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Nexus S, everyone’s favorite NFC device is at last coming to the AT&T network. The device will be available on July 24th 2011 and you can pre order one for yourself through the web. The beautiful Nexus S is available at an amazing price of $99 with 2 years contract and it’s also available at $529 without contract. It is available through Best Buy.

The Nexus S is optimized for AT&T’s network and it runs on Android platform version 2.3. It is designed with Samsung’s special Super Amoled touch screen technology which provides a unique viewing experience in addition to an amazing touch experience. It is supported with 1 GHz processor which is included with rich 3d graphics and good upload or download speed. As the Nexus S was designed with alot of input from Google users will be able to get latest android updates first. The device is designed with a powerful 5 Megapixel camera at the back and a VGA front facing camera for video chats.
Nexus S is powerful 3G phone and it has a good standby time and talk time. You can view full specs of the Nexus S

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One of the latest technologies announced by Google is the Near Field Communication (long for NFC), which is a short-range wireless data exchange between devices. Available only on the newest Android smart phone, the Nexus S made by Samsung, NFC is a technology, which promises a lot.

The Nexus S has a chip implemented in the motherboard, which can store all sort of information regarding credit and debit card, networking contact storage or PINs. The process is similar with the price tags scanning devices you will find in stores. Besides ordinary functions, such as data sharing between users or launching phone calls, you can use your smart phone as a payment tool also. Because is a relatively new technology, Android established a payment limit which you can use to buy goods, at 25 US dollars. However, once the system will be stable the benefits of such a technology will be huge.

Imagine a smart phone that can replace your wallet or credit cards, and with whom you will be able to buy any product at any price. In addition, NFC technology will be more secure in case something goes wrong with your device. Thanks to the ability of using a GPS tracking software on your Android phone you will feel safer to know that whoever steals your phone will not be able to use your personal information. NFC works from a small distance, no longer than four inches, in order to prevent accidental access to your smart phone. So, NFC is a real good technology to adapt to.

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By now you have all heard of the latest smartphone from the Google and Samsung partnership – The Nexus S. It will be one of the major players with regards smartphones in 2011 and has some high spec advanced features. It’s definitely a phone to put on your wish list if you are looking for a high end Android device or iphone for that matter, it ticks a lot of boxes with the new gingerbread version of Android (2.3) But where to get it, thats the question…?

So far we have heard Vodafone will be selling the Nexus S on their network, the previous Nexus was only available online through a Google phone store but Google this time have decided to go the more traditional route to market.

Carphone Warehouse have announced they will be offering the Nexus S on vodafone contract in the UK and Ireland but did not give an exact date, saying only that it will be soon… how soon that is, time will tell. Vodafone are said to be the exclusive carrier, it will be interesting to see the price point it comes out at compared to the iPhone.

If you cant wait and are willing to fork out the extra for a SIM free version take a look at expansys.ie they are offering the phone sim free and are available now.

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Some days ago Google presented their new mobile phone – Nexus S, and the new version of Android – 2.3 Gingerbread. At the same time, the technological giant presented a new version of Google Maps, but that was somehow neglected by most people as the noise was about Gingerbread and Nexus S. There are many changes and the most important and significant one is the lack of the annoying tiles.

Google Maps 5 offers a completely new approach in the way it represents the data to the end user. Instead of using the tile images, which caused sometimes a frustrating delay in loading and displaying them, Google has decided to use vectors. Everything is represented by vectors, thus the load time is almost equal to 0 and the user can browse around the maps quickly and easily. With the use of the vectors, some pretty good features have been added. Multitouch control is now present – rotate or tilt the map, sliding 2 fingers up and down the screen and the well-known 3D buildings will emerge from the flat image, giving you more clear image of the region.

Google Maps 5 was presented by Andy Rubin some days ago on a prototype tablet from Motorola and he said that we can expect Google Maps 5 in the market in a couple of days. So far so good, but here comes the bad news – the new version of Google Maps will be supported only by several mobile phones so far:

  • Galaxy S
  • Droid
  • Droid X
  • Droid 2
  • Droid Incredible
  • Evo
  • Nexus S
  • G2

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During the last several months there were numerous rumors, leaked pictures, speculations about the manufacturer and the specifications of the new Google phone – Nexus S. Yesterday during the presentation of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Google showed and made official their new handset as well – Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung. The choice of the manufacturer is not a surprise taking into account the big success of Samsung Galaxy handset family and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Working together, Google and Samsung has managed to create the best Android smartphone on the market so far, being the only one running the latest version of Android – 2.3 a.k.a. Gingerbread. The shape of the device is nice and sleek with curved edges and unique slightly curved display for best user experience. At the bottom part of Nexus S one could find the common Android key, this time in the form of touch-sensitive buttons – Home, Menu, Back and Search. Behind the cover you could find a 1GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, connectivity for GSM/EDGE networks, gyroscope sensor for gaming, a 5MP back camera and a VGA front-facing one both with autofocus, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, 16GB internal memory and a 1500mAh battery. The device also is the first one to feature a NFC (Near Field Communications) chip that will enable you to pay bills and other upcoming features via your mobile phone.

The device comes preloaded with all the Google services like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Search, Voice Actions, Google Voice and the YouTube application. Google Nexus S will be available for purchase in online stores and on the shelves starting from December 16, but the price is yet unknown.

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After a long wait, endless rumors and leaked screenshots and specifications, the Gingerbread is finally out for the holidays. Yesterday Google officially introduced their new version of the Android OS together with their new mobile phone, manufactured by Samsung – Nexus S. We will go through the major changes, but they are not so much from a user perspective. Most of the changes are internal – optimizations and more new features for the developers (I, as a developer, am pretty happy about this).

The first and most noticeable thing is the new look of the default UI of Android. The whole OS is in darker colors and shades and sharper edges, but yet – keeping it all simple and clean. Making things simpler in the code itself, Google has managed to cut down the CPU load, which will reflect on the battery life as well.

The other changes are in the text input and editing – Google has changed a bit the shapes and positions of the buttons so that the text input is quicker and more accurate. Additionally, there is an ability to correct the words from the built-in dictionary suggestions. In order to make the text selection and editing easier, implementing a one-touch word selection and one-touch copy to the clipboard. If you press on a word, you will see 2 arrows – dragging them will allow you quickly and easily to select text.

Another helpful improvement, especially for the average user, who is used to task killer applications and battery life savers, is the improved power management. Gingerbread takes much more active role in the application management, monitoring the applications running in background, which take too much CPU power and time, and shut them down if necessary. A shortcut to Manage Applications is also added to the Options Menu in the Home Screen.

Among the game programming enhancements we could mark:

  • Native input and sensor events
  • Gyroscope and other new sensors, for improved 3D motion processing
  • Open API for native audio
  • Native graphics management
  • Native access to Activity lifecycle, window management
  • Native access to assets, storage
  • Robust native development environment

In addition, there are almost twice more locales – 57, available than in Android 2.2 FroYo. There are many other changes like support for different media formats and changes in the Linux Kernel version. For the full list please read the official press release from Google.

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