By Stephen Schenck | December 23, 2010 6:25 PM
You normally think of smartphone manufacturers as designing devices that are as compact as can be, making allowances only for screen size and the occasional hardware keyboard. Google must not have gotten that memo, as it’s put together a giant-sized, fully-working version of the Nexus S.
The gargantuan Nexus S is set up at a Best Buy store in California, featuring a 42-inch display instead of the 4-inch version you’d find on the actual handset. Outfitted with a touchscreen interface, the XL Nexus S is just as usable and responsive as ever.
What’s most impressive about the setup is that there’s no massive hardware driving the oversized phone. Instead, Google’s hacked the video output from a regular Nexus S to drive the display on its big brother.
Right now there’s just the one giant Nexus S in existence. If you’re in the San Carlos area you can check it out for yourself, but the rest of us can look forward to the possibility of Google crafting some more of these for placement in other Best Buys across the country; it will depend on the response it gets to this first one.
While this one’s just an advertising tool, what do you think about the possibilities for real-world use of Android on a screen this size? Android-powered devices are starting to make their way into the living room, so you may get the chance to try something like this out for yourself (albeit with a UI expressly created for a display this big) in the near future.