Google Nexus S - first phone with Android 2.3 unveiled


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Google has finally lifted the lid on barely-secret Nexus S, complete with Android 2.3 at its core.

The new phone is made by Samsung and features a whole host of next generation technology, including a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (which is apparently four times better for viewing in bright light), a 1GHz processor and a front facing video camera for video calling, although third party software is needed.

The processor is Samsung's Hummingbird option, and comes with a discrete GPU so games look cracking on the screen, and also comes with 16GB of internal memory as well.

Smart thinking

If you look at the spec list, it's essentially the same as a Samsung Galaxy S, but with a couple of key differences. Firstly it comes with NFC communication (as CEO Eric Schmidt showed off in November) which Google says will allow the phone to "read information from 'smart' objects (e.g. objects such as movie posters or stickers embedded with NFC tags) by placing the back of Nexus S close to the object."

The Google Nexus S also comes with a refined chassis as well, featuring what Google calls the world's first mobile phone with a curved screen, which Google says is "designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face"... which sounds odder than it (hopefully) looks.

Google Nexus S UK release date

Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google said, "Innovation is at the heart of Google, and Nexus S allows us to drive even greater innovation for the benefit of consumers, the Android ecosystem of partners, and the mobile industry.

"This device combines hardware innovation by one of our partners, Samsung, with innovations to the Android platform, to raise the bar on what's possible when it comes to creating a powerful mobile user experience."

Google is promising a 'limited' release of the Nexus S at the Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy, with a pre-Christmas UK release date announced. The phone will cost a whopping £549.95 SIM free, although will be offered on a slightly-more-palatable £35 a month deal with a free phone.