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.