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:

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    There are plenty of good reasons to think about employing full-disk encryption on your smartphone. Whether you're protecting business assets from prying eyes, keeping nosy customs agents out of your personal affairs, or trying to keep the plans for your secret Skull Island base on the down-low, encrypting all data on your phone, soup to nuts, can be a smart move. While iPhone and BlackBerry devices offer types of FDE, the same has been hard to come by for Android smartphones. Now an outfit called Whisper Systems has a workable prototype available, a beta version of an FDE system for the ...

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    As more users install the recent Android 2.3.3 update on their Nexus S phones, reports are arriving that some phones are suffering from a yellowish tinge to their displays after completing the update process. It seems that some Nexus S users either aren't being affected, or they just don't recognize that a change has occurred. Users who have noticed that something's off report that in addition to the yellow tint, their screens now seem brighter and feature lower contrast. Some have been able to get the contrast and color issues sorted out, but only be cranking up brightness as high as it ...

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    After months of waiting, Gingerbread is finally spreading beyond its Nexus S roots. While we showed you this morning how to check if your Nexus One is up for the current round of OTA updates, we'd understand if your patience is wearing a bit thin and you just want to get your hands on the darn update, already. Luckily for you, both Nexus One and Nexus S versions of Android 2.3.3 are now available for download, ready to install ahead of OTA availability. Nexus S users likely aren't so anxious to get 2.3.3 installed, so here's the upgrade procedure for the original Nexus One, courtesy of ...

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    Nexus One users have been waiting for an update to Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread since December and it looks like now, more than two months since, they might actually get it, along with Nexus S owners. The company tweeted that the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update has started to roll-out for the two devices and it might take a couple of weeks for the process to spread out. The 2.3.3 refresh fixes some issues with Bluetooth, Graphics, Speech Recognition, Media APIs and NFC (the Nexus One will not benefit from the NFC part). On the other hand, together with the Gingerbread refresh, Google ...

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    Call this the day all "the rest of us" were waiting for. The text behind the label may not be that visible to many, but that Samsung GT-I9020A stands for none other than the Samsung's Google Nexus S with some AT&T flavor to it. Just as with the Nexus One, this just means the phone will sport the 850 / 1900 UMTS bands that will give you 3G connectivity for AT&T. Now, given its an unlocked phone, this also means it'll give you 3G speeds in most, if not all of the rest of the Latin American countries also. All the rest of the specs of the Nexus S we recently reviewed remain the same, so lets ...

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    We've heard of the White Nexus S some two weeks ago when we found out that, similar to the White Galaxy S, only the back battery cover plate would be white and the bezel will be kept black. After being spotted in the wild again, the White Nexus S is now confirmed as a Vodafone exclusive. The carrier told TechRadar that it will be stocking up on the pale Nexus S once it will become available in the upcoming months. Whether the final version to be available will be all white or it will be similar to what we've seen leaked is yet unknown. Meanwhile, Vodafone Australia subscribers will be able ...

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    Fring has been updated to support Google's Samsung-made Nexus S and since it's currently the only one running Gingerbread out there, it's safe to assume Fring has been updated to offer Android 2.3 support. The update brings new notifications on your Home screen's notification bar for all Fring events in addition to improved audio through better Jitter buffer resulting in smoother sound. The Nexus S will be able to do video calls with the software refresh and Google Android Gingerbread is generically supported for future devices which will run the mobile platform. Check out a teaser below: ...

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    What's the difference between a "security researcher" and a "hacker"? Someone has discovered a way to steal data from the microsd card in your Android through a vulnerability in the Browser app. The someone in question is Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University. Lucky for us, he's one of the good guys -- not a "hacker" in the malicious sense of the word. While working on an Android-related project he discovered a flaw in the Android 2.3 browser. Ironically, a similar bug was recently found -- and fixed -- in the Android 2.2 browser. The exploit apparently ...

