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.