The Nexus S Backstory, Because Every Good Phone Has A Backstory!

The first Android phone was released in November of 2008, yada yada yada.  You know the rest.  Now the market is saturated with Android phones and Google is releasing a new one to the market that showcases the new version of Android, Android 2.3 A.K.A Gingerbread (how timely).  As with the Nexus One, the Nexus S is tightly integrated with Google and offers a truly pure Google experience (I love it already).  Feel free to enjoy the videos here, or head on over to the product page.  Oh hey, there is a twitter page for it too!

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  • Adamsbrentd

    I love this phone

  • DomL

    so im guessing we wont be able to video call on the go since there’s no hspa+

    • Alexd

      Now im wondering why it has a front facing camera

      • soapboxmanic

        you can video chat on a 3g device. just without a front facing camera it basically makes for a pointless call.. unless of course the person that you call has a front facing camera and is going to be naked for you. =P

        • soapboxmanic

          Oh and don’t forget, the iPhone 4 does not do facetime unless you are on wifi. That may be the same road they thought about for the nexus s.

        • Alexd

          dont you think it will be extremely slow on 3g? however you might be right about the “only on wifi” theory

        • Anonymous

          Why would it be slower on 3G? Do people have 4G on their computers when they video chat? Speeds for video chat can be as low as 1.0Mbps depending on the software. Video chat didn’t start with 4G. I was video chatting on edge speeds on a n82 in 2008. Of course the video was choppy but it is possible. Most american non-fiber optic home (ATT) internet averages 3-5Mbps which is more than enough and the Nexus S maxes out at 7.2Mbps. Really, how many of us get 7.2Mbps on a non-fiber optic/cable home internet? Don’t worry about 4G, all of the 4G phones out now are not getting 7.2 or more as an average (including Sprints phones) yet they video chat at all times. Sprints 4G is 3-6Mbps currently so the Nexus S can do faster than that on T-Mobiles network. I video chat with my N900 on 3G and 3.5G and it maxes out at 10Mbps. I average around 3-6Mbps so it is more than enough.

        • ravidavi

          THANK YOU. I’m getting tired of the morons who think you need 21Mbps to video chat. Jesus, I skype fullscreen with my grandparents who live in India and have a 1Mbps internet connection and it works just fine.

          Doing a video&audio chat at 640×480 (the ffc’s resolution) takes less than 1Mbps of connection speed.

        • Anonymous

          Why would it be slower on 3G? Do people have 4G on their computers when they video chat? Speeds for video chat can be as low as 1.0Mbps depending on the software. Video chat didn’t start with 4G. I was video chatting on edge speeds on a n82 in 2008. Of course the video was choppy but it is possible. Most american non-fiber optic home (ATT) internet averages 3-5Mbps which is more than enough and the Nexus S maxes out at 7.2Mbps. Really, how many of us get 7.2Mbps on a non-fiber optic/cable home internet? Don’t worry about 4G, all of the 4G phones out now are not getting 7.2 or more as an average (including Sprints phones) yet they video chat at all times. Sprints 4G is 3-6Mbps currently so the Nexus S can do faster than that on T-Mobiles network. I video chat with my N900 on 3G and 3.5G and it maxes out at 10Mbps. I average around 3-6Mbps so it is more than enough.

        • DMa

          i”ve used tango on my nexus 1, granted only could use the rear camera, but it didn’t feel slow or choppy to me, so i think 3g is fine for face chat,

        • Rob

          Yea I get anywhere from 3.5 to 4.1 mbps on my Moto CLiq…Yes the cliq.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EPHWRORUHLL5Q2K2F4KLJSWHTY DavidY

      Just wandering, why do you think it needs to have 4G in order to do video chat? Tango works fine on 3G phones. Did T-Mobile’s marketing get to you?

      • DomL

        Tango does work fine on 3g phones but not on par with hspa+ or any other types of 4g and if i’m going to spend $500 or so on a phone I want it to have hspa+.. my money my opinion sorry

      • DomL

        Tango does work fine on 3g phones but not on par with hspa+ or any other types of 4g and if i’m going to spend $500 or so on a phone I want it to have hspa+.. my money my opinion sorry

  • Anonymous

    I like this phone, can wait until NFC infrastructure at retail…

    Stay thirsty my friends!

    • TheDude

      Seriously, stop with the lame “copied from a TV commercial” tagline that you type everytime and means nothing!!!!

