and system messages into a single place. Perhaps most importantly, audio performance has been boosted with better buffering. You can download the Fring v184.108.40.206 app here. [youtube 075s8L7CL64]
Vodafone preview site, the Nexus S is clearly listed as an upcoming device.
series of production shots of the device. However, for the first time, we have now seen the sleek device in the wild.
NFC revolution is really ramping up as of late in the Android world. You might also know that Google's Nexus S handset, out already right this moment, has NFC tag reading capabilities, this before there's extensive compatibility available in the world of apps and consumerism. What you might NOT know is that the Nexus S can WRITE NFC tags just as well as it can read them.
Nexus S, Nexus One, or Samsung Vibrant - you've got updates on the way. Next, see the Android Faces Massive Lawsuit at Hands of Oracle post to see the situation Google is in with copyright infringement. Fear for the future as Verizon Files for Appeal on Net Neutrality Light, and get gleeful as Angry Birds Valentine's Day Edition is casually announced. Finally, and I do mean finally in this list as well as in the wait for this piece of tech, Notion Ink is shipping. Wait by your door like a puppy! Browse Android Community while you're at it.