Now that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is official, when are we going to get the new smartphone that launches it? After Froyo first landed on the Nexus One, and the Nexus S arrived with Gingerbread, won’t we need a new Google phone to serve as the template all other Ice Cream Sandwich devices look to for inspiration, running clean Android with no extra UI enhancements? Well, Google isn’t ready to announce the Nexus 3 quite yet, not confirm that it would be an ICS launch phone, but the company is thinking long and hard about it, with Andy Rubin commenting at Google I/O that [...]
If you step into the mobile section of your local Best Buy, you’re likely to see a 6′Nexus S on display which was originally used to promote the exclusivity of the Nexus S launch back in December of last year. What’s super neat is that the unit actually works, meaning you can take your fingers and manipulate objects on the screen; it even has web access, albeit a bit slow. Someone sent a video to Phandroid showing one such Nexus S model after he rooted it. He proves it by showing the icon for Superuser, then he runs a terminal emulator. Now how about installing a [...]
The Samsung-made Google Nexus S is the Google phone of the moment offering the best Android experience. It is available on AT&T, T-Mobile and the Nexus S 4G is on Sprint. Fancy this phone on any of these carriers? Best Buy has got you covered!
You can get a Google Nexus S for free on either carrier if you grab it taking advantage of Best Buy’s one-day sale. The offer is valid for both a new phone or an upgrade purchase with two year activation and it ends on August 3, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Head over to a Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile specialty store to get your free Nexus S [...]
Ever since the Google Nexus S for AT&T appeared on Samsung’s website, future owners were counting the days until the Google-phone made it to the shelves and Mountain View confirmed the Samsung device for this week, as a Best Buy exclusive.
If you’re into the unaltered Android experience and AT&T is the carrier of your choice, you can now grab the Samsung-made Google Nexus S from Best Buy. It has full support for AT&T’s frequencies and will cost $99.99 with new two-year contract. If you prefer to have the phone only and not sign a commitment [...]
While Google fans in the States have a choice between the Nexus S on T-Mobile or the Nexus S 4G on Sprint WiMAX, there hasn’t yet been a good way to get set-up with the smartphone on AT&T. Sure, Canada has the Nexus S with the right bands for use on AT&T down here, but that would see you paying full retail price and missing-out on any subsidies. That’s all about to change, with Google announcing that an AT&T version of the Nexus S is about to become available at Best Buy stores.
Pre-sales of the flagship Gingerbread model start today, with the [...]
With Google Wallet rolling-out this summer, many of us with NFC-equipped Androids are about to get our first taste of using NFC to conduct mobile transactions. Google won’t be the only game in town, and today we learned it will have a new competitor in the form of PayPal, which revealed its plans to release its own NFC payment app in late summer.
The way the system will work, you type in the amount of money you’d like to be paid, then tap NFC-enabled phones with the person you’re requesting the money from. They’ll see a notification of the request pop-up [...]
Back at the end of May, we saw a leaked picture claiming to be a prototype for the next Nexus smartphone (later revealed as a fake), accompanied by the rumor that Google was looking for a new manufacturer for the device. As you know, HTC made the Nexus One, and Samsung the Nexus S. We heard that the third Nexus could be either another HTC handset, or possibly one from LG. Now it looks like it could be Samsung again, with a tweet from Samsung’s division in Romania apparently confirming its intent to manufacture the next Nexus device.
The company responded to a tweet about [...]
Earlier this year Apple considered that Samsung is ripping it off by copying its iPhone design and applying it to a couple of its own smartphones. Cupertino claimed to take a look at Samsung’s upcoming models and the Korean company instantly responded demanding the same, plus adding in a couple of patents to raise the stakes.
If the original complaint referred to designs of the Samsung Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Indulge, Mesmerize, Showcase, Fascinate, Nexus S, Gem, Transform, Intercept, and Acclaim smartphones, Apple has amended it to add an [...]
There are several options for setting up video chats on a smartphone now, but if you want something cross-platform that supports more than two parties per call, you’ll be checking out Fring. The app introduced four-way video chat in an update this past April. A new version of its Android release, available as of today, makes several changes, including support for some new phones.
Fring 188.8.131.52 now lets you make video calls with the Samsung Galaxy S II and Droid Charge, T-Mobile’s G2X from LG, and the Nexus S when running last month’s Android 2.3.4 release. Even [...]
With Google’s recent announcement of Google Wallet and other fun goodies using NFC, they got our collective hope up — only for us to realize that owners of the Nexus S and new phones with NFC built in will be able to take advantage of all the NFC fun, and not the rest of us.
To get around that a Chinese company called Netcom (no relation to the Norwegian carrier with the same name) has put together a microsd card with NFC built in. Much like the EyeFi card (which combines Wi-Fi and flash storage), this card will combine an NFC chip and antenna with a flash memory [...]
A leaked picture, purporting to be Google’s next Nexus smartphone, has surfaced, showing off a design that lacks the familiar Android buttons.
According to the source, supposedly a Google employee on the Android development team, Google is considering both HTC and LG manufacturing this Nexus 3. Whatever they decide on, the phone would be targeted for a December release, along with Android Ice Cream Sandwich itself.
While the picture he was able to snap doesn’t give us much to go on, it shows the absence of the Android navigation buttons we’re used to. [...]
Near Field Communications could finally be about to find its killer app, as today Google has revealed details of its NFC-based payment program, Google Wallet, along with deal-finder Google Offers.