      • Anonymous

        Thank you!! Glad i’m not the only one annoyed by that!

  • Anonymous

    I can put Vibrant aside now.

  • BarZ

    looks as if you dont know the story… lol the first android phone was infact released in october

  • http://twitter.com/drepope100 Andre Pope

    Hmmm……no Micro SD support on the Nexus S????

    • DMa

      hmmm, that is a big let down, might be a deal breaker, the thing i like most about android is how quick i can get a new phone and be up and running, which the SD card helps a lot with.

  • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    The Nexus S is just the i9000 with gingerbread…and no removal storage. hmm…will you buy it?

  • http://twitter.com/josemedina1983 Jose Medina

    I don’t know about this phone but specs are pretty much like every high end phone nothing new I don’t see nexus one owners dropping their phone for this.

    • DMa

      i will be dropping my nexus one for this, am i overly excited about it, no. but i’m sick of having little internal memory and having to basically delete a program or two just to add one, i thought that being able to run off SD would make things better but not all programs offer that. The only reason i am going with this than the mytouch HD (which i used for 30 days) is i want pure google, having the n1 and getting the updates first is a huge deal for me. HSPA+ would have been good, but i live in an area that supposedly has it and i was never on it once with the mytouch, so i guess you can’t miss what you never had =)

      • Bobert

        Ya N1 user and the whole apps to SD thing turned out thus far to be a joke.
        Not enough apps are movable to really make a difference and I spend too much time deleting apps as you do.
        With that said I cant imagine going to the NS given NO SD CARD SLOT!
        WTF?!?!

        • muhadi

          I have nexus one and i suffer from the same problem, but i can’t get it is the 16 GB internal memory is one memory or it’s divided: like Application memory 512MB+Internal Memory 16GB

          If i can install apps up to one 1GB in whatever memory without fearing it may get full. i’m switching

    • DMa

      i will be dropping my nexus one for this, am i overly excited about it, no. but i’m sick of having little internal memory and having to basically delete a program or two just to add one, i thought that being able to run off SD would make things better but not all programs offer that. The only reason i am going with this than the mytouch HD (which i used for 30 days) is i want pure google, having the n1 and getting the updates first is a huge deal for me. HSPA+ would have been good, but i live in an area that supposedly has it and i was never on it once with the mytouch, so i guess you can’t miss what you never had =)

    • Bobert

      I am a Nexus 1 user and NO I wont be getting the Nexus S.
      WTF?!?!?!
      NO SD CARD SLOT?!?!?!?!
      Is that a joke?

    • Bobert

      I am a Nexus 1 user and NO I wont be getting the Nexus S.
      WTF?!?!?!
      NO SD CARD SLOT?!?!?!?!
      Is that a joke?

    • Bobert

      I am a Nexus 1 user and NO I wont be getting the Nexus S.
      WTF?!?!?!
      NO SD CARD SLOT?!?!?!?!
      Is that a joke?

  • http://twitter.com/LCBrint Lonnie Brintley

    Maybe this one will actually get updates on a regular basis, unlike most of Samsung’s Android phones.

    • Anonymous

      what do you mean maybe?
      ITS A PURE GOOGLE EXPERIENCE PHONE!
      Don’t question THE phone!

  • timmyjoe42

    If only this thing weren’t made by Samsung…HTC or Moto please make the next Nexus.

  • timmyjoe42

    If only this thing weren’t made by Samsung…HTC or Moto please make the next Nexus.

    • Sean

      nexus = google + device + you

      Motorola=blur ui +tmobile + google + you

      too many hands in the cookie jar at once for motorola to ever make a decent device

    • Sean

      nexus = google + device + you

      Motorola=blur ui +tmobile + google + you

      too many hands in the cookie jar at once for motorola to ever make a decent device

  • Anonymous

    No 4g. No micro sd. No sale. This is the vibrant with the ffc they removed from the galaxy s and they added gingerbread which I guess that means the vibrant won’t be getting that, so if and when we get a froyo update that will probably be it.

    • J5

      Not to mention no FM Radio.

    • J5

      Not to mention no FM Radio.

  • shotz

    so this phone doesn’t work on the hspa+ (4g speeds) that are currently tmobile’s fast network?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Evan-Carter/583336419 Evan Carter

    I didn’t know really where else to post this question, but what does “open gls support” do for me as a consumer?

