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Looks like Samsung is the

Manufacturer of the new phone called the Nexus S

The phone will ship with Gingerbread.

Lets go over Gingerbread and the new Google phone, Nexus S below.

Gingerbread what's new
android gingerbread 2.3

If you are one of the Android users that has been using Android from 1.5 or 1.6, you will be excited to read about what's new and improved. If you ever wondered why there are no front cameras on any android phones, well you we're not alone and this has now been addressed and will be covered below.

UI has been reworked for simplicity and speed

This includes things like the keyboard, themes more visually appealing, better power management, and all around faster. Now the speed increase will come from better hardware, but google has also indicated that the overall os is more efficient. it's reported the ui is easier to learn and navigate. some of the bullet points are listed below.

  • The keys have been reshaped and repositioned for improved targeting, better for big fingers
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • When typing and word suggestions come up it's easier to go back and get the full list of suggested words
  • New multitouch key-chording lets the user quickly enter numbers and symbols by pressing Shift+ and ?123+

  • Improved power management

    Gingerbread has been reworked to better manage app's that are running and takes a more active role in managing app's that are keeping the device awake for too long. Gingerbread now keeps tabs on app's that consume to much cpu and closes them if needed. This will most likely be a feature that will help in battery life.

  • We will now have a shortcut in the Options Menu to control applications, making it much easier to check and manage an applications activity
  • The system also gives the user more visibility over the power being consumed by the system and running app's
  • We will now have a shortcut while looking in the system at the running applications to give feedback to the developer

  • communicating and organizing in new ways

    The standard list of applications have been updated and will most likely have some that are region specific. For an example, Google voice now has a built in app. This will do anyone outside of the US no good as google voice is not available anywhere else.

    Come on Google lets get Google voice here in canada.

  • We can now make calls over the internet to friends and colleagues who have SIP accounts
  • The address book will have a new field to add a sip number and allow us to call to a sip number from the quick contact feature
  • NFC Reader application if this sounds greek to you don't worry it's not something everyone has probably heard of, we will most likely see this used more in the future. This is something you might see at an event and you will scan your phone, just pass your phone over the sticker and be brought to a web page with more info
  • There is now a downloads app, this will give us more control over downloads from the web or email. this will also allow applications to be able to see downloads
  • Ok this is one that was missing for me as I used the front camera in my old Xperia x1 and liked it. Gingerbread now supports dual cameras, this means hardware manufacturers can now start developing new hardware with dual cameras
  • This will conclude the gingerbread new features, so now lets cover the new Nexus S

    Samsung Nexus S
    nexus s

    Lets look at the specs. the first thing I have noticed is the phone has no extra storage slot. Maybe Google took a page from the new release of the line of Windows phone 7, as none of those phones have a slot for storage. I guess google feels 16 gigs is enough.

    Google Nexus S specifications


    * Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
    * Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
    * HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)

    * Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
    * Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
    * Near Field Communication (NFC)
    * Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
    * microUSB 2.0


    * 4.0" WVGA (480x800)
    * Contour Display with curved glass screen
    * Super AMOLED
    * 235 ppi
    * Capacitive touch sensor
    * Anti-fingerprint display coating

    Size and weight

    * 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm
    * 129g


    * Haptic feedback vibration
    * Three-axis gyroscope
    * Accelerometer
    * Digital compass
    * Proximity sensor
    * Light sensor

    Processor and memory

    * 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
    * 16GB iNAND flash memory

    Cameras and multimedia

    * Back-facing: 5 megapixels (2560x1920)
    * 720 x 480 video resolution
    * H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
    * Auto focus
    * Flash
    * Front-facing: VGA (640x480)

    * 3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack
    (stereo audio plus microphone)
    * Earpiece and microphone
    * Software noise-cancellation


    * Talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G
    (14 hours on 2G)
    * Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G
    (29.7 days on 2G)
    * 1500 mAH Lithum Ion


    * Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
    * Android Market
    * Calendar
    * Gmail
    * Google Earth
    * Google Maps with Navigation
    * Google Search
    * Google Talk
    * Google Voice
    * Voice Actions
    * YouTube


    Well the new version of Android has gotten my attention, but just from the specs and look of the Samsung Galaxy S, I mean Nexus S I'm not impressed. I would have thought Google would have at least made the plastic case a little more nicer. I mean look at the options out there, if this is going to be Google's flagship why would they not take the aesthetics of the hardware into consideration? I know this will upset some die hard samsung fans, but really. Look aluminium is so light and gives such a more sturdy feel to any device. the next thing Google decided to do was to leave out the slot for extra storage, this makes no sense to me what so ever. It's coming close to 2012 and and 16 gigs seems like a step backwards, is this not a full featured device? How much music, pictures and video will this hold? i guess this will not be the device to have for a long trip or a long weekend for the kids where there's no access to replace content.

    Ok I'm done ranting and will leave you with this, Android seems like it's moving in the right direction and getting only better, as for the hardware guess I'll never really know as i will never buy one and unless I we're to get one to review I'll stick with my Initial remarks.

    Feel free to leave some comments, if you are the proud owner of a new Nexus S and can shed some light on the pluses of this phone please fill me in

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