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First Images Of Gingerbread Emerge on Nexus S

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First Images Of Gingerbread  Emerge On Nexus S

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

Source: xda-developers.

Jay4d0

November 25, 2010, 10:51 pm

I think if I were to buy an android phone, if I wanst buying the very cheep lowend (eg ZTE blade/orange san fran) and wanted the highend the only phones I would buy are the official google phones like this and the nexus one, simply because they will get future updates (at least for a year or 2) and because they are 'stock' android (the HTC skin isnt that bad but I much prefer it to come stock then if I choose to change it). It also means I will get all the update the manufacturer cannot remove useful features to encorage upgrading therefore it will remain relevent for longer.

ChrisC

November 26, 2010, 2:30 pm

The whole 'reskinning' of operating systems, and before that, the networks 'subtle' changes to a phones screen colours, icons, tools, operation etc has always annoyed me! Love or hate the iPhone, one thing that appeals to me about it, is the fact that the networks can't change the OS at all and it is just as the manufacturer intended.

Chris

November 26, 2010, 6:51 pm

Remember those rumoured specifications for Gingerbread? 1GHz processor? 4in screen? Here's Gordon's news piece:


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...





I've had those specs in the back of my mind for a while because they always seemed a little unrealistic to me. Why should a phone be forced to carry a 4in screen and a 1GHz processor when a perfectly decent new phone like the Desire Z has an 800MHz processor and a 3.7in screen? Would this mean the Desire Z has no hope of receiving a Gingerbread update? That would be crazy, and companies like Google don't usually go out of their way to annoy their existing user base as if on purpose. It's just not good business practice.





However, if these are minimum specifications for a tablet or MID-type device, then they start to make much more sense. Perhaps these will be the minimum specs for a tablet running Honeycomb, not a phone running Gingerbread. I certainly hope so, or I could be holding off from buying a new phone for a while.

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