Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread

Monday, December 6, 2010 | 8:04 AM

The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008. Just over two years later, Android’s vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices. Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide. The volume and variety of Android devices continues to surpass our wildest expectations—but we’re not slowing down.

Today, we’re pleased to introduce the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, and unveil the next Android device from the Nexus line of mobile products—Nexus S. And for developers, the Gingerbread SDK/NDK is now available as well.

Nexus S is the lead device for the Gingerbread/Android 2.3 release; it’s the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform. We co-developed this product with Samsung—ensuring tight integration of hardware and software to highlight the latest advancements of the Android platform. As part of the Nexus brand, Nexus S delivers what we call a “pure Google” experience: unlocked, unfiltered access to the best Google mobile services and the latest and greatest Android releases and updates.

Take a look at our backstory video for more on the vision behind this product and to understand why we think “a thousand heads are better than one”:



Nexus S is the first smartphone to feature a 4” Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. It also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in all kinds of everyday objects like movie posters, stickers and t-shirts.

Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support.

Here’s a glimpse of the “magic” of Google on Nexus S:



You can find more Nexus S videos and information at google.com/nexus or follow @GoogleNexus on Twitter for the latest updates. After December 16, Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan) online and in-store from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and after December 20 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers in the U.K.

We’ll be open-sourcing Gingerbread in the coming weeks and look forward to new contributions from the Android ecosystem in the months ahead.

48 comments:

Andrea said...

great great smartphone! and what about upgrade 2.3 for nexus 1?

Lucas said...

Yes, please don't forget the poor little brother Nexus One.
Really hungry and desperate for the new bread..

oOLucasleepOo

Vinod said...

Great going Google.

Glad that I bought a Galaxy S :)
Hope Gingerbread heads to Galaxy S too.

Desumoyo said...

What about the fucking SIP in 3G with 2.3 ?

Kevin said...

When will I be able to use this on ATT with 3G speeds?

Rhiz3K* said...

I am waiting 2 months for new epic nexus phone and it will not have dual core processor? What a disappointment... ;-(((

Luis César said...

When will be available in Mexico?

Dextroz said...

What about AT&T? Where's the openness with that? Seriously? Do something 'revolutionary' like you almost did with the nexus one.

Martin said...

Looks greeeat!

Oma said...

Does it finally has a fm-transmitter ?? (so I can listen mp3's on every (car-)radio)..
And does it has a very good mp3 player with can do long podcast's Fast-Forward or Fast-Backward really fast and remember the position when I swap (podcast-)mp3's ?? ..

Hassan said...

great smartphone
thank you google

Pepe said...

This is my next smartphone, thank you Google!

Massimo Sgrelli said...

What about the Italian market? Can we hope to get the phone by Christmas?

BTW, awesome job guys.
Massimo

niket said...

Its good that you are releasing new versions but what about the phones that are still running on older versions. not much is being done to create applications to run on 1.5 and 1.6. let me tell you android phones are costly phones so dont expect people to buy a new phone every time a new OS version is released. Either help us by asking phone makers to update the OS version or come up with the same apps what you offer to eclair,froyo and now gingerbread. Not all phones are running eclair, froyo most of us are still running donuts .. please don't forget us ..

beautiful_life said...

gingerbread ahoy!
waiting for it :)

John Bradshaw said...

I'm an avid iOS user but I'm all for competition so I hope this phone does well. :)

(btw. horrible song)

Ryan said...

Great 2.3 is now being released and i have a 2 month old HTC Wildfire which hasn't had its 2.2 update yet, brilliant!! I think getting phones onto the latest software should be a priority over releasing new updates, i guess this means I'm not going to get 2.2, and I'm stuck with 2.1 until my contract ends in 22 Months!! :@

勇樹 said...

i am japanese.
i hope to use it in my country.

Eugene said...

Missing Dual-Core and 4G capabilities is a bit of a washout.

Thats my 2cents

Harold Fowler said...

Hmm, dont think I will be rusing to trade in my jail broken iPhone 4 jsut yet :)

www.privacy-resources.edu.tc

alzakx said...

I was all rattled up thinking that current AT&T / Nexus One users will have to "stick with it". But then I realized that there must be an AT&T version coming out soon. They did the same when they launched the Nexus One. Besides, developers all over the world need a device to test their apps, and not all carriers around the world run on Tmo 3G bands. That would be just stupid. Relax, there will be an NS for AT&T.

Ahmad said...

