Samsung Nexus S is World's First Android 2.3 Smartphone

Paul Lilly

Here it is folks, the world's first mobile phone built around Google's Android 2.3 platform, otherwise known as "Gingerbread." It's called the "Nexus S," which Samsung and Google were all to happy to announce today.

"Samsung was thrilled to work with Google to create the first device featuring the much anticipated Android 2.3 OS," said Omar Khan, chief strategy offcer of Samsung Telecommunications America. "Nexus S is powerful proof of Samsung and Google's commitment to bringing technology firsts to market and launching products that utilize the open and innovative Android operating system. Nexus S integrates Samsun's best-in-class hardware and technology with the exciting new features and upgrades of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give consumers a breakthrough smartphone experience."

In addition to Gingerbread, there's a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor baked inside the Nexus S, along with 16GB of iNAND memory, a 5MP camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED (800x480) touchscreen display.

One of the much ballyhooed features of Android 2.3 is support for Near Field Communication (NFC), with allows users to read information off of everyday objects like stickers and posters that are embedded with NFC chips. Gingerbread also brings to the table an improved keyboard with multi-touch support, Internet calling, and a streamlined interface.

Samsung says you can purchase an unlocked Nexus S online and in-store from Best Buy starting December 16 and at Carphone Warehouse retailers in the U.K. after December 20. No word on price.

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