Google Announces Nexus S and Android 2.3 Gingerbread
7 Dec 2010 | Android , Samsung , Smartphone , Software | 1 comment
Following up on the rumors, Google finally decided to introduce the Nexus S, a brand new smartphone developed together with Samsung and the highly expected Android 2.3 Gingerbread to go along with it.
Nexus SThe Google Nexus S will come equipped with a 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor, 16GB iNAND flash memory, a 5 megapixel (2560x1920) camera with 720x480 video recording, autofocus, flash and a secondary VGA camera on the front, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone will come with a 4-inch WVGA (480x800) contour display with curved glass screen, super AMOLED, 235 ppi, anti-fingerprint display coating.
Connectivity-wise, the Nexus S is quad-band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900), tri-band HSPA (900, 2100, 1700), HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps). It also features Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Near Field Communication (NFC), which can be used for close-range data exchange, such as payments, Assisted GPS (A-GPS) and microUSB 2.0
Expect the Nexus S to be available after December 16 at Best Buy stores in the US and after December 20 at Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK. The unlocked version of the Nexus will cost $529 in the US and £549.95 in the UK. T-Mobile USA will be selling it on contract for $199.
Android 2.3 GingerbreadThe first thing you'll notice with the new Android 2.3 are the changes in the user interface. Google has decided to clean up all the menus and buttons to make them look cleaner by adding a more simpler palette, making things more consistent.
Other fixes have been made in the typing area as well. The keys on the touch keyboard have been spaced out for better accuracy and speed. There is also a new way to select text, which is easier than before. Now when you tap inside the text, the cursor shows up but so does an arrow-like shape below it, which makes it easier to move the cursor around. When you select text, two similar shapes will show up and lets you quickly change selection.
In Android 2.3, the application manager tool has a new tab for running programs that lets users see how much system resources each running application is consuming. The tool also allows users to terminate individual apps.
Other new features and fixes include better support for devices with multiple cameras, SIP support (which allows users to make voice calls to SIP addresses over WiFi), support for more media formats, download manager, accelerated event handling for faster input processing and updated graphics drivers for better 3D performance.
Google didn't announce a roll-out date for the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so it will most likely happen after the launch of Nexus S. Hopefully, it will be available before the end of the year.