Hi,
do you know why https://m.google.com/syncml goes to a 404 Page Not Found?

sorry for unrelated comment.re

DRAGON said...

why google keep doing this with us
y you dont solve the biggest issue

y you did't support arabic is that so hard

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_Mv9fjV6Oq3o/TP0bW_zWlxI/AAAAAAAAEzo/L7oSWCoqjm0/s640/arghgoogle3.jpg


thank you any way and bey bey android for ever

Develop said...

You guys need a better painter. Just look how sloppy the cuts are around the black part of the boxes.

BTW please dont forget Nexus One

NL said...

We want AT&T 3G = TELCEL 3G support pleaseeeee !

Christine said...

Looks too much like a Blackberry!

TyGamer said...

What about Verizon? Looks like your doing the same thing you did with the Nexus1, t-mobile only, where Android be if it wasn't for the Droid? Good product bad distribution. I'm not saying that t-mobile shouldn't get it but spread the love everywhere for best adoption rate.

robert said...

How stupid does Google think we are? Apparently, a lot. The warranty hasn't even run out on my purchased Nexus One yet, the car dock is an unusable bad joke, there are glaring omissions in the user interface (inability to zoom the generic pop/imap client), and worst of all, there's no serious support. Now they think I'm going to get all excited about some *new* Google phone? Not hardly....

gael said...

i just wish i could use my n1 in daylight....outside. cant see for shit

Paramendra Bhagat said...

Best phone on the market.

Neste said...

great job, google ... but i've decided to buy gingerbread cookies this time. the great android user experience just sucks.

coolermama said...

Good , when will it be available in HK ??
I Need 5

友基 said...

Does the NFC able to use it in Japan?
We use felica for shopping, to buy ticket for the train, buy pops from vending machine.
I think its kind differ to NFC so i wonder if it can use it in japan or not.

Dan Dascalescu said...

How is this phone "open" if it only supports decent Internet access speeds (3G) on T-Mobile?

What is so hard about making a quad-bang 3G phone? All phones are already quad-band GSM.

Griffin said...

haters gonna hate

alMebWaster said...

How stupid does Google think we are? Apparently, a lot. The warranty hasn't even run out on my purchased Nexus One yet, the car dock is an unusable bad joke, there are glaring omissions in the user interface (inability to zoom the generic pop/imap client),http://mobile-fr.blogspot.com/2010/12/test-google-nexus-s.html . and worst of all, there's no serious support. Now they think I'm going to get all excited about some *new* Google phone? Not hardly....

MacLo said...

Ok, Ok, very beautiful...
But... is possible send me? If i dont try cant tell the right thinking...

Marcinek said...

There will be no updates for older device, like HTC G1, Galaxy I5800 or HTC Magic still 1.5 in Europe!! So ^%%$# too.
I never buy Android now. If oldest devices don't have OS supported.
Bye Bye Guys I probably buy new iphone now, with some updates for the YEAR or two.

leslieannehope said...

I hope you will be making it available in Canada, unlocked, from a Canadian supplier soon.

pcqpig said...

where I first read the post.After reading this post I’m really thinking of going ahead and doing all of them…jade jewelry

jptech said...

Epic fail. What the *%#$ is this? Andro-Berry?

total crap.

Damian Omar Silva said...

you have to show us more about de cell phone and less about feet.
i don't understand your publicity, i need to know (in a video) all nexus s capabilitys.
thanks

Merodeador said...

http://merodeaz.blogspot.com/2010/12/paginas-sobre-android.html

finishim said...

It is said that it uses HSPA service in the following spectrums: 900, 1700 and 2100. AT&T uses HSPA in 850 and 1900 and it is not included. T-Mobile is just deploying HSPA (marketing it as 4G nevertheless), so why would anyone buy this phone, if they are not going to be able to use the phone in fast networks??
Is this the price Google paid to be able to have this phone produced?

Green Love said...

I like the curvature, hard to tell much more about it, except that everyone seems ticked off about their previous phones being obsolete and unable to update to the new OS. This all just makes Apple's closed system seem pretty smart.

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ShemsAdeen said...

ARABIC SUPPORT HELPPPP!!!!

It is very disappointing there is not Native Arabic Language support in this update (Left to Right reading). I know many users who are waiting on pins and needles for native support at each update that comes out and have turned towards rooting and other means.

The Middle East market is one of the strongest and fastest growing smartphone markets in the world with individuals willing to pay double the price for less quality Nokia, Blackberry and iPhone products with Arabic Support. It would be great if you could help in this area!!!!!

jean-christophe said...

Please for god's sake do support arabic natively and RTL writing and reading, this is so frustrating !! THANK YOU !