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Google Tries Unlocked Again With Nexus S

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is once again trying to push an unlocked GSM handset onto the market with its newly unveiled Nexus S Android smartphone, built by Samsung Corp. , despite the relative failure of this strategy with the initial Nexus One.

Google says that the Nexus S "will be unlocked by default" and work with any GSM carrier. It will go on sale for $529 with no contract at Best Buy this month. Longtime Android backer T-Mobile US Inc. will sell the phone on a contract for $199.

Features of the device include:

  • The newest release of the Android operating system, version 2.3, called Gingerbread
  • A Near Field Communications (NFC) sensor, so the phone can wirelessly scan tags and online bar codes
  • A 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and graphics co-processor, and 16GB of memory
  • A revamped user interface
  • A four-inch display
  • Five-megapixel cameras front and back

See a video from Google explaining how it sees the Nexus S as a way to get consumers the latest Android updates fast:



Why this matters
The Nexus S shows that Google hasn't given up on what it calls "open and unlocked" phones in the US market and beyond, despite its failure to sell vast amounts of its Nexus One phone online, amidst some user claims of poor customer support for the phone and a general lack of carrier support for the device. The difference this time is that Google has elected to start selling the unlocked Nexus S through retailers -- Best Buy in the US and Carphone Warehouse in the UK -- rather than go it alone online.

For more
Read up on Google's Nexus strategy below:

  • Google Store Reopens
  • Android’s 5 Flavors of Fragmentation
  • Google Nixes Nexus Web Sales
  • Parsing Google's Mobile Openness
  • Google Introduces 'Nexus One' Phone

    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

  • melao2 12/5/2012 | 4:16:34 PM
    re: Google Tries Unlocked Again With Nexus S

    I definetly would recommend buying this phone instead of any other android.


    The reason is simply software, the Nexus One and Nexus S will have earlier Android updates, and stock Android.


    I have a Galaxy S, and I am former iPhone user.


    The android platform is much more appealing to me than ios. But the problem is that depending on which phone you choose, you will get delayed on software updates.


    For example, my phone still has Android 2.1, since samsung has not released the 2.2 update in my country.

    joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:16:33 PM
    re: Google Tries Unlocked Again With Nexus S

    Yeah


     


    Shame the phone only supports HSPA 7.2 3G, was looking for HSPA+, that would make it a dynamite device.


     


     

    joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:16:33 PM
    re: Google Tries Unlocked Again With Nexus S

    Yeah


     


    Shame the phone only supports HSPA 7.2 3G, was looking for HSPA+, that would make it a dynamite device.


     


     

    melao2 12/5/2012 | 4:16:10 PM
    re: Google Tries Unlocked Again With Nexus S

    As I said:




    http://www.engadget.com/2010/1...




    Samsung is really bad at software upgrades. At least with the Nexus Phones, you will get it.


    melao2 12/5/2012 | 4:16:10 PM
    re: Google Tries Unlocked Again With Nexus S

    As I said:


     


    http://www.engadget.com/2010/1...


     


    Samsung is really bad at software upgrades. At least with the Nexus Phones, you will get it.

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