Nexus S and Gingerbread SDK officially released

Nexus S     

All the hype has brought us to this momentous day. As many suspected, exactly three weeks from Eric Schmidt's "in the next few weeks" promise, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and the Nexus S have been officially released. As per the Official Google Blog, the Samsung Nexus S will be hitting Best Buy shelves in the US after December 16th (December 20th in the UK). It will feature a 4" contour display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear cameras, 16GB of internal storage, NFC capabilities, and much more. Best Buy in the US has announced a price of $529 unlocked and without a contract. With a two-year service agreement, the phone will be $199. In the UK, reports are saying that it will be £549 unlocked and £35 on contract.

Part of the Nexus S's new feature set is due to it being the first phone to run Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread). The new version of Android sports many improvements over Froyo (2.2), including a lot of great new features for developers. Here's what's being touted:

  • Fastest version of Android yet
  • Takes gaming to next level
  • Support for new open video standards
  • Multi-camera support
  • Built-in VoIP/SIP calling functionality
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Newly refined UI
  • New multitouch enabled soft-keyboard
  • Improved copy/paste
  • Better power managment

Andy Rubin is expected to show off the new platform today at Dive Into Mobile. In the meantime, hit up the Android developer's site to snatch the SDK. Google says that they'll be open-sourcing (releasing the AOSP build) of Gingerbread in the "coming weeks." Check out the Android 2.3 announcement video below:

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Dogward said,
and I just bought the HTC Desire HD yesterday... !

Wouldn't worry about it, it's the best phone around at the moment, and it will be for some time. You should get the update.

waited forever for the captivate to be released with rogers here, now the Nexus S is coming out. i really regret buying the phone when i shoulda waited.

Loso said,
waited forever for the captivate to be released with rogers here, now the Nexus S is coming out. i really regret buying the phone when i shoulda waited.

Nexus S doesn't have the Rogers 3G bands. Maybe they will add them later like they did with the Nexus One, but maybe not.

Bag said,
So when does the N1 get the gingerbread update

In a few weeks was said. I'm still deciding if i should get the NS and sell my N1 or just wait for Gingerbread for the N1

SHoTTa35 said,

In a few weeks was said. I'm still deciding if i should get the NS and sell my N1 or just wait for Gingerbread for the N1

This thing is barely better than the Nexus One. Just keep the N1 and save yourself the money.
I'm awaiting 2.3 for my Desire Z. CM7 can't come fast enough!

Most of Samsung's phones don't look nice to me, but this looks great. I would seriously consider this if it wasn't for the fact I have an iPhone 3GS and don't plan on upgrading it anytime soon.

Hopefully the Nexus S will come with the unlockable bootliader which allows you to root the phone legally

Funny how android users have to beg and hope that new OS releases will get to their phones.

Fragmentation FTL! Apple and Microsoft got things right at least.

Mouettus said,
Funny how android users have to beg and hope that new OS releases will get to their phones.

Fragmentation FTL! Apple and Microsoft got things right at least.


And...? Doesn't seem to be hurting the sales, unless you have some top-secret info saying otherwise.

Mouettus said,
Funny how android users have to beg and hope that new OS releases will get to their phones.
Fragmentation FTL! Apple and Microsoft got things right at least.

Apple makes you wait 12 months+, is that "got things right" then?
As ir0nw0lf says, it's not hurting Android sales which now have overtaken Apple.

Mouettus said,
Funny how android users have to beg and hope that new OS releases will get to their phones.

Fragmentation FTL! Apple and Microsoft got things right at least.

You mean as opposed to the other way, where people just know they're not getting the next big thing because Apple expects them to upgrade? I'll take a chance over no chance, thank you very much.

At least with Apple everyone gets the phone update at the same time. Android is just an OS, after an update the phone manufacture then has to build their junk on top of it. Then the network likes to brand it further. I wouldn't say MS has it right, every phone I looked at of theirs has also been re-branded for the particular network and phone manufacture. I prefer Apple's stance of all networks using the same unbranded hardware/software. MS I guess will ultimately have the same issues in that they can't offer firmware upgrades as that's the phone manufactures responsibility.

Exosphere: When has Apple ever made people wait 12+ months for a new firmware with new features? They have released 6 updates in the past 6 months...