    • blah

      Hi Evan, to make a long story short this is more about giving native support for the hardware that android uses. I will give an example, if you have ever installed a windows xp then you know you have generic drivers which work just to get the system functioning but do not take full advantage of the hardware. Android has been exactly like that where the software is not tied closely enough to the hardware. In this new version of gingerbread the concept is to give developers the ability to take full advantage of the hardware and lower level functions of the phone directly. example the UI is slow and delayed compared to the iphones because of lack of GPU support in the use of the UI. Equalizers are difficult and time consuming to develop, and general tasks and features which are common place in other systems have been considerably more difficult to develop because of a lack of these API tools.

      Gingerbread represents a MAJOR leap forward in bringing a android to the forefront of the OS distribution. It will dramatically increase the smoothness and consistency of the user experience. The idea is that developers will be able to develop amazing user experiences now that they have direct access and API support to take full advantage of the hardware. Android 2.3 alone will not bring any dramatic changes to users and please do not buy into the hype of all the from the bloggers. Gingerbread by its self does very little for the users. Its what developers will do with these new tools which will really blow you away.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Evan-Carter/583336419 Evan Carter

    I didn’t know really where else to post this question, but what does “open gls support” do for me as a consumer?

  • Nate

    Will definitely get one.. I dunno about u guys but to me nothing beats an “official” Google phone :) w/ first updates, clean, pure Android interface and not touched by the evil carriers (unlocked). lol

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    This and the other phones coming out are a big fail to me because the manufacturers and carriers are moving toward Apple in controlling users and forcing them to buy next year’s product if they want updated specs. What is next, a non removable battery, just like Apple.

    Two examples of failed cell phones:

    The new Windows 7 HD7 does not have a MicroSD slot, unlike the HD2 that does come with the slot and is capable of supporting up to 32GB. And it is interesting that experts are saying the HD7 is the same as the HD2 except for a few cosmetic changes and the WPhone 7 operating system. Since the HD7 does not have a microSD port, to me that makes it a lesser handset than the HD2.

    This phone also does not have a MicroSD slot. The rest of the specs are the same as the Vibrant. While the Vibrant does not have the front facing camera installed and “activated,” personally of the two features I would rather have a microSD slot over a FFC.

    With both these phones you are stuck with the memory that comes on the phone, just like Apple. Want more storage, you can buy next year’s phone that will have 32GB storage. That’s a serious deficiency to me, no memory expansion slot.

    Everyone going yippee about this phone don’t seem to notice that it’s a lesser phone than the HD2 or the Vibrant. For sure, I don’t know about you, but I like being able to swap out chips and also being able to use 8GB, 16GB or 32GB chips as I please.

    I know a few people with Apple phones and they all complain how 16GB is not enough storage for them. They are always having to delete movies and songs so to get more room.

    Also, the Vibrant has 16GB on-board memory and I am using a 16GB card. That’s way more usable memory than a phone limited to 16GB on board memory.

    Yes, this has a front facing camera, but for US $50 I can mod my Vibrant to have a FFC too. It’s all over You Tube on how to do this. While I don’t care about an FFC, the point is that it is doable (sp?).

    While this is new and exciting, that infatuation wears off quite soon and people will be looking at this as just another cell phone. At that point, in March 2011 as an example, owners of this phone will be complaining about lack of storage.

    • blah

      I have to agree with you on this one… but unfortunately they are much better looking phones than the MyTouch 4G which is more powerful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

      you sound stupid crying about a micro sd slot….get over yourself, 16gb is plenty…most people that buy these phone wont even use up 10gb! and the HD7 has a microsd slot its just not hot swappable because of windows phone 7 os….that os stores important data on the sd so it shouldnt be removed….take that up with microsoft not HTC or Tmobile….and tell where is says the nexus s DOES NOT HAVE A MICROSD…tell me where? there reason why google made this phone is to have a pure android experience! which means no OEM modifications….FAST UPDATES, the vibrant probably will never even see 2.2 let be honest! so stop acting like a puss and understand the real reasoning behind phone

      • Monster Truck

        And you sound like a whiny little girl, getting all defensive when someone points out the shortcomings of this phone. I’m sure you did some accurate research when you say “most people that buy these phone wont even use up 10gb!” Just because you don’t use 10GB doesn’t mean “most people won’t use up 10gb.” As for “tell where is says the nexus s DOES NOT HAVE A MICROSD…tell me where?”

