Google on Monday asserted that it had supplied Samsung to produce the second embodiment of its Nexus Android phone, which will be the initial to run the company’s Android 2.3 “Gingerbread OS.”
The Nexus S will be sold with the suggested price of $199 with a two-year service contract via T-Mobile here in the US beginning December 16. It will also be provided without a contract for $529. Google expects the second incarnation to be better than the first.
Google launched the Nexus One either as its second testing tool for its Android development partners or a regular consumer smartphone. It is evaluated that the Nexus One only sold about 100,000 units. The reason for its poor sale may be Google’s own strategy. Instead of selling it via a carrier, the company exclusively sold the Nexus One via its own Web-based store for most of its lifespan. Google stopped that Web-based store last May.
Google’s next incarnation comprises several improvements over the original version, consisting front and rear-facing cameras and a “contour display” targeted at fitting comfortably in the palm of the hand and on the side of the face. It also features 16GB of memory and support for NFC. Moreover, it has some other specs such as Bluetooth support, HD video recording and playback; Gryoscope, accelerometer and proximity sensors; and 802.11n support.
Some tablets like the Nexus S are established “with Google,” meaning they display all of the capabilities of a free open-source Android operating system. Carriers have increasingly started to apply their own control over these handsets, excluding out standard functionality, and replacing Google’s own services with those of its rivals.