Google has unveiled its second branded smartphone, the Google Nexus S. Like the Google Nexus One before it, the Google Nexus S will set the pace for the next generation of Android based mobile phones. It is the first Android phone to run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android so far and with a 1GHz A8 chip processor (Hummingbird), Google Nexus S is sure to offer superfast performance. Google Nexus S, although branded Google is built by Samsung and is derived from the Samsung Galaxy S. Other features of the Nexus S include 5 megapixels camera, Internet calls (SIP/VOIP), music/video player, GPS, NFC support, high speed internet (3G/HSDPA), video calling, and 16GB internal memory. Google Nexus S will be available from December 16 in the US and from December 20 in the UK.
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OS and Software
Google Nexus S is the first smartphone to run the Android 2.3 Operating system (Gingerbread). Android 2.3 is not much of a redesign, but comes with some performance improvements.
It is the fastest version of Android so far, so performance is bound to improve with menus and tabs responding faster, faster browsing, etc. Internet calling (VOIP) has been improved with support for SIP.
Google Nexus S also features a brand new keyboard, improved copy/paste functionality, improved multitasking, gyroscope sensor support, and Near Field Communication (NFC) all thanks to the Android 2.3. Gingerbread also adds a more polished user interface to Google Nexus S.
The beauty of Google Nexus S is that it runs a clean install of Android not in any way tweaked. So users will enjoy Android in all its glory with no limitations. Like most Android Smartphones, Google Nexus S comes preloaded with Google software and apps like Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Talk, Google Voice, YouTube, and Picasa. Nexus S also adds Google Earth. With Voice Actions, you can speak to your phone to do a search or just give a voice command to your phone.
1 GHz processor
Google Nexus S features a 1GHz A8 chip processor (Hummingbird). This combines with a 16GB internal memory and of course Android 2.3 to provide superfast performance. Google Nexus S comes with a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), providing a great experience with videos and games. The processor also handles multitasking better.
Like Samsung Galaxy S, Google Nexus S features a 4-inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with multitouch. However, the display on Nexus S is a Contour display with curved glass screen that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. The display offers a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, same as in Nexus One but higher than Samsung Galaxy S. The display is bright and crisp with deep blacks and great viewing angles. Google Nexus S also offers better outdoor view. According to Google it offers 75% less glare than other smartphones.
Google Nexus S has a built-in 5 megapixel camera with HD video (720p) recording capability. Other features of the camera include Autofocus, Flash, and so on. Make your own movies with the Nexus S, record in HD, add music, images, and texts using the video editing software, and share easily with your friends.
Google Nexus S also comes with a photo editor. Nexus S features a front facing VGA camera, which is suited for video calling, but can still be used for taking VGA quality images and video. via a secondary VGA camera.
Network, Data, and Internet browsing
Google Nexus S is a 3G phone supporting high-speed data on HSDPA/UMTS (up to 7.2 Mbps). Outside 3G coverage the Nexus S can access telecoms services on GSM with data services on GPRS and EDGE. Google Nexus S also features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n for connecting over WLAN networks.
It can function as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to six portable devices like your laptops, etc, enabling you share a single network connection with up to six devices. The built-in browser is compatible with WAP 2.0/XHTML/HTML enabling you to browse WAP pages and websites tailored for mobile browsing as well as full websites.
Google Nexus S supports Bluetooth 2.1 for short-range wireless connectivity. Users can transfer files from/to their computer wirelessly via Bluetooth as well as share content wirelessly with other Bluetooth enabled devices.
Nexus S also features NFC and microUSB 2.0. It has a built-in modem, which means users can connect their computer to the internet with their phone via Bluetooth or USB.
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Google Nexus S has NFC (near field communication) built-in. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in everyday objects like movie posters, stickers and t-shirts.
The embedded chip contains information about the object, which can be read with a device enabled to read NFC data. With NFC, Google Nexus S can read information from “smart” tags, or objects with NFC chips embedded in them. NFC also has potential in mobile epayment. However, NFC still has limited applications for now. So, do not expect to be using it very soon.
Media and Storage
Google Nexus S provides access to over 100,000 apps, games, and widgets on Android Market. Watch videos on the move with the YouTube app on the phone. Watch videos and listen to music on Google Nexus S with its built-in music and video player. It has a 16GB internal memory with no support for memory card.
Navigation and Maps
Google Nexus S features a built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Google maps, and digital compass. Nexus S also supports Cell tower positioning and Wi-Fi positioning. With Google Maps with Navigation (Beta), Places, and Latitude you can find local points of interest and get turn-by-turn voice-guidance to most locations. You can also browse Street View imagery or get traffic information directly on Nexus S if available in your area.
Price and availability
Google Nexus S will be available from December 16 in the US and from December 20 in the UK. No date available for Nigeria. As for price, the US price for unlocked Nexus S is 529 USD. With this price our guess is that Google Nexus S will go around N82,000 – N95,000 in Nigeria.
Other features and specifications of Google Nexus S that might interest you are:
- 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
- Android OS v2.3 (Gingerbread)
- dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
- Noise Cancellation Software
- Accelerometer sensor
- Three-axis gyroscope
- Anti-fingerprint display coating
- NFC Sopurt
- 3.5mm audio jack
- 16GB iNAND flash memory (internal memory)
- 512MB RAM
- Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
- Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality
- unlimited contacts phonebook
- GPS Navigation with Google Maps and Navigation
- Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Talk, Google Voice, YouTube
- GSM Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
- 3G/3.5G (UMTS/HSDPA)
- Voice memo
- Predictive texting T9
- email/push email/IM
- Music player (MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC)
- Video player (MP4, DivX, WMA, H.263, H.264)
- Video/Photo editor
- Mobile Tracker
- Java MIDP 2.0
- WAP 2.0/XHTML/HTML
- Battery capacity: 1,500 mAh
- Standby: 427.2 hours (3G)
- Talktime: 6.7 hours (3G)
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