Google's Nexus S has landed over at Android Community, and Ewdi has wasted no time in getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone opened up in a video unboxing. First impressions are good, too, with the handset being sturdy - if plasticky - in its construction, and Gingerbread proving slick on the 1GHz Hummingbird processor.
Google is planning to use its new NFC support in Android 2.3 Gingerbread - and in the Nexus S - to allow businesses to wirelessly send information to interested would-be consumers. A trial program is kicking off in Portland, Oregon, where Google is distributing Google Places Business Kits containing NFC-enabled stickers to companies listed in their online reviews system.
Owners of a Nexus S - or, indeed, another Gingerbread handset with NFC support, when they start hitting the market - will be able to hold their phone up to the sticker and see business information on their device. The kits will also contain leaflets and guides helping businesses increase the number of reviews covering them online.
Google VP Marissa Mayer took the stage at LeWeb 2010 today, and it was no surprise to see the search and user experience exec pull out a Nexus S. Unlike most Nexus S handsets - such as the unit we spent hands-on time with yesterday - Mayer's phone is running the incoming Google Maps for Mobile 5.0, and they wasted no time before running through a demo.
The Google Nexus S isn't due to arrive officially until December 16 at the earliest, but Google has been flaunting the Samsung-made Gingerbread smartphone ahead of time. We grabbed some hands-on time with the brand new flagship; check out our first-impressions and a video demo after the cut.
The Google Nexus S has just got official, complete with a full spec sheet and availability later this month. Available on T-Mobile USA, the Nexus S has a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, 16GB of storage and WiFi b/g/n; it also gets NFC (Near Field Communications) support, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
For all of you sitting at your computers (or sitting in the audience) today in the afternoon watching some fellows talking on stage on the way the world is working, you already know that one of those guys, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, whipped out something pretty neat to show off the brand new Android 2.3 Gingerbread system (if only for a few moments). The phone he displayed was none other than the mystical Nexus S, the same one we've been all a jibbles about since last week. Gingerbread held some sensual code-reading paying-for-donuts secrets of its own as well...
"The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one." So spoke Google CEO Eric Schmidt back in July 2010, confirming the search giant's hardware motivations with the HTC-made smartphone and downplaying any intention of a second-generation phone. Now, with the Samsung-made Google Nexus S (aka the Nexus Two or Samsung GT-i9020) confirmed as imminent in all but press release, the question is what Google hopes to achieve with their next self-branded device.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has dismissed concerns that the Lumia 920 will suffer from not being Microsoft's "signature" Windows Phone, with HTC instead taking that crown, arguing that the perceived advantage is "ambiguous." Asked whether Nokia felt slighted or sidelined at HTC inking a deal with Microsoft to put the Windows Phone 8X and 8S at the core of its new advertising campaign, Elop insisted that there's more to Lumia than just Windows Phone itself. "We could have called our devices Windows Phone 920 or whatever," the chief exec told Wired, "but we felt it was important to say that we stand for something a step above."
Today Android M was listed by Google in their collection of events for Google I/O. This is Google's yearly developers conference, one where it's common for Google to reveal a new flavor of Android - or at least major updates for flavors of Android. At this year's Google I/O 2015, Google's first mention of Android M has appeared. This will most likely end up being called Android Marshmallow. Meanwhile there's a rumor that the Nexus 9 will be replaced amid some (relatively outlying) price drops abroad.