Google Nexus S introduced, curved screen and all

Google Nexus S introduced, curved screen and all
UPDATED: Pricing, Gingerbread features.

We were expecting it to show up a few hours later, but it looks like Andy Rubin, Google VP of Engineering, head of Android, couldn't keep the secret anymore, as he single-handedly announced the Google Nexus S (and Gingerbread) on the company's official blog. The phone, manufactured by Samsung, as opposed to HTC, which made the Nexus One, will be available for purchase (unlocked or with T-Mobile service) starting December 16 in the U.S., through Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile. U.K. customers will be able to get theirs from December 20, through Carphone Warehouse. The Google Nexus S price at Best Buy will be the traditional $199 with a T-Mobile contract, and $529 unlocked. Google Nexus One owners are supposedly getting their Gingerbread fix in a few weeks as an OTA update.

As a whole, it seems almost all that we've heard about the Nexus S is now confirmed. The curved screen glass that's been the subject of much debate will be called “Contour Display”, and the actual reasons for it being curved can be found with the comfort that this kind of design approach can give you. To be more specific, the device should fit more comfortably in your palm (when you are just carrying it around, we guess), and when holding it along the side of your face, while talking. The screen itself will utilize Super AMOLED tech and will measure 4 inches at WVGA resolution.

Unfortunately, it turns out the Google Nexus S won't be the first dual-core handset. Instead, it will sport the tried and true Hummingbird chipset (which, to be honest, is fast enough for today's mobile software). Besides, Google is calling Android 2.3 the fastest Android to date, thanks to new coding and CPU resource optimizations.

Anyways, the Nexus S will also come with 16GB of built-in memory, 512MB RAM, 5MP main camera plus a front-facing one and gyroscope, along with an NFC chip.

This actually brings us to the second announcement of the day, which is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Aside from some slight interface refreshments, Gingerbread's major new additions are support for NFC technology (more on this in our dedicated Nexus S round-up), native VoIP integrated in the contacts app without the need for third party applications, new on-screen keyboard which shows multiple letter/symbol versions on the same screen, as well as improved copy/paste functionality, that takes advantage of the multitouch screen allowing for easy select of text with two waypoints.

Gingerbread also supports true multitasking now - for example, when playing a game, you can receive push email notification, pause the game and leave it, reply, then return exactly where you left off. Alternatively, you can hold the home button, and tap on any of the running applications to go exactly where the app is supposed to be at this point of time. By the way, developers might be interested to know that the Android 2.3 SDK/NDK is now available. For developers, Gingerbread adds support for larger touchscreens, such as those found on tablets; sensor APIs, including for linear acceleration, gravity and even barometer; mixing audio effects like bass boost and headphone virtualization and also additional video formats support.

So, are you excited about the Google Nexus S's upcoming availability? What are your thoughts on Gingerbread? Sound off in the comments!

source: Google, Nexus S site, BestBuy

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39. Simon S. unregistered

You guys the Hummingbird 1Ghz is definitely an upgrade from a the last generation Snapdragon 1Ghz. It's built on a 45nm process instead of the Snapdragon's 65nm process which makes it plenty faster and more energy efficient. Also, the GPU on the Hummingbird SoC is a WHOLE GENERATION faster than that of the Snapdragon. Wishing this comes out for Sprint :(

38. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Intel delayed their production of dual core Atoms. Primarily due to battery consumption and lack of speed upgrade. How on earth do you expect a lesser cpu maker to do better? Idiots and there constant whining. At a price point of 199 for T-Mobile. This should make a competitively priced upper tier phone. Not to mention the shift from HTC to Samsung by Google, should make things interesting. Good job Google. Thanks for touching base with the real consumer and their wallets.

37. juse unregistered

this phone is amazing for me, I dont give a shit about no expasion slot because I dont need it anyway. I cant wait to get it =D

36. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

idk maybe my rant but really whats next for christmas 2011 .... omg we have early test of a 3ghz quad-core , 13 megapixel triple flash 4.9 inch touch dual screen with video chat and smell o vision it shows 5g speeds ALLLL for the price of 849$....but by the way u can only hold a call for 3 mins before the battery dies or u lose servie :) baaaaa hahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaha \

34. Teitur unregistered

Big disappointment! Google is sabotaging their own OS vs iPhone and even W7. This phone has nothing groundbreaking. If you want a generic Google phone you can get the Nexus ONE.

33. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

What a disappointment. It's half year old Galaxy S with "Google" brand. GIVE US SOMETHING NEW!!!

32. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Hmm. I'm really interested inthe contour screen. But if it adds no visual prowess to the display and just makes it "ergonomic" then there's little point. Other than that the only hardware upgrades to my nexus 1 are NFC chip, hummingbird(small speed upgrade) and the dedicated gpu. The gpu is the only upgrade worth mentioning there. And gingerbread so far is building up to be a disappointment. I am seeing little reason to upgrade my year old outta production google phone. And even fewer reasons to finally drop my iPhone for android all together.

31. yeo unregistered

Well at least this phone won't have a hardware problem like the HTC nexus one which has 3g problem

28. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

sorta effed up I just bought a Nexus One for a friend this summer for the same $529 +tax/shipping and six months later they offer something better for the very same price.

