Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3 Launching from T-Mobile
Google debuted the Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3, which will be available Dec. 16 online from T-Mobile for $199 or unlocked for $529 and at Best Buy Dec. 20Google Dec. 6 formally introduced the Samsung Nexus S, the first smartphone fitted with the long-awaited Android 2.3 operating system. Google said the smartphone, which has a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen like the members of the popular Samsung Galaxy S family, will be available Dec. 16 online from T-Mobile for $199 with a two-year service plan, or unlocked for $529.
On that day, the Nexus S will also be sold at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile retail stores in the U.S. Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers in the U.K. will sell the handset beginning Dec. 20.
Android 2.3 supports these activities, communicating with the NFC chip in the Nexus S and future Android handsets. Developers will be able to write mobile payment apps with Android 2.3.
Google's price point and carrier model for the Nexus S is similar to the one with which it offered the inaugural Nexus One device last January. However, that model failed because Google sold the device exclusively through its dedicated Webstore and users could not test the device with their own two hands. Rubin also maintained that Google and its partners are seeing more than 200,000 Android devices activated daily worldwide. That's spread across more than 100 different devices, from smartphones to tablets to Google TV-connected devices such as the Logitech Revue and Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray players. Samsung is a big beneficiary of Android's rise, selling more than 3 million Galaxy S phones, and capturing the mantle as leading Android handset provider in the U.S. by accounting for a third of all Android phones sold in the country.