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Nexus S Could be Here in Weeks - With Gingerbread

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Nexus S Could be Here in Weeks - With Gingerbread

It was a non-announcement that revealed more than most official announcements ever do. Google’s top man Eric Schmidt addressed the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco last night showing off the Samsung Nexus S and announced that the latest Android update, Gingerbread, would be with us in a couple of weeks.

Ok, so he didn’t actually mention the phone by name and the maker and carrier logos were covered up but following some analysis of the address, it is clear that this is indeed the much-rumoured new smartphone from Google – to replace its disastrous Nexus One.

The handset Schmidt was using was a sleek looking device which seemed tapered at either end and was running the Gingerbread flavour of Android which was rumoured for release earlier this week. It has been confirmed that the Android 2.3 update will include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which Schmidt believes could replace credit cards in the future.

Schmidt did confirm the arrival of Gingerbread in the coming weeks so maybe, just maybe, we will see the search giant announce the arrival of the Nexus S at the same event. A leaked internal Best Buy product listing revealed that the Nexus S, also known as the Samsung GT-192020T, will be heading towards carrier T-Mobile when it is released. This is the same as when the Nexus One was launched.

Google will obviously be hoping the Nexus S will have a longer shelf live than the Nexus One which was pulled from shelves only six months after going on sale.

Source: Engadget

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Glenn Gore

November 16, 2010, 3:12 pm

The only thing disastrous about the Nexus One was the way Google sold it, online-only did not work at all. Otherwise it is an excellent phone, has always worked perfectly for me on the CellularOne network, and has always received the latest Android software updates. Mine has FroYo on it, it came straight from Google. You can't say that about the vast majority Android phones, since they are still using 2.1 and that will be TWO versions out from the latest software once Gingerbread comes out!

Evilpaul

November 16, 2010, 3:17 pm

Calling the Nexus One "disastrous" is a bit harsh. I believe that Google produced the phone for 2 main reasons:


A) To push manufacturers to produce hardware more in line with Google's own ideals


B) To give Google a foothold in phone sales





As far as the first point, then it was a success as manufacturers upped the quality of the handsets they were producing. Some of the early Android handsets were woefully underspecified.





For the second point, then Google did not gain a foothold in the phone sales sector off the back of the Nexus One. To say this is the fault of the phone would be disingenuous as the blame is really down to the complete lack of marketing performed by Google to promote the phone.





Hopefully some lessons have been learned and Google will provide more backing on this second effort. The rumoured CPW deal to sell this phone from bricks-and-mortar shops should definitely help.

David Gilbert

November 16, 2010, 4:09 pm

@Glenn Gore @Evilpaaul To clairfy, the disastrous comment related solely to the way the phone was marketed and sold by Google and not the handset at all which was an Android phone built specifically for the operating system. And now more manufacturers are coming round to doing this also, in a similar way that manufacturers of Windows phones have been made to build their handsets specifically for the WP7 operating system.

Stelph

November 16, 2010, 4:17 pm

Yes I agree, its great to see a new Nexus phone come out as the main message that buyers of the nexus sent out IMO was that people wanted a phone that would quickly and easily be updated with the newest firmware without all the wait and hassle of having the manufacturers tweak it before releasing it 3-4 months later (and in some cases never if the phone has been made "obsolete" by a newer version of phone.





Is the name the Nexus "S" because, like the iPhone 3g"s", it will be a minor update rather than a whole new game changer? (i.e slighly more ram, better camera ect)

Runadumb

November 16, 2010, 4:18 pm

Yeah I picked up on the "disastrous" being a bit harsh as well but I guess in context it was. Googles marketing and support was competely disastrous. It just sounds like you are calling the phone itself crap which obviously it is not.





Anyone here interested in this Nexus S if it does have the rumoured Galaxy S specs? I'm not. Why would I pay the £400(ish) for such a small update from my Nexus one? On the other hand if it has that Orion chip my attention will be perked.


Either way there is zero chance of me replacing my phone this year. At the very least I will wait to be utterly disappointed by the playstation phone :)

DrDark

November 16, 2010, 4:18 pm

They'd better hope Samsung hasn't f**ked up the GPS on this one then...

Enarca

November 16, 2010, 6:09 pm

Any idea what the specs are gonna be?

Andy 17

November 16, 2010, 6:10 pm

Agree on 'disastrous', not the clearest use of the term if that's what you meant.





@drdark - Froyo update sorted out my GPS issues with the S. Though maybe I'm a lucky one?

David Gilbert

November 16, 2010, 6:14 pm

@Enarca There's very little in the way of specs leaked so far however there are strong rumours that the phone will have a dual-core CPU which could be the Samsung Orion chip, which will make it incredibly powerful if true.

DrDark

November 16, 2010, 7:11 pm

@Andy 17: Hmm, possibly. It was a friend's, not sure if he updated his yet. Samsung always seem to be terrible at mobile software updates anyway.

HarryGlass

November 16, 2010, 9:33 pm

TR trolling on their own site, come on you know perfectly well "disastrous" was out of line and asking for it.





Anyway, I found the whole thing very disappointing. We've been expecting this phone and Gingerbread since early October. And he comes onstage, doesn't show more than a tiny morsel of the phone and the changes that are in Gingerbread and says it'll only be out in the next few weeks. The gingerbread man is already on their lawn, what's the delay, there must be some showcasing problems for them to still be "baking". It shakes my faith in Google a little that they don't provide a roadmap or any kind of release schedule. Sometimes I think (like gmail of old) Android should still have a 'beta' tag under the logo...





(Note: I have the Samsung Galaxy S and I like it a lot, but I just think both Goog & Samsung could be doing more to inspire confidence in their product).

MrGodfrey

November 17, 2010, 2:04 am

HK: I agree Google and Samsung could be doing more to inspire confidence in their product. Like supporting and improving Android and the Galaxy respectively, rather than telling us to go and buy a virtually identical "replacement" for the Galaxy just because nearly 6 months have passed... but I know that's asking too much...

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