Google has officially announced their next flagship Android smartphone – Google Nexus S which is now manufactured by Samsung. A sequel to the hugely popular Nexus One, Nexus S also comes with a stock version of Android OS. Nexus S will be the first phone to come out with Gingerbread Android 2.3 OS.
Nexus S Specs
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
- Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1500 mAH)
- 6 hours talktime
- 428 hours standby time
Storage and Memory:
- RAM – 512MB
- Internal storage – 16GB
Size and Weight:
- Dimensions – 63x124x11mm
- Screen resolution – WVGA (800 x 480)
- CPU – 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
- USB – USB 2.0
- Audio / headphone jack 3.5mm
- Primary – 5.0 megapixels
- LED Flash
- Video recording
- WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth – Bluetooth 2.1
Nexus S Features
- 16GB of internal memory
- Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows users to read NFC tags
- Front and rear facing cameras
- Voice Actions allows users to text friends, search for and call restaurants and stores, write notes to self, receive step-by-step directions via Google Maps™ with Navigation and Latitude, and ring and email contacts just by speaking into their smart phone
- Access to Google mobile services including Google Search™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Calendar™, Google Talk™, Google Voice™
- Gyroscope support for enhanced gaming and motion detection
Nexus S Availability
It will arrive on December 16th in US and December 20th on UK. In US, it will be available online and in-store from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores either unlocked or with a T-Mobile plan. In UK, Nexus S will hit on December 20th at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK.
Nexus S Price
There are no official confirmation regarding the pricing of Google Nexus S. According to some rumors, in UK, Carphone Warehouse will be offering it either subsidized through Vodafone, free on a £35 a month contract, or SIM-free for the unsubsidized price of £549.95.
Best Buy US has released a press release
Nexus S is available after Dec. 16 in all Best Buy big box stores, the 157 Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and on BestBuy.com. Customers can purchase Nexus S for $529 as an unlocked phone without a contract. Nexus S optimized for T-Mobile’s network is available for $199 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.
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New Features of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
The user interface is refined in many ways across the system, making it easier to learn, faster to use, and more power-efficient. A simplified visual theme of colors against black brings vividness and contrast to the notification bar, menus, and other parts of the UI. Changes in menus and settings make it easier for the user to navigate and control the features of the system and device.
New Android Keyboard:
The Android soft keyboard is redesigned and optimized for faster text input and editing. The keys themselves are reshaped and repositioned for improved targeting, making them easier to see and press accurately, even at high speeds. The keyboard also displays the current character and dictionary suggestions in a larger, more vivid style that is easier to read.
The keyboard adds the capability to correct entered words from suggestions in the dictionary. As the user selects a word already entered, the keyboard displays suggestions that the user can choose from, to replace the selection. The user can also switch to voice input mode to replace the selection. Smart suggestions let the user accept a suggestion and then return to correct it later, if needed, from the original set of suggestions.
New multitouch key-chording lets the user quickly enter numbers and symbols by pressing Shift+ and ?123+, without needing to manually switch input modes. From certain keys, users can also access a popup menu of accented characters, numbers, and symbols by holding the key and sliding to select a character.
Improved Power Management:
The Android system takes a more active role in managing apps that are keeping the device awake for too long or that are consuming CPU while running in the background. By managing such apps — closing them if appropriate — the system helps ensure best possible performance and maximum battery life.
The system also gives the user more visibility over the power being consumed by system components and running apps. The Application settings provides an accurate overview of how the battery is being used, with details of the usage and relative power consumed by each component or application.
A shortcut to the Manage Applications control now appears in the Options Menu in the Home screen and Launcher, making it much easier to check and manage application activity. Once the user enters Manage Applications, a new Running tab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each. The user can read further details about each application and if necessary stop an application or report feedback to its developer.
The user can make voice calls over the internet to other users who have SIP accounts. The user can add an internet calling number (a SIP address) to any Contact and can initiate a call from Quick Contact or Dialer. To use internet calling, the user must create an account at the SIP provider of their choice — SIP accounts are not provided as part of the internet calling feature. Additionally, support for the platform’s SIP and internet calling features on specific devices is determined by their manufacturers and associated carriers.
Near Field Communications (NFC):
An NFC Reader application lets the user read and interact with near-field communication (NFC) tags. For example, the user can “touch” or “swipe” an NFC tag that might be embedded in a poster, sticker, or advertisement, then act on the data read from the tag. A typical use would be to read a tag at a restaurant, store, or event and then rate or register by jumping to a web site whose URL is included in the tag data. NFC communication relies on wireless technology in the device hardware, so support for the platform’s NFC features on specific devices is determined by their manufacturers.
The Downloads application gives the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email, or another application. Downloads is built on an completely new download manager facility in the system that any other applications can use, to more easily manage and store their downloads.
Multiple Camera Management:
The application now lets the user access multiple cameras on the device, including a front-facing camera, if available.
More info at the Android Developers Blog.