Google unveils new smartphone

By JKarlos Villegas
The Mindoro Post

Search giant Google has unveiled its second smartphone, Nexus S, an Android phone it co-developed with Samsung.

“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,” Google said on its official blog.

“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 announced Monday (Tuesday in the Philippines).

“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,” it said.

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.

“We co-developed this product with Samsung—ensuring tight integration of hardware and software to highlight the latest advancements of the Android platform,” said Google.

At the same time, it said 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.”

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.

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.

“The volume and variety of Android devices continues to surpass our wildest expectations—but we’re not slowing down,” Google said.

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