40. Simon S. unregistered

Would you rather the whole world stop innovating? :) Lol

27. DG unregistered

It has expendable memory up to 32 GB its similar to a Galaxy S except for the curved screen, front facing camera, flash and new OS. You guys lack reading comprehension to not understand something so simple. 1 Ghz processors are fast enough though I'm also gonna wait for dual core but great phone

26. Makapiapia

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 06, 2010

Dude did you watch the video? Google collaborated closely with samsung, so how can you blame samsung alone?

24. Wardski unregistered

Negatives: Made by Samsung = You gotta be fekking kidding me NOOOOooooo!!! Curved screen = Dont leave it in your back pocket & fekking sit on it!! Glossy case = Scratches galore & fingerprint magnet 512Mb Ram = Why not 768Mb???? 1Ghz Single Core CPU = Thats Just Dumb.. Anyone in their right mind will wait for Dual Core.. Positives: Gingerbread = yum...

25. DF334

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

ITs not a Desktop its a Phone!! If you owned any kind of 1GHz phone you wouldnt put any retarded statment like its dumb to have a single core processor! 768MB....really dude!

29. vinsterdamus

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 20, 2010

what's wrong with the screen? If you sit on your phone your just stupid. try a chair or a couch or something.. don't sit on your phone! 512ram hmm ok htc has a 768 phone, but just one. the 1Ghz from samsung is the one fastest in the business. ok the Omap on 1.2 is faster but hey samsung don't make them. The rest is partually true

22. Hiro unregistered

Lose money! Was going to trade in my "my touch 4g", guess I'll wait two years for my contract to expire.Huge disappoinment.

21. lolzorz

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 01, 2010

Almost everyone I knw has wanted the first Nexus One but now ,with a newer version coming out, Hopefully they will also give the phone to other carriers... like Verizon.

20. DF334

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Whats up with the wining!! The main reason for this phone is as they said at the beginning of the video....a PURE ANDROID EXPERIENCE as well as being able to get the latest "STOCK" OS for the phone! For that'S enough for me! There are not many Manufactures releasing any Android model with STOCK Android OS anymore cause they dont want you to root it! Again, for that reason alone it'S enough! Did you NOT hear that the Nexus One is still getting Android 2.3?? One more thing DO you actually think that they will release an Android Phone without a SD card slot??? C'mon get a clue! I think for what they wanted to do, as far as show the speed of the OS and show any new features, I think they did an excellent job! If you want all that Dual-Core processor, 1080P recording, etc....then wait for the other companies to bring out Their own versions! I don't think its fair to shit on a Software based Company because the didnt release what you wanted. Google is Software not Hardware! If anything get on Samsung! Way to go Google...done it again!

23. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

So do you think its a great idea to put a lamborghini engine inm the body of a honda civic?? Of course its not. The functionality of a good operating system is only as good as its hardware. People would like pure android on a phone that has enough memory to hold all their music, pictures, and app. They want speed for web browsing, and a great camera.

19. YaBoyJoe unregistered

I am so disappointed with this phone! I was ready to sell my Nexus 1 and add a few bucks to get the Nexus S. Basically its an all touch epic.... minus the 4 g!!! ..... Come on!!! what happen to dual core?? 2.3 is gonna come out on my phone anyday now. and no HSPA+!!! No HDMI out, and please tell me that there is expandable memory! 16 gigs does not compare to the 32 I can get on the nexus one... WTF Google! DO Better! u just made a Android I Phone!!!

17. Al unregistered

Its time to upgrade my nexus one. But is there really no SD Card slot (under the cover)? They dont have to include/bundle a SD Card -- but a slot should be there for expansion and easy side loading! Also, I hope it has dual-mics for noise cancellation. Lets not take a step backward -- please include things from nexus one and add to it!

15. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

same processor speed, same camera performace as the nexus 1. i really dont see the android 2.3 as any kind of revisioning of the platform- just some minor tweaks. i'll be waiting for an 8+ MP camera with 1080p, dual chip processor, on a verizon 4g phone (and i dont think the wait will be any longer than 6 months or so

18. hickford unregistered

couldn't have said it any better myself

35. NB unregistered

I'm calling mid to late Febuary on VZW 4G. They should have enough nationwide coverage by then to release the devices.

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well i was expecting a bit more, the Nexus One had one of the fist 1Ghz possessors, it was a hardware feature everyone was looking for, so i was expecting the Nexus S to come with something a bit over the edge of technology.

12. XxxCalebxxX

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

they need a verizon 4g version

11. kurt unregistered

this phone was the most antisapated disappointment to me its the galaxy s with a front facing camera. if its suppose to be a developers phone it should be the best phone on the market no the 2nd or 3rd i would definetaly not buy this

16. Kurt unregistered

Us Kurt's think alike. I was so pumped for today to come and had been researching all the apps I would be putting on my first android device. Can't believe there is no expandable memory and really wish there was a dual core. Could live with the camera.

10. ecml490 unregistered

I would definitely get this phone. But sadly I am not because it is going to be on T-Mobile's network :-(

9. hickford unregistered

big disappointment, my wait for a phone with a dual core chip continues, was hoping for 1080p recording, but looking more like february hopefully. then again they need to make games on the devices which need such power to play them, maybe one day we can play gran tourismo in 1080p from the palm of my hands, but until then phones like these seem very similar and not really an improvement. :(

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