Samsung Nexus S

Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Appear in AOSP After Nexus S Day

Hooray! Android developer Jean-Baptiste Queru's Twitter account hath granted us all a lovely bit of news saying that Android 2.3 Gingerbread will soon be released to AOSP Android Open Source Project soon after Nexus S day (that day being December 15, tomorrow.) This means that ROMs are soon on the way via hackers of the world - get those rooted devices out and get pumped up for cookies.

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.

Nexus S Questions Answered by Best Buy

As the Nexus S is quite soon going to be available at Best Buy, and more than just a couple people are interested in it, the store decided to field a few questions about the device. Some of the details you might already know, but a few are oddities and result in facts the rest of the world's been unaware of up till now. Prices, financing, contracts, display models, accessories, and more!

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]

Nexus S to get Super Clear LCD in Russia Instead of Super AMOLED

I'm sure you're aware of the massive amount of news that blasted through yesterday on the Nexus S and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While Nexus S appears to be launching with a lovely Super AMOLED in the UK and the USA, Russians are reported to be a little less lucky. In that gigantic country there'll be instead a Super Clear LCD, a comparable display with just a bit more energy sucking on it's bill of needs.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Features and List of What’s New

Hooray because today's the day. Google's released not only the Nexus S with Samsung, but Gingerbread as well. This version of the Android mobile OS offers speed! Not only that though, as you're soon to find out, there's wild additions too! Nothing so big your eyeballs will explode, but close! There's a new keyboard, a new text selection tool, gyroscope support, power management improvements, VoIP/SIP calling, improved copy and paste, support for NFC technology, and more!

Nexus S Review and Rundown by TechCrunch

Correctly referring to it as "the reference phone for this generation of Android," our friends at TechCrunch have begun their review of the Google Nexus S, the next generation smartphone released with direct design input from the Google Android team. This phone was built on the bones of the Nexus One, and will be available to purchase at Best Buy in the USA through T-Mobile and at Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. - available on December 16th of this year (in ten days!) with pre-orders taken sooner. Significantly faster than Nexus One, slightly heavier than the Galaxy S, and slightly thicker, wider, taller, and with a bigger screen than iPhone 4.

Google Nexus S gets official: NFC, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, more

Google has officially announced the Google Nexus S, along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Samsung-made Nexus S has a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, T-Mobile USA 3G support and NFC (Near Field Communications) for contactless payment. There's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 5-megapixel camera, plus a second camera up front. The Nexus S will have 16GB of onboard storage, Samsung's 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and mobile hotspot functionality. More on Android 2.3 Gingerbread here. The Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked) online and in-store from Best Buy retailers in the U.S. starting after December 16 and at Carphone Warehouse retailers in the U.K. after December 20. It will be priced at £549.95 unlocked in the UK. Stay tuned in the coming days, as both SlashGear and Android Community will have their own hands-on time with the device. Google Nexus S: [youtube lxUXulxE5o0] Android 2.3 Gingerbread: [youtube Jx3pdWBlZ34] [gallery] Press Release:
SAMSUNG AND GOOGLE TO DELIVER NEXUS S, THE FIRST MOBILE PHONE IN THE WORLD POWERED BY ANDROID 2.3 Nexus S offers the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, 4” Super AMOLED touch screen with curved design, Near Field Communication (NFC), front and rear-facing cameras and 1GHz application processor SEOUL, Korea, and DALLAS, US December 6, 2010 — Samsung Electronics, a leading mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider1 in the U.S., and Google™ today announced Nexus S™, the world’s first handset to feature the latest version of Google’s Android™ platform. Powered by Android 2.3, Samsung and Google have packed Nexus S with powerful technology and the latest in hardware features. JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “Samsung and Google have worked together closely to deliver the best Android smart phone experience for consumers. It has been our ambition in working with Google to continue to push the Android platform forward and create a smart phone that has both superior functionality and a stunning user-experience. It is extremely satisfying to see this partnership again bear tremendous fruit.” “Samsung was thrilled to work with Google to create the first device featuring the much anticipated Android 2.3 OS. Nexus S is powerful proof of Samsung and Google’s commitment to bringing technology firsts to market and launching products that utilize the open and innovative Android operating system,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Nexus S integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and technology with the exciting new features and upgrades of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give consumers a breakthrough smartphone experience.” "Google is excited to co-develop Nexus S with Samsung, ensuring solid integration of hardware and software to deliver the lead device for the latest version of Android, Gingerbread," said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google. Nexus S is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen technology providing a premium viewing experience. The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more ergonomic style and feel when held to the user’s face. Nexus S also features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows you to read information off of everyday objects like stickers and posters that are embedded with NFC chips. Powered by a 1 GHz Samsung application processor, Nexus S produces rich 3D graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content. Nexus S is equipped with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder, as well as a VGA front facing camera. In addition, Nexus S features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right. Nexus S also comes with 16 GB of internal memory. Android 2.3, Gingerbread, is the fastest version of Android yet. It features support for Near Field Communication (NFC), a new and improved keyboard with multi-touch support, Internet calling (VoIP/SIP support), and a clean new user interface. Nexus S also includes popular Android features such as portable Wi-Fi hotspot, true multitasking, access to Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Voice Actions, Google Voice™ and YouTube™, and access to over 100,000 apps and widgets on Android Market™. Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked) online and in-store from Best Buy retailers in the U.S. starting after December 16 and at Carphone Warehouse retailers in the U.K. after December 20.

Google Nexus S running Android 2.3 Gingerbread caught in wild

New photos of Google's Nexus S and Android 2.3 Gingerbread have leaked, this time over at xda-developers. The shots are pretty blurry and heavily cropped, but there's also a list of tentative specifications including 720p HD video capture and a 4-inch screen that they suggest might be Super AMOLED 2. Recent speculation has tipped a December 6 reveal for Gingerbread, though it's unclear when the Samsung-made Nexus S might arrive.
  • ArmV7 CPU – Could be Dual Core
  • Open GL ES Supported
  • 512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
  • 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
  • 800×480 Screen Resolution
  • 4″ Screen Size
  • SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
  • 720P HD Video
[gallery] [via SlashGear]
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