Google has today officially introduced Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the next version of Android operating system for mobile phones and also announced on this blog entry that the latest version Android 2.3 Gingerbread would debut on Samsung’s upcoming Google’s branded Nexus S smartphone that is based on Samsung’s superstar iPhone killer Android smartphone, the Galaxy S i9000.
The Nexus S i9020 would hit Best Buy stores in US starting December 16, just in time for the holidays and will cost $529 unlocked without a service contract. In addition, with a two-year T-Mobile agreement, it would retail for $199.
The Samsung Nexus S i9020 smartphone is Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700 HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps) compatible and is powered by 1 GHz Cortex A8 hummingbird chipset and features 512MB RAM along with 16GB of built-in flash memory but NO microSD card slot for additional external memory.
Nexsus S has a 4-inch 235 ppi WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen like in Galaxy S and Samsung’s new Contour Display with curved glass screen and anti-fingerprint display coating.
Only 129g in weight, Nexus S also offers Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR wireless connection, Near Field Communication (NFC) (explained little below), Assisted GPS (A-GPS) and microUSB 2.0 for wired connectivity.
Nexus S would also include 5 megapixel (2560×1920 pixel) rear camera with added LED flash and a front-facing VGA resolution camera for 3G assisted video calling newly offered by Android Gingerbread. Users will be able to make calls through the Internet using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology.
Cool thing is that like several Galaxy S versions, the Nexus S also also offers video recording in 720p high-definition at 30 frames per second in addition to H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording.
Other features include Haptic feedback vibration, 3D Three-axis gyroscope, Accelerometer sensor for auto screen rotation, Digital compas, Proximity sensor for auto screen off, ambiance light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brighness with reference to surrounding light and 3.5mm 4-conductor headset jack (stereo audio plus microphone.
The Galaxy Nexus S powered by latest version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform would also includes support for Near Field Communications (NFC) hardware, allowing users to make mobile payments with a wave of their handset. An internal 3D gyroscope will flip the screen as users turn the phone.
The NFC hardware lets you read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in all kinds of everyday objects like movie posters, stickers and t-shirts.
Google has co-developed Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3 with Samsung to ensure tight integration of hardware and software to highlight the latest advancements of the Android platform.
As part of the Google’s Nexus brand, Nexus S from Samsung delivers what Google terms as a “pure Google” experience: unlocked, unfiltered access to the best Google mobile services and the latest and greatest Android releases and updates.
This video introduces the Google-Samsung Nexus SSmartphone
The Nexus S comes with 1500 mAh li-ion standard battery that offers talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G ( about 14 hours on 2G) or Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G ( about 29.7 days on 2G) network.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered Nexus S comes bundled with standard Google Apps including , Android Market, Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps 4.7 with Navigatio, Google Search, Google Talk IM, Google Voice, Voice Actions, YouTube and many more. Then there are over 100,000 apps at Android Market for download.