Samsung’s Nexus S Appears on Video
The Nexus S has gotten a video premier thanks to Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Web 2.0 summit. It will be launching with Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ and feature that near field communications (NFC) technology that is all the rage now. Don’t worry; I’ve got the video and what is known about this new smartphone after the jump.
The Nexus S from Samsung and some NFC talk
Gingerbread will bring NFC support to the Android platform and according to Schmidt, is due “in a few weeks.” Of course, Gingerbread just brings the software support for NFC. Smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Motorola will have to put NFC chipsets into their phones to use the feature. While the Nexus S will of course have an NFC chipset, how many other manufacturers or even models from Samsung will get the technology in the near future is unknown.
The Apple faithful are right to point out that NFC is widely expected to show up in the iPhone 5 that will launch in the middle of next year.
T-Mobile will also be the carrier for the Samsung Nexus S and the carrier’s logo is visible momentarily in the video above. From some accidentally posted information that Best Buy quickly pulled from its site, we know it will be one of the retailers stocking this smartphone. It is also supposed to go on sale on time for this holiday season.
Google used the original Nexus One to showcase what Android was capable of and while the phone didn’t sell nearly as well as Google had hoped, it did help propel Android to the enormous popularity it now has. Expect the Nexus S to introduce NFC to the US like its predecessor introduced Android.
The big question now is whether or not to get a Nexus S when it goes on sale. Samsung is building an even more powerful replacement model for its Galaxy S series for sale sometime in the first half of 2011. If your current Android smartphone is working fine for you now, you might want to weigh your options before you jump on a new smartphone.
Then again, smartphone technology is improving at an even faster rate than the stuff in regular computers, meaning no matter what you buy, it will be ‘obsolete’ in less than six months. Of course, no one really needs a new phone every six months so my advice is to just choose one that will keep you happy for a year or two and be happy with it.
Let me know what you think of the Nexus S and NFC in the comments. Will this one sell better than the old one and is the US ready for NFC yet?Samsung Nexus S, video, android gingerbread, NFC