Dallas – The first smartphone using the Android 2.3 operating
system, also called Gingerbread, will be a model co-developed by Google and
Samsung and available after Dec. 16 through Best Buy as an unlocked phone or
with T-Mobile service plan.
The price through all Best Buy big-box stores, 157 Best Buy
Mobile specialty stores, and BestBuy.com is $529 as an unlocked phone without a
contract and $199 with a two-year T-Mobile service agreement and qualifying
voice and data plan.
Thanks to the Gingerbread OS, the Nexus S supports Near Field
Communication (NFC), enabling the phone to read information off stickers and
posters embedded with NFC chips. Other Gingerbread features include faster performance,
VoIP Internet calling, gyroscope sensor for gaming, a new and improved virtual
keyboard, improved text selection tool, improved copy/paste function, and a
new, cleaner user interface.
Because it carries Google’s Nexus brand, the Nexus S delivers
what Google called “a pure Google experience” and explained the details in this
The Nexus S, which lacks a hard keyboard, is also the first
smartphone to feature a curved LCD display for a more ergonomic style and feel
when held to the user’s face. Other Nexus S features include 4-inch 800 by 480
Super AMOLED touchscreen, 1GHz Samsung processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing
camera/camcorder with autofocus, front-facing VGA camera for video chats,
gyroscope sensor, 16GB of embedded memory, HD video recording of 720p at 30 fps
quality, assisted GPS, accelerometer, proximity sensor, 802.11b/g/n with hot
spot capability, Bluetooth v 2.1 + EDR and USB v2.0 high-speed.