Google Annouces Nexus S and Android 2.3 Release

December 7, 2010

3:07 am

Google has just announced the latest version of the Android platform, dubbed ‘Gingerbread’, and introduced the lead device to power it: the Nexus S.  Co-developed with Samsung, Nexus S boasts the fastest version of Android to date, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory,  Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, and a slew of other nifty features.  The announcement also included news for developers: the Gingerbread SDK/NDK is now available as well.

Google Nexus S will hit Best Buy’s shelves at $529 for an unlocked version and at a lower $199 with a 2 year T-Mobile voice and data plan contract.

The smart phone and/or PR gods smiled on Google, as the Nexus S release coincides with news that Consumer Reports readers ranked AT&T the worst cell phone carrier in the US.  Regarding the iPhone’s carrier, the survey states,

Reflecting all versions of the phone, (the study) found that iPhone owners were much less satisfied with their carrier and rated data service (Web and e-mail) lower than owners of smart phones on other carriers that, like the iPhone, have a host of apps to encourage heavy data use.

The Nexus S will be available online and at Best Buy on December 16th.

If you are in the mood to become slightly dizzy, here’s the promo video:

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Marla Shaivitz is a writer, developer and digital marketer. She's interested in innovations & innovators in technology and those working toward social good. Follow Marla on Twitter at @marlashaivitz.

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