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[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:

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    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 the new Nexus by ...

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    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 additional eleven ...

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    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 3.1.1.1 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 if your smartphone already ...

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    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 card. Sounds great, ...

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    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. ICS, it's claimed, will no longer ...

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    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 Wallet, you'll need to ...

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    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 expected from a Samsung smartphone sold directly through the carrier, so perhaps ...

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    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 the hot new Samsung model of the moment, yet to be introduced to US ...

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    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 OS 6. SunSpider test ...

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    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 participants ten chances to win a Nexus S. "To enter the Contest, visit the Google Nexus ...

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    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 fans compile the code and come ...

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    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 surprise! Source: @googlenexus on Twitter 1,2

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    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 horns over IP rights that's ...

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    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 released almost a year ago, so don't expect a ...

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    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 well as a white color ...

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    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 of a Nexus S with 3G support for AT&T's bands in ...

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    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 credit cards as well as ...

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    Google and Samsung's Nexus S may be about to spread its wings from T-Mobile and get high-speed access to the networks of some other carriers, if the evidence we've come across stands true. An AT&T-compatible Nexus S has been hinted at by the existence of some FCC documents, using the model number GT-I9020A, with that "A" representing AT&T's network. The case for a Sprint version of the Nexus S is a little less solid, but the revelation of a 4G-emblazoned logo for the phone has us rethinking things. Sprint will be hosting an event at CTIA, coming up in just a few days. An Engadget tipster ...

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    We expect Sprint to unveil the Samsung-made Google Nexus S 4G at this week's CTIA -- alongside HTC EVO 3D aka Shooter -- and guess what? Sprint's website slipped the Nexus S 4G but they reacted quickly and pulled the reference. A search brought up the Nexus S 4G, the newest Sprint 4G smartphone, "the first smartphone with fully integrated Google Voice". The Google Nexus S 4G will be equipped with a 4G-capable radio in addition to the specs of the regular Nexus S, which are a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, s512MB of RAM, 16GB storage, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, gyroscope, accelerometer, ...

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    It'll come as no surprise to you that the Sprint Nexus S 4G is basically the Google Nexus S we've already reviewed, but with WiMax. And that's not such a bad thing, because the Nexus S is still a compelling Android phone that has no interface replacement, keeping the phone quick and snappy in terms of day to day operation. As Google likes to say, it's unadulterated Android. It's running with a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU, the Nexus S 4G has 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The camera on the back takes photos at 5MP, and the front-facing camera is good for VGA shots. Look for the ...

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    Update: Adding credence to the rumor of Sprint getting the Nexus S, Sprint has a page located at now.sprint.com/nexus. Spring only puts up these sorts of pages for real device. CTIA is just around the corner, and we'll be there come later this month. Sprint has an event planned where they're likely to unveil some new products, including two new phones, if an Engadget Tipster is to believed. First up we have a WiMax-capable version of the Nexus S, which would be pretty exciting since we really like the Nexus S, and the inclusion of WiMax 4G will make it even better. We saw the Nexus S ...

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    We knew that the Samsung-made Google Nexus S is about to hit Sprint even before the carrier website slipped the information and now it's official as Sprint announces the first pure Google 4G device with Android 2.3 in the U.S. It's coming to Sprint this spring taking advantage of Google Voice integration built into the carrier's Network. The device will be available exclusively from Sprint for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade. Additionally, the Nexus S will require activating one of Sprint's Everything Data plans, plus $10 Premium Data add-on charge for ...

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    The 2011 CTIA Wireless expo doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow, but today's Pre-Conference has still been an exciting way to ramp up for the event. We've learned a lot today about upcoming smartphones, but more than anything we've seen indications about what's still on the menu for the rest of CTIA. Take a look at what we've come across so far, and what we're still waiting to see: Sprint announced its WiMAX-enabled Nexus S this morning, already up for pre-orders with its retail partner Best Buy. Besides the 4G support, there's nothing changed from its 3G T-Mobile cousin, but why ...

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    While we wait for Sprint's WiMAX-powered Nexus S 4G to arrive, there's still plenty of life left in the original T-Mobile 3G-only incarnation of Google's flagship Gingerbread phone. Android enthusiasts continue to pump out interesting tweaks for the phone, this time addressing the lack of LEDs on the Nexus S to act as notifications with the Honity14 kernel. Support for backlight notifications - BLN - lets you use the illumination for the Android touchkeys in the place of stand-alone LEDs. You can manually assign how you'd like the lights to behave, tied to which notifications. The free BLN ...

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    If web-surfing is one of the tasks that you frequently carry out on your smartphone you might be interested to know that, according to a recent study, Android surfs faster than iPhone. Apple's iPhone was slower at loading websites 84% percent of the time, compared to Google's Android OS. In the series of tests, the iPhone 4 was put head-to-head against the Nexus S over both Wi-Fi and 3G connections. Loading more than 45,000 pages from 1,000 websites, Android was "52 percent faster on average", according Blaze Software Inc., who carried out the study. "Users don't always notice the speed ...

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