        http://phandroid.com/2010/12/06/this-hour-in-nexus-s-no-microsd-card-slot-samsung-not-the-nfc-chip-provider-best-buy-landing-page-live/

        http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2010/12/06/surprise-the-nexus-s-has-no-microsd-slot-do-you-care/

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=i%27m+a+retard+who+thinks+the+nexus+s+will+have+a+microSD+slot

        • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

          dude i have a 32gb micro sd & a 16gb……my 32 is full from the music i dumped from my 120gb Zune and the 16gb is for video (I keep that one in my wallet) so im all for more memory…..but the lack of more memory is not to blame on the carriers, oem’s, or Google, you need to right letter to some nand flash makers, so they can mass produce 128gb chips cheaply enough so that oem can place them in newer phones…..p.s. microsd will die in the next 5years just like the sd did in phones then the mini and micro will be next!

      • Magenta Magic

        Where is the microSD slot on the HD7? It does NOT have one.

      • Sean

        I’m sorry but how can you say that most people won’t use 10gb. you have no clue of what the end user is going to use their device for. with hd camcorder 10gigs is nothing. what about music and pictures. Also 32gb sdcards are hard to find? what? do a search on your google phone. i’m sure they can locate where to buy one……not so hard

        • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

          douche read anyone that has a brain knows that high end users is a way smaller percentage than average consumers…..

        • Sean

          your name is jimi blessedlife…if that doesn’t say douche i don’t know what does…your study means nothing to me…it’s a study based on what…what devices were they using that offer all of the capabilities of this phone…users have never had such easy access to music, hd camcorders, high resolution cameras, apps until NOW…and their needs are only going to grow….this is a HIGH END phone..therefore it should meet the needs of HIGH END USERS….you are a tool…have a nice day

        • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

          i hate to step this low and sho so much immaturity…BUT IM THA TOOL THATS DRILLIN YOUR MOM!!

      • Grammatica di Polizia

        Hey JimiCursedLife, you must have a pathetic, insignificant little existence to log on here and exhibit such rudeness.

        You are the one who is stupid. Not just for the nonsense you post, but because you post on the Internet proof to the world how stupid and incompetent you are. Not surprising because that’s what the truly stupid do, because they are too stupid to realize they are being stupid.

        And as to what you actually say in your comment, do you know how much of a 16GB phone is actually available for use on this phone? So right off, it’s not 16GB that in your small mind “is plenty.” Maybe that’s enough to someone like you, who has only a couple David Hassellhoff albums in his music folder, but for most users, it’s easy to use up even 30GB memory.

        Oh, and don’t echo crap that you copy and pasted from elsewhere on the Net, that the reason for not having a microSD slot is to have a “pure OEM experience which means no OEM modifications.”

        That’s BS logic that Apple started, to explain why it does not put expansion slots on the iPhone.

        The real reason is because the manufacturers and carriers can make double the profits by selling you either the larger capacity phone, or to motivate you to buy a new phone next year, that simply has some cosmetic changes and more storage.

        Apple learned that people would replace an iPhone simply to get more storage when it brought out the iPhone in 2007. Back then Apple had two versions available, the 4GB and the 8GB. Sales were so low of the 4GB that Apple discontinued it shortly after it went on sale.

        After that Apple held back on making one iPhone with 16GB, for example, because people were willing to pay for the supposed “latest model” that simply had 16GB memory, storage that they could have put on last year’s phone.

        And I wasn’t “crying” in my comment. I was simply pointing out what I perceive as noteworthy. You’re the one acting like the puss, aggravated by the fact you are such a dumb fc-uk.

        • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

          one i dont copy and paste anything! two my statement id valid there’s a study on it…..its not just you and ur lil puss friends that uses smartphones, over a hundred million sold worldwide and the average consumer which is about 90% of the people that by these phones WONT USE 10GB…..PLAIN AND SIMPLE YOU DONT LIKE WHAT YOU THINK THE CARRIERS AND MANUFACTURES ARE DONT THEN DONT BUY!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

          one i dont copy and paste anything! two my statement id valid there’s a study on it…..its not just you and ur lil puss friends that uses smartphones, over a hundred million sold worldwide and the average consumer which is about 90% of the people that by these phones WONT USE 10GB…..PLAIN AND SIMPLE YOU DONT LIKE WHAT YOU THINK THE CARRIERS AND MANUFACTURES ARE DONT THEN DONT BUY!!!!

