Posts tagged with: Nexus S

[Full Google Nexus S Review] The Google Nexus S is an Android 2.3 smartphone. The Nexus S is the first Android device to hit the market with the Gingerbread version of Android. Inside it's packing a Qualcomm Hummingbird 1GHz CPU, coupled with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM. It is also the first phone to include a Near Field Communications chip. The bright screen uses Super AMOLED technology and is 4" and WVGA 800x480 resolution. Read on for the latest Nexus S news, reviews, and videos:

  • by | February 3, 2014 3:02 PM

    Nexus has been a big name in the news again recently, but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, there's the small matter of all those red Nexus 5 rumors alongside whispers of a device some are calling the Nexus 8. And then there's the impending Nexus-themed giveaway we're about to drop on the world - the one so secret we're not even linking to it yet (this little sneak preview is your reward for clicking on this story; you're welcome). Rather, the principal reason the Nexus name has made a return to the front page is a tweet from noted leaker Eldar Murtazin, who dropped this ...

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  • by | February 13, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent improvements to the Google Now service for current Jelly Bean users. Then we talk Nokia, and the sad news that all the recent tablet rumors were pretty much just a good thing to dream about. Then we move to LG as they've just confirmed that their Optimus G Pro is going to show Samsung just how well the Galaxy Note II can be copied. Wireless charging is next as Michael Fisher walks us through the way to get it on your Galaxy S III today. We end today's show talking about Motorola's X Phone, and how Google in contributing in ...

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  • by | January 29, 2013 2:36 PM

    If your phone or tablet is in Google's Nexus family you can quickly and easily restore your device to the latest, stock image. If you've already applied a custom ROM and don't want it anymore, want to force an update to the lastest version of Android, or even convert your YAKJUxx Galaxy Nexus to a TAKJU or YAKJU version for faster OTA updates, this is how you do it. Before we get started, following these instructions will wipe what's on your device, and anytime we talk about flashing there's a risk (albeit slight) that your device may never wake up again. Proceed at your own risk. Next, ...

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  • by | December 4, 2012 7:41 AM

    The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is one of the newest Amazon tablets and in case you missed our unboxing you should watch it right now, especially the software parts, because the ROM from this tablet has been ported to the Samsung Nexus S. We've seen ports left and right but this Kindle Fire HD 8.9 port is among the select few Amazon-made ROMs to run on another device. Expect a lot of unstable operation and bugs but if you have to check it out, and you know you do, you should know that it boots just fine, if you do you it right. However, the camera doesn't work (since there's none on the Kindle ...

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  • by | November 13, 2012 3:48 PM

    As you're probably well aware by now, Android 4.2 has hit the Android Open Source Project, and we're seeing the availability of updates for a number of Nexus-series devices. For most of them, you can check out our how-to guide for help getting started with your upgrade, but not everyone will be making the move. For some models, like the brand new 3G Nexus 7, support for Android 4.2 will be forthcoming, but issues with drivers prevent Google from releasing the software right now. In other cases, though, this could mark the permanent end of ongoing Android support. In announcing all the ...

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  • by | October 1, 2012 11:06 AM

    A few days ago Michael wrote an article about how how Samsung is ruining the Galaxy brand. There's no question that Samsung has some very high-end, well-built phones that carry the "Galaxy" moniker. There are also some "Galaxy" devices that don't serve to build up the Galaxy brand, instead they're trying to ride the wave of popularity that the "good" Galaxy devices have built up over time. The Galaxy Camera, really Samsung? This got me thinking about the other forefront Android brand, Google's own Nexus. What is a "Nexus"? Just what is a "Nexus"? According to Dictionary.com, "Nexus" is a ...

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  • by | August 27, 2012 2:17 AM

    Reducing costs seems to be among the top items on to-do lists these days and NASA is no exception either. The agency's latest project, dubbed PhoneSat, is aiming towards building and launching the "lowest-cost and easiest to build satellites ever flown in space". We've seen Android being used officially in some instances before (Army tryouts and other Government-related tests alongside private corporate adoption) but this time the little green robot will go into space. PhoneSat 1 will be powered by a Google Nexus One (first gen, HTC-built), and its main purpose will be to send pictures ...