Earlier this week we heard that Google and Sprint were planning to announce their NFC-payment venture today. Sure enough, not only is Sprint involved, but Google’s partnered-up with MasterCard and Citibank, as well. This is no exclusive club, though, as Google Wallet will be an open platform, with other carriers and financial institutions invited to join in.
To use Google [...]
Samsung appears to be preparing its website for the US release of its two-toned, AT&T-compatible Google Nexus S, although it’s still unclear if this will be available directly from AT&T — like the Sprint Nexus S 4G — or strictly from third party retailers, as is the case with the T-Mobile-flavored Nexus.
Categorized as “pearly white” despite maintaining the black version’s dark face — a la AT&T’s white HP Veer — this version of the Nexus S goes by the model number GT-I9020A instead of SGH-Ixx7 as would be [...]
Earlier this week, Samsung sent out invitations to a press event it’s got planned for tomorrow afternoon. We’ve yet to learn just what it has up its sleeves for that one, and now it’s already sending out invites to its next one, scheduled for Tuesday, May 24.
Unlike tomorrow’s event, which Samsung has revealed will be a joint venture with AT&T, there’s not any carrier attached to Samsung’s shindig later this month. We’d been thinking that this week’s announcement may have something to do with the Galaxy S II, as that’s [...]
RIM launched the new BlackBerry OS 7 platform yesterday with the occasion of launching the brand new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 smartphone variants that are bringing the platform refresh to the world. At that time of the presentation, RIM claimed that the browser on BlackBerry OS 7 is able to outperform both Apple’s Safari on iPhone’s iOS and Google’s Android browser.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 was compared in terms of browsing to the iPhone 4, Nexus One and Nexus S and the numbers are rather interesting. RIM claims 1.6 times faster page loading than on BlackBerry [...]
Earlier today Google teased us with an announcement of a “surprise” coming later today. Some speculated the tweet was simply an announcement that the Sprint/Google Voice integration had been completed.
A few hours passed and they announced Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 was being released, bringing bug fixes to the Nexus One and audio/video chat to the Nexus S. This, however, wasn’t the “surprise” they’d mentioned in their tweets.
The big “surprise” turns out to be a “Twitter Puzzle contest” which will give [...]
Just hours ago Google announced Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with some Nexus S fixes and the big news: video chat support. At the time, the company stated that the update would “gradually roll out to Nexus S devices in the next few weeks”, but you may not even have to wait that long. Jean-Baptiste Queru, Android Software Engineer with Google, has uploaded Android 2.3.4, build GRJ22, to the Android Open-Source Project.
Besides the source code, Queru has uploaded the proprietary binary files for the Nexus S, meaning it shouldn’t be long at all before some Android [...]
Earlier today Google teased us with the promise of a “surprise” coming to the Nexus S. A few hours later they announced that Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 would be distributed over-the-air over the “next few weeks”.
Included in the .4 revision to Gingerbread are various bug fixes for the Nexus One and video chat for the Google Talk app on the Nexus S. This is a major milestone as it will theoretically bridge the gap between desktop and mobile video chatting!
What’s more, they say that’s not even their big [...]
We may take it for granted that smartphones share certain aspects of their appearance and functionality, but the companies behind these products don’t always see these similarities as the organic result of smartphone evolution. Having icons on a home screen that you tap to launch apps, for instance, may seem like something inherent to smartphones as a whole when it’s you who’s considering it, but to these companies, it can represent half a dozen patents held by disparate entities, all enforceable and actionable upon if illicitly copied. It’s this sort of bashing [...]
Thanks to the Bluetooth SIG, we’ve seen the Samsung GT-I9020A appear before, which would a version of the Nexus S that could do 3G on AT&T with the UMTS 850/1900 bands. Lending further credence to this story, this particular device now has a dedicated page on Samsung’s website. The page’s URL and title both clearly show the I9020A model number, and there’s also a mention of the AT&T network within the page. We expect the Nexus S for AT&T to be on sale as an unlocked device, much like was the situation for the Nexus One for AT&T, which was [...]
When we heard that Google was planning to release a Nexus S for the Canadian market, we took note that the hardware would allow you to use it on AT&T’s 3G network in the States. In addition to the original’s T-Mobile support, and the upcoming 4G version on Sprint, the flagship Gingerbread phone would soon have even more choices for wireless service. Rumor is, that Nexus S should be coming to Canada on April 14, but you may be able to get your hands on one early, as e-tailer Negri Electronics has started sales on the Nexus S i9020T, sporting both the new 3G bands as [...]
According to sources within the Canadian wireless industry, Google’s Nexus S should be about to make its debut on the country’s networks, launching on April 14.
MobileSyrup reports that it’s received confirmation from sources within several carriers that all are planning on an April 14 arrival for the Nexus S. Prices aren’t yet available, but you shouldn’t expect much of a difference form the US structure, except with the inclusion of three-year service agreements.
The interesting bit about this launch is that it would mark the availability [...]
We’ve been expecting Google to come up with some sort of payment system based around NFC devices for months now. The technology is built right in to the Nexus S, the company’s been advertising for available jobs that seem tailor-fit for overseeing NFC payments, but so far nothing concrete has materialized. Today the Wall Street Journal has revealed that plans are in the works between Google, MasterCard, and Citigroup, suggesting that NFC payments are well on their way to becoming a reality.
The arrangement with both MasterCard and Citigroup would let Google process [...]