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    Many have been reporting random rebooting problems with Google's Nexus S. It looks like Google has figured out what the cause of the problem is and, according to "Google Employee" Ry Guy, a fix should be coming within the next few weeks. "The initial results of our tests look very promising. At this rate we will most likely be rolling out an OTA to resolve this issue within one to two weeks. We really appreciate your patience as we do our final verifications on this fix before sending it out." It's frustrating that Google's flagship phones (the Nexus One and the Nexus S) have been released ...

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    At Stanford's MobiSocial lab, they're thinking up new ways to take advantage of the Near Field Communications (NFC) chip that can be found in the Google Nexus S, and perhaps many handsets in the future. Right now, NFC is only set up to read data, but with a few tweaks, it can also write data, making it possible to have real-time collaboration between two devices, in a manner that's far easier than Bluetooth pairing. In these videos, researchers show how sharing photos and collaboration with a white board app can be simple using NFC. This brings to mind the endless scenarios where ...

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    Enough with the screencap-of-the-week, purporting to show one of the upcoming white versions of a smartphone, or a render from its manufacturer: now we have a couple real-world images of the white iPhone 4 and Nexus S, along with some pricing information. The white Nexus S image comes from a "well placed industry source" who managed to get a beautifully clear picture of the phone's white rear. This time the phone is supposedly destined for Vodafone, keeping with the European availability we heard about when the phone was initially revealed. A reader of Canadian site MobileSyrup spotted a ...

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    Following up on a lead that suggested Samsung's Google Nexus S is coming to AT&T, we did some investigating, and learned that a variant does indeed exist which might land on what recently became the nation's largest carrier. So far three Nexus S versions have gone through the FCC: the original GT-i9020, followed by the GT-i9020T and GT-i9023. But thanks to the Bluetooth SIG, we now know that a fourth variant exists which hasn't appeared in any other databases, including the FCC: GT-i9020A. According to the descriptions of these models on the Bluetooth certificates, all are destined for ...

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    When the Nexus S first came out we were all excited about the inclusion of the NFC (Near Field Communication). That excitement turned to disappointment when we learned that only "reading" capabilities were included in the chip. That's to say, NFC tags could be read, but the Nexus S couldn't respond to read requests, so hopes that it could be used as a "universal wallet" were dashed. There's another NFC function that has gone undiscussed: the ability to write tags. Think about it, those NFC tags have to get "written" (or encoded with data) somehow, right? That's done though an NFC "writer". ...

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    It seems that with white-adorned smartphones, when it rains, it pours. After months and months of delays, the white iPhone 4 is nearly upon us, and earlier today we caught wind of a white edition of the dual-core Optimus 2X. The latest to get the whitewash treatment looks like it could be Google's Nexus S, as evidence has surfaced in Germany showing what appears to be the premiere Gingerbread phone in white. Unlike the iPhone 4 and the images we've seen of the white Optimus 2X, the Nexus S looks like it will be keeping the black bezel. Like a black-and-white cookie, the front half of the ...

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    Samsung has filed an FCC application for a phone called the GT-i9023, which is surrounded by a web of coincidence and speculation that may point to it being something very Nexus S-like running Android 2.4. The FCC documents don't offer much but the phone's silhouette, yet the model number Samsung's using ties back in to some recent smartphone news. Engadget notes that i9023 refers to a "Black Silver" edition of the Nexus S with some European retailers. Just changing the phone's facade shouldn't require re-submission to the FCC, so that may be part of the puzzle, but there seems to be ...

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    The "new" Android Market is being approximately one month late to Samsung's Google Nexus S but nevertheless it's finally here and it is silently pushed to devices. In our demo of the Android Market update we presented the Nexus S-inspired curved theme as well as walked you through some of the main features like the improved user interface, easier access to games as well as categories for live wallpapers and widgets. Up until now, the refresh was not available for the Nexus S (there were various speculations related to a Gingerbread-only market or even Gingerbread compatibility problems) ...

