Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Nexus S Smartphone Shows Off Android 2.3, Gaming, Multimedia, NFC
Google Dec. 6 surprised the mobile computing world by unveiling the Samsung Nexus S, the first smartphone to run Android 2.3. With the device, co-created by Samsung and Google, Google reprises the Nexus line. The search engine launched the Nexus One online last year, but shuttered the store in May after disappointing sales. The latest OS build, codenamed Gingerbread, has a number of improvements, including support for NFC (near field communications) to enable mobile payments and other sensor-swiping capabilities; a gyroscope for improved gaming, multitasking and a refreshed user interface with a better keyboard. The Nexus S Android 2.3 runs on is no slouch, either. It offers the latest Google mobile applications, accessible via a contoured handset with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display to make the device comfortable whether it's in a user's hand or up against his or her ear. eWEEK highlights the Nexus S and Gingerbread perks in this slide show.