The Nexus S is Coming!
With Google’s original Nexus One regulated to developers now, the next device in the series has to be coming out in the near future. Cue the Nexus S from T-Mobile. That’s what the expected name for the Nexus Two. In fact, an advertisement on Best Buy’s website that was later pulled stated “The Nexus S. Available only at Best Buy this holiday season.” That enough proof for you?
So what do we know about the Nexus S? Best Buy has plans to sell it and it will be locked into T-Mobile as its carrier. However, is the Nexus S going to just be a modified Samsung Galaxy S for the carrier? Will it run Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’? Will other carriers stock different, but ultimately identical models of this new Nexus? So many questions but so few answers right now.
The Nexus S is expected to pack an AMOLED or Super AMOLED display at 4”. It will also have a front facing camera for video calling abilities. What is up with the “Pure Google” tag on the pulled Best Buy ad for the Nexus S? Does this mean that it will not have Samsung’s UI crap thrown on top? Regardless, expect Gingerbread to make an appearance on the device.
As with the Nexus One, expected unlocked and locked versions of the Nexus S to eventually show up. It is about time that Google took another stab at a smartphone of its own, even if another manufacturer is building it. You would think that Google would know how to build one since it designs the Android operating system.
With Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ launching any day and Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ slated for launch in early 2011, who knows what is going on here. Samsung hasn’t even updated its Galaxy S models in the US to Android 2.2 yet. With Android 2.3 right around the corner with some sweet improvements, the company needs to get into gear. I’ve said it a hundred times before, but letting manufacturers and carriers decide when to update their smartphones’ operating systems is a surefire recipe for disaster and disgruntled customers.
Oh well. Let me know what you think. Want a Nexus S? Need to know more about it before making a decision? How happy were you with your Nexus One? Drop a comment. I want to know your thoughts on this.
** Update: Engadget has gotten there hands on some pics of what is inevitably the Nexus S from Samsung. Check the gallery below for the leaked pics.