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
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.
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