      • Anonymous

        The vibrant WILL see 2.2 l’m running a leaked tmobile and samsung version of 2.2. Even came with all the bloatware. Check your facts.

        • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

          talk when the “OFFICIAL OTA”come out “NO ROOT” “NO LEAK” when “T-MOBILE PUSHES IT TO ALL VIBRANT BUYERS!” NOT SOMETHING YOU DL OFF OF XDA OR SOME WEBSITE! …………IF 99% OF ALL GALAXY S USERS ARE NOT ON 2.2 IT WANT OFFICIAL! and when did sammy promise it? October…then September….next was November…and now its December? and so what is it does by the time sammy get it together nexuse one and s will be on honeycomb or ice cream!

        • Anonymous

          Hey Jimi, do you understand what the term “leaked” means? Although I did get the rom from XDA, it was not modified by any of the developers. The fact that it is leaked would lead one to believe that it WILL be released. At what point will it be released, that is truly up for debate. However I will tell you this, it should be soon, because the JK6 release is smooth, and has no bugs and everything works quite well. Also put that together with the Epic 4g getting 2.2. Given this, why would you think that it’s never being released? Samsung never promised a date, only promised that it is coming out.

        • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

          talk when the “OFFICIAL OTA”come out “NO ROOT” “NO LEAK” when “T-MOBILE PUSHES IT TO ALL VIBRANT BUYERS!” NOT SOMETHING YOU DL OFF OF XDA OR SOME WEBSITE! …………IF 99% OF ALL GALAXY S USERS ARE NOT ON 2.2 IT WANT OFFICIAL! and when did sammy promise it? October…then September….next was November…and now its December? and so what is it does by the time sammy get it together nexuse one and s will be on honeycomb or ice cream!

    • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

      and ome more thing nand memory its that advance yet…they just launched the 32gb microsd and its still hard to find….because of the inconsistency in data transfer…. so if your crying about memory they get on people like Hynix, Intel, and Micron Technology so the can start pumping out 128gb microsd cards for you! like i said 90% of the people that buys smart phone event even use 10gb of storge during the time they have the device

    • Joepenora

      I have to agree, I have a Vibrant I’m use a 32 gig micro sd card. The only thing that intrigues me about this phone is the stock Android, I wish I had stock Android on my Vibrant

    • rickb928

      “…controlling users and forcing them to buy next year’s product if they want updated specs.”

      And how do you avoid buying ‘next year’s product’ to get updated specs? Other than storage, is there a phone out there that is upgradeable? Seriously?

      Too many complaints about problems that aren’t problems. Like complaining that your carrier doesn’t have decent coverage on the Moon.

      • http://www.facebook.com/JTOTHADA Jìmì BlessedLife

        i agree with you….what people dont get about this phone is….this phone had only one purpose” to give people a PURE android experience”

        NOTHING ELSE! this phone isnt marketed as a super moive phone like its sister vibrant…where it come with 16gb on board with top box office movies! and an extra micro sd slot for the even more memory hungry people….this phone is about stock android….being the first to get updates! not having the best camera or fastest cpu…its all about the software with this phone not hardware! remember google is selling software! so if it partners to make a phone what do you think the main focus on the phone is goin to be about? hardwaar or software?

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    This and the other phones coming out are a big fail to me because the manufacturers and carriers are moving toward Apple in controlling users and forcing them to buy next year’s product if they want updated specs. What is next, a non removable battery, just like Apple.

    Two examples of failed cell phones:

    The new Windows 7 HD7 does not have a MicroSD slot, unlike the HD2 that does come with the slot and is capable of supporting up to 32GB. And it is interesting that experts are saying the HD7 is the same as the HD2 except for a few cosmetic changes and the WPhone 7 operating system. Since the HD7 does not have a microSD port, to me that makes it a lesser handset than the HD2.

    This phone also does not have a MicroSD slot. The rest of the specs are the same as the Vibrant. While the Vibrant does not have the front facing camera installed and “activated,” personally of the two features I would rather have a microSD slot over a FFC.

    With both these phones you are stuck with the memory that comes on the phone, just like Apple. Want more storage, you can buy next year’s phone that will have 32GB storage. That’s a serious deficiency to me, no memory expansion slot.

    Everyone going yippee about this phone don’t seem to notice that it’s a lesser phone than the HD2 or the Vibrant. For sure, I don’t know about you, but I like being able to swap out chips and also being able to use 8GB, 16GB or 32GB chips as I please.

