Samsung Nexus S Smartphone Shows Off Android 2.3, Gaming, Multimedia, NFC

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Samsung Nexus S Smartphone Shows Off Android 2.3, Gaming, Multimedia, NFC

by Clint Boulton

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Display

The Nexus S sports a 4-inch, Super AMOLED screen Samsung has popularized in its Galaxy S line. It's powered by 1 GHz Hummingbird processor with 16GB of internal memory.

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Contour

The Contour display uses a thin-profile glass panel. The Nexus S can read information from "smart" tags, or everyday objects that have NFC chips in them. This paves the way for Android developers to write mobile payment apps.

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Side

This side view gives users a better appreciation of the contoured design.

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Keyboard

Improved keyboard enables multitasking and displays the current character and dictionary suggestions in a larger style. There is one-touch word copy-and-paste capability.

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Gaming

Nexus S improves gaming with a gyroscope and a dedicated GPU. "Playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos are fast, fluid and smooth. It's like having a pocket-size multimedia and game console," Google said.

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Multimedia

YouTube for Android has been furnished with a personalized home screen feed, in-page playback, and a rotate-for-fullscreen gesture.

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Navigation

Google Places enables users to find local restaurants, gas stations, etc., and then use Google Maps Navigation for free turn-by-turn GPS voice guidance.

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Voice Search

Of course, no Google co-developed phone would be completed without voice search, voice commands and other perks. Google acquired Phonetic Arts for speech synthesis, so expect even better voice interaction in 2011.

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Specs

There are two cameras, a 5-megapixel back-facing camera and a VGA camera in the front to enable vide chat. NFC is the key differentiator, in our opinion, opening a whole new sector of mobile app development.

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More Specs

Pay attention to the sensors and gyroscope, as well as the fully integrated suite of mobile apps.

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