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  • by | July 28, 2012 2:23 AM

    Factory images are those files which can save your device should you run into trouble. After all, these are Nexus devices, and power users will likely be flashing all sorts of custom ROMs. You can use factory images to restore your Nexus device's original factory firmware. Following the source link below you will be able to grab the Jelly Bean factory images for the Samsung-made Google Nexus S (soju and sojua versions), Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus (yakju and takju variants) and the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 tablet (nakasi). Sadly, they're not available for the Korean (sojuk), Sprint ...

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  • by | July 20, 2012 5:39 PM

    When Google introduces a new Nexus-series device, we know we'll have a fresh Android revision to play with, along with all the new features and improvements that arrive with such a release, but that's only a part of what makes Nexus models so captivating. Google's been taking full advantage of the high-profile spot these devices take to draw attention to new hardware, which we often see subsequently adopted by manufacturers all across the Android spectrum. You can call it Google leading the direction the market's heading, or just acting as inspiration, but there's no doubt that its Nexus ...

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  • by | July 20, 2012 2:59 AM

    The Samsung-made Google Nexus S was kind of late to officially join the Ice Cream Sandwich party but we're glad to see Google learning from their mistakes and bringing the latest iteration of Android to the phone quicker. Some owners of the Nexus S should see an OTA update notification for Android 4.1.1. According to reports, i9023 variants of the phone should be able to upgrade and there's even a link for the file on Google's servers. It also appears that i9020T flavors can also use the refresh. However, if you want to be on the safe side, just wait for the update notification to land on ...

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  • by | May 3, 2012 11:15 AM

    Google Wallet is Google's payment processing system. There's an online version and an Android app that runs on certain phones with specific hardware and lets you use your smartphone like a credit card. In the past we've described Google Wallet as "the coolest app that you can't have" because it's been limited to a very few phones on only a couple carriers. What have been the problems? First of all, your phone has to have an NFC chip and a "secure element". Today, not many phones have the necessary hardware, and ironically, some phones have the hardware built-in, but it's sitting dormant. ...

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  • by | April 30, 2012 1:35 PM

    With the NFC-enabled Google Wallet app arriving on more devices, more phones coming with NFC, and batteries not getting any bigger, is is safe to upgrade your battery? Given the fact that batteries in these phones have a message on them that indicate they include NFC inside the battery itself, can you you simply swap your battery? Will doing so make Google Wallet stop working? How does all this magical NFC stuff work, anyway? We'll answer that, and more, in today's episode of the Android Guy Weekly! What is NFC? NFC, or Near Field Communication, is essentially just another transceiver ...

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  • by | April 24, 2012 11:06 AM

    As the past generation of Android smartphones ever-so-slowly starts receiving updates to bring them forward to Ice Cream Sandwich, we've heard plenty of promises from both manufacturers and carriers about which devices would end up making the Android 4.0 cut, and which would be left behind. Today we've got some updated info on the manufacturer side of things, with Samsung publishing a carrier-by-carrier breakdown of which models would be seeing ICS updates in the States. Since we've already heard commentary about many of these models and their prospects for ICS before, this document isn't ...

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  • by | April 3, 2012 2:30 PM

    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was first released on Google's flagship phone the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Before long updates were rolling out for Google's previous flagship phone, the Nexus S. Unfortunately, things didn't go that great on the Nexus S and Google discontinued the update, leaving many phones with Gingerbread, and others with a somewhat poor ICS experience. All that should be fixed with the latest ICS build: 4.0.4. In this build, which is rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola XOOM devices, screen rotation is improved, the multi-task feature is much faster, and ...

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  • by | March 16, 2012 3:11 AM

    Last year's "pure Android" only saw Ice Cream Sandwich via custom ROMs which could be found luckily for both the S and the S 4G. However, if you were waiting for an official Google treat, you were so far out of luck. According to recent reports, Google is preparing to officially update the Samsung-made Nexus S (and the Nexus S 4G on Sprint) to the latest iteration of Android really soon. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to hit the phones "in the next few weeks" and, given that it's still a rather capable device (and one made by Samsung, just like the Galaxy Nexus), we are wondering what took ...

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