Like something out of a 1980s spy film, someone has surreptitiously sent out images of a next generation phone running next generation software. Not alone have pictures of the new Android operating system (2.3 aka Gingerbread) been released by the anonymous snapper, but it is seen running on a Samsung-built Google Nexus S.
This comes only a week after Google head-honcho Eric Schmidt took to the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco holding the Nexus S in his hand. The pictures also resolve the fact that Android 2.3 will be called Gingerbread, meaning that Android 3.0 (designed especially for tablets apparently) will be called Honeycomb.
Some more information about the Nexus S has been gleaned from these pictures. The handset will be running an ArmV7 processor which may or may not be dual core. It will have a screen about 4in in size, possibly Super AMOLED 2 with an 800x480 resolution, and capable of running 720p HD video. At the Web 2.0 Summit last week the phone being held by Schmidt looked identical to the slim-looking device in these latest pictures.
A leaked internal Best Buy product listing last week revealed that the Nexus S, also known as the Samsung GT-192020T, will be heading towards carrier T-Mobile when it is released. The release of Gingerbread has been speculated for some time and we won’t even bother speculating any more – save to say Schmidt did mention last week that it would be with us within weeks. So your guess is as good as ours