    I know a few people with Apple phones and they all complain how 16GB is not enough storage for them. They are always having to delete movies and songs so to get more room.

    Also, the Vibrant has 16GB on-board memory and I am using a 16GB card. That’s way more usable memory than a phone limited to 16GB on board memory.

    Yes, this has a front facing camera, but for US $50 I can mod my Vibrant to have a FFC too. It’s all over You Tube on how to do this. While I don’t care about an FFC, the point is that it is doable (sp?).

    While this is new and exciting, that infatuation wears off quite soon and people will be looking at this as just another cell phone. At that point, in March 2011 as an example, owners of this phone will be complaining about lack of storage.

  • Macfad

    will the “t-mobile optimized” version of the phone come with all the bloatware?

  • Zeusc12

    Is the Nexus S capable to make video calls?

  • Grammatica di Polizia

    Despite its shortcomings, I do have to say the Nexus S is a very good looking cell phone, certainly better looking than the HTC 4G or HD7.

    And while I read somewhere in here that Samsung was not selling its super amoled displays to other manufacturers it is très intéressant that Samsung came up with more from the “back room” to put on the Nexus S.

    Obviously when Samsung announced in March that it would not sell its displays to outsiders it had in mind the numbers it needed for the Samsung Galaxy S and this Nexus S.

    That super amoled display will really make this a stand out handset, just as it did for the Samsung Galaxy S.

    If these get back-ordered I wonder if one of the reasons will be that Samsung is running low on super amoled displays.

  • Bobert

    Is this no sd card thing a joke?

  • going_home

    No HSPA+ ?

  • sprinTmobile

    dammm why a samsung? looks all cheap plastic,specially the backdoor.kinda looks like the epic 4g without keyboard.but the specs are crazy besides not having HSPA plus support.

    • Mtnman

      Why does everyone think that if a phone has plastic on the back cover that it’s “cheap”? I really don’t care if it has plastic or metal, as long as what’s in the phone is of good quality.

      • Sean

        plastic “looks” cheap…even though the phone is far from cheap…and have you ever seen a real nexus 1, g2, HD2, HD7….the hardware makes this phone look like a toy.

  • sprinTmobile

    dammm why a samsung? looks all cheap plastic,specially the backdoor.kinda looks like the epic 4g without keyboard.but the specs are crazy besides not having HSPA plus support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MatthewSki Matthew Kalinowski

    htc should have made this phone they did not fail us with the nexus one or the g1 or the epic 4g

  • Johnny

    PS, the first Android phone launched in October 2008, not November.

  • Anonymous

    I think the more interesting back story would be why they went with Samsung this time around instead of HTC….unless they are doing it as an incentive or “thank you” to hardware makers who have been heavily supporting Android?

    • Grammatica di Polizia

      This was discussed back in February-March. It was in all the tech papers and online.

      HTC announced back then that it would no longer make phones for Google and it would make phones only for established carriers.

      So Google had to look for someone else to make its phones if it decided to stay in the business.

      People in the industry were curious who Google would find to make a phone.

      Back in June, after seeing Google and Samsung officials having lunch, it was speculated in Asian tech journals that Samsung was soliciting Google’s business.

      Guess that turned out to be accurate. Some analyst got a feather in his cap on that one.

  • mmc

    The lack of HSPA+ is a disappointed but I am confident this will be my next phone. I returned my mytouch4g after about 10 days because I could not stand the HTC UI. I can’t wait to get my hands on this

  • RICO

    I can’t beleive Google put its stamp on an inferior phone! This phone should have had been done with the BEST specs available meaning- dual HD cams like the LG STAR (also with 1080p recording), Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI out, Dual core processor, 1gb RAM, Expandable memory- via MicroSD card, 4G and World bands so those of us who travel abroad constantly don’t have to be using a different phone if we switch SIMs. Also, if they made it with world bands it would expedite fabrication as they don’t have to make 2 or 3 different phones, this is practically the MyTouch 4G with a slightly bigger screen, Gingerbread OS and no 4G!

  • SEFan

    Interesting phone, evolutionary rather than revolutionary. This shows how much the Android world has changed since the Nexus One. When that dropped it was a leap ahead of what anyone else was doing, a cutting-edge device on which to showcase . Now there are a lot of very good Android devices, many running at least v2 of Android, and I think Google was aiming for a competent device on which they could showcase the newest iteration of the OS. A high-end device is pretty much a given, and the Samsung appears to be those devices. I actually like the lack of expandable memory, given the security risk of plug-and-play micro SD cards. I would have liked to see HSPA+ if they were making it for T-Mobile in the US, but oh well. We have to consider that with all the good hardware available now this Google phone may not be THE Google phone for nearly as long as the N1. When 3.0 is ready to fly there might well be a new Nexus – faster, better and all that. Android is well over critical mass now, and the devices just keep coming.