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    Early adopters of the Samsung-made Google Nexus S might have experienced random reboots while using the device on a daily basis, restarts which seem to be closely related to using the device as a phone and placing calls. Up until recently, Google has ignored the issue and even blamed the manufacturer for an alleged hardware fault as it tried to make it clear that Android 2.3 Gingerbread was not the one responsible for the problems. Now Google seems to have managed to replicate the issue and is now stating that, together with Samsung, they are investigating so we might see a fix come out ...

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    If you thought 1.2GHz was fast, you can now overclock your Nexus S to 1.3GHz, 300MHz faster than the stock configuration. The steps to get the extra speed are the same as the previous method, just with an updated kernel with more tweaks to the voltages and other modifications. As with the previous version, Bluetooth still isn't working, battery life will be decreased, and wear on the components will be increased. As with most hacks of this sort, you do so at your own risk, and you may very well void your warranty. On the other hand, you'll have the fastest Nexus S on the planet, with ...

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    The Samsung made Google Nexus S which we reviewed earlier received one of its plus points because of the terrific performance both the hardware and Android 2.3 Gingerbread deliver. XDA Developers have released a kernel though that will enable the users to overclock the Samsung 1GHz Hummingbird chip -- also found on the Galaxy S smartphones -- to 1.2GHz, that is 200MHz more than stock. Apparently, the kernel uses tweaked voltages to achieve this so it might impact on your battery life -- which is good on the Nexus S, around a day and half on a single charge. On the downside, besides putting ...

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    The Google Nexus S, like the original Nexus One, isn't intended to awe the tech community with late-breaking technology and huge leaps in, well, anything. Instead, it's intended to represent the best possible experience for the Android operating system at this given moment in time. It's not weighed down by the often heavy interfaces that HTC, Motorola, and Samsung like to use on their Android devices, and so what you're left with is a light installation of Android backed by some pretty compelling hardware. If the Nexus S is anything like the Nexus One, we have a winner on our hands. Not ...

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    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 ...

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    The Nexus S is an awesome phone, but it doesn't have a color-coded notification LED to let you know what kind of event you may have just missed. This sort of notification LED comes in really hand in "discreet" situations like theaters and company meetings. To address this a fairly inventive developer took a very novel approach, and basically turned the entire screen into a notification LED -- after all, it's an LED screen, right? What the NoLED app does is listens for events that would have been displayed via a notification LED and turns on a color-coded bundle of pixels on the SuperAMOLED ...

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    Owners of both Google's Nexus S and Motorola's Droid 2 Global are reporting that over-the-air updates have just started showing up on their phones. The Nexus S update comes just a week after the phone's US launch, bringing the operating system up to Android 2.3.1. While the phone's default firmware was build GRH55, after accepting the update your phone will be running GRH78. The 1.9MB patch purports to contain both general bug fixes, as well as updates specific to Maps. We're not sure yet exactly what those bug fixes cover. One thing that doesn't appear to be corrected is the problem that ...

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    In this video we compare the software of the Nexus One with the Nexus S. They're running different versions of Android, so we get to see how 2.2 and 2.3 are different. To the end user, not much has changed between the two versions of Android. Most changes for Android 2.3 occur under the hood like concurrent garbage collection, support for gyroscopes and even barometers, NFC support, and native support for a front-facing camera. Some visual effects are improved, such as the program tray animation, plus there's use of more green, checkboxes are spruced up, and the keyboard looks different ...

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    The backing that comes on the Nexus S is a bit slippery, and certainly prone to nasty fingerprints. An industrious user at XDA has transformed his Nexus S backing from slippery to secure with PlastiDip spray paint. He outlined how he did it: I simply applied four thin layers of spray on black PlastiDip. As in the instructions, make sure to shake the can thoroughly for a full minute and keep the can of PlastiDip a full 12-16 inches from the back cover of the phone. Wait a full 30 minutes between coats. Make sure to spray all the way around the edge of the battery door into the back of the ...

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