Google Nexus S and Android 2.3 Gingerbread finally announced (video)

Google has finally announced the new version of its OS – Android 2.3 Gingerbread – as well as the first smartphone based on it: none other than the Samsung-made Google Nexus S.

First of all, let’s talk about the Nexus S.

Apart from being the world’s first Gingerbread handset, it’s also the first to feature a Contour Display with curved glass screen and Anti-fingerprint coating – so at least from this point of view it is a unique device. The screen is a 4 inch Super AMOLED one with 480 x 800 pixels.

More specs and features:

  • Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700 MHz (yup, no 3G for AT&T, only for T-Mobile – we’re talking about the US here, of course)
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor and light sensor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
  • A-GPS
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR (why not Bluetooth 3.0?)
  • Google Maps with free Navigation
  • Dedicated Graphics Processing Unit
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 5MP autofocus camera with flash and 720 x 480 video recording
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video calling
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 16GB of on-board memory
  • 1500 mAh Lithum Ion battery (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)
  • 123.9 x 63 x 10.88 mm
  • 129 grams

Nexus S official video promo:

In the US, Google Nexus S will be available starting December 16, either unlocked, or with a T-Mobile contract (Best Buy stores will have it). in the UK, the new Nexus will be launched on December 20 via Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy.

Update: Best Buy announced that the Nexus S would cost $199 on contract, and $529 unlocked.

The official Google Nexus S website can be found here.

As for Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this comes with:

  • NFC support
  • User Interface enhancements “for simplicity and speed”
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling
  • Video calling support
  • Enhancements for gaming
  • Mixable audio effects

Android 2.3 Gingerbread official video presentation:

You can check out all the new features included in Android 2.3 Gingerbread here at Android Developers.

Via Google

Author: Florin

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