    Also curious about several comments on world bands. When I read the specs I saw quad-band GSM and WCDMA in 900/1700/2100. That covers voice, GPRS/EDGE, and 3G for most of the world. Basically it leaves out Sprint and Verizon (different tech) and the bands for AT&T and Rogers. Perhaps a carrier issue in the US, but not a prob for overseas use.

    For me, the one deal-breaker about Samsung is location. Last I heard they haven’t made a complete fix of the Galaxy S GPS problem, and location services are important for me. I’d avoid the phone just on that basis. Shame really; otherwise a very intriguing device and OS update…

  • Anonymous

    The Nexus S story doesn’t add up to me:

    Google’s Eric Schmidt said during the Summer that there would be no Nexus Two, saying that the Nexus One accomplished what they set out to do. Some have construed this to mean other things, and even Eric himself has said what he really meant was that he didn’t want to use the name “Nexus 2″ or something to that effect. Is this true? I’m not sure. Or did Google see the success of Samsung’s Galaxy S line to all four major carriers (and others), which was something Google was hoping to accomplish with the Nexus One, and see the quality of Samsung’s SAMOLED and felt it would optimize 2.3′s darker color format well, and so decided to reach out to them to have them revise their Galaxy S line to a Nexus brand? Or did Google reach out to them before they released the Galaxy line to make the next Nexus, and if so, why would Eric make such comment implying there would be no future Nexus phones? It could, of course, be simple misdirection.

    Considering the Nexus S is not being developed from the ground up, and is more or less based on the Galaxy S line, research, development, and manufacturing time could have been accomplished between the late Summer/early Fall release of Galaxy phones to now December, for the Nexus S launch. Considering Samsung doesn’t seem to have any real history of “shortages,” their manufacturing plants could be up for the challenge?

    Then, you have the supposed “delay” of the Nexus S. It turns out the Best Buy leaked specs were real (the official specs is almost exactly what the BB specs said it would be – 1 GHz single core, no HSPA+ support…). So what was the delay? Well, just last week the FFC received radio changes to the i9020 model (aka the Nexus S number). Was that the slight hardward delay/tweak? And not what Androidandme thought was the scrapping of single-core to have dual-core? But they also said dual-core Nexus S prototypes were out in the wild in testing. Did the tests not go well with Gingerbread, which has been reported to not be optimized yet for dual-cores, and thus Google deciding to stick to the single-core for final production? Or were those supposedly dual-core Nexus S prototypes really prototypes of Samsung’s i9200 phones, aka Galaxy S2?

    I don’t know. This is all speculation and musing. The Nexus S story doesn’t add up. Given some baffling decisions regarding the official specs – namely lack of HSPA+ (or “4G”) support – I suspect Google rushed this when they saw the success of Galaxy S and Samsung’s SAMOLED technology, and tried, but couldn’t get dual-cores to work properly and in time to meet their December release deadline (Gingerbread had to be released before Christmas).

    Is a dual-core, HSPA+ capable Nexus S floating around out there in prototype/testing form to be released in 2011? Does the Nexus S story add up to you guys?

  • Jay

    I just heard from a reliable source that T-Mobile is coming out with a new Samsung phone in January called the Vibrant Plus. From what he said, it is going to have everything the Nexus S has, plus the features it is lacking and will be Samsungs flagship phone. He did not say if it will be dual-core or not, but assumed it would be. It will be a full HSPA+ phone. He also said that the entire Galaxy line for all carriers is getting the same upgrade.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Jimi, do you understand what the term “leaked” means? Although I did get the rom from XDA, it was not modified by any of the developers. The fact that it is leaked would lead one to believe that it WILL be released. At what point will it be released, that is truly up for debate. However I will tell you this, it should be soon, because the JK6 release is smooth, and has no bugs and everything works quite well. Also put that together with the Epic 4g getting 2.2. Given this, why would you think that it’s never being released? Samsung never promised a date, only promised that it is coming out.

  • RobX3

    if i remember correctly, i got my g1 on October 22, 2008