SK[ said,] I prefer Apple's stance of all networks using the same unbranded hardware/software.

All networks as in 1? AT&T?

I'll give Apple this though, their fanboi's are the most delusional around...

Mouettus said,
Funny how android users have to beg and hope that new OS releases will get to their phones.

Fragmentation FTL! Apple and Microsoft got things right at least.

Apple locks people out of features that their phones can handle just fine (video recording, MMS, etc). And WP7 was JUST released. There's fragmentation in iOS when you consider that, and the different hardware (first iphone not having GPS, earlier gen models having crappier everything).

But android 1.5 and 1.6 still being around is inexcusable.

On Friday I decided to order an HTC Desire HD (free handset) from 3 UK @ £34/month (2000mins any network, 5000 texts, 3gb internet, 5000 3-3 mins)...I had planned to sell my Nexus One (bought from Google USA in July) and purchase Nexus S outright...Looking at the prices & network association with it I'm dead pleased that I made the choice to go back in contract with 3 UK. I'm selling my 4 month old N1 with Desktop Dock & Car Dock on ebay for £400 ONO and shall enjoy a few treats over xmas. Now not fussed about android 2.3/ nexus s considering the Desire HD spec & capability.

Forget £549 for Nexus S (and Vodafone UK) & get HTC Desire HD for free - best phone on market IMHO.

androidking said,
On Friday I decided to order an HTC Desire HD (free handset) from 3 UK @ £34/month (2000mins any network, 5000 texts, 3gb internet, 5000 3-3 mins)...I had planned to sell my Nexus One (bought from Google USA in July) and purchase Nexus S outright...Looking at the prices & network association with it I'm dead pleased that I made the choice to go back in contract with 3 UK. I'm selling my 4 month old N1 with Desktop Dock & Car Dock on ebay for £400 ONO and shall enjoy a few treats over xmas. Now not fussed about android 2.3/ nexus s considering the Desire HD spec & capability.

Forget £549 for Nexus S (and Vodafone UK) & get HTC Desire HD for free - best phone on market IMHO.

Samsung Omnia 7 is the best one imo but I just prefer Windows 7 phones.

Good choice - and a good deal BTW.
I just bought my Desire HD outright, and on £10 a month O2 tariff (unlimited landline & O2 calls included), awesome phone. No way can the Nexus S beat the Desire HD.

Besides, looking an 2.3, I only see major gains for gaming right now, doubt I'll need those video codecs for a while.

Exosphere said,
Good choice - and a good deal BTW.
I just bought my Desire HD outright, and on £10 a month O2 tariff (unlimited landline & O2 calls included), awesome phone. No way can the Nexus S beat the Desire HD.

Besides, looking an 2.3, I only see major gains for gaming right now, doubt I'll need those video codecs for a while.

Thanks yeah dead chuffed with it...finally about to fire it up & configure it!

Ah good choice, you did similar idea to mine when i got my nexus one.

Yeah in the end nothing in 2.3 caught my attention enough to plump for nexus s.

androidking said,

Thanks yeah dead chuffed with it...finally about to fire it up & configure it!

Ah good choice, you did similar idea to mine when i got my nexus one.

Yeah in the end nothing in 2.3 caught my attention enough to plump for nexus s.

Even if it did catch your attention enough, its almost a dead certainty that the Desire HD will get it at some point.

Majesticmerc said,

Even if it did catch your attention enough, its almost a dead certainty that the Desire HD will get it at some point.

That's true, all I'd really ask of HTC Sense for the HD is more ways to personalise the look of it - colours, shapes of widgets/menus etc.. The big thing that disappointed me in 2.3 was the fact that largely the UI stayed unchanged & nothing offered what I'd hoped for.

Plus for me, Samsung = big let down. They've got a lot to prove before I'd personally trust them enough in the quality of device before I'd buy one. If it was an HTC I'd have no doubts.

All the same, like you said, hopefully the HD will get it

Wow, this looks terrible. Gingerbread is looking like a crappy release.
But wait! It has a new theme! I MUST BUY A NEW PHONE /sarcasm

In all seriousness, this took them a year to make?

Owen W said,
Wow, this looks terrible. Gingerbread is looking like a crappy release.
But wait! It has a new theme! I MUST BUY A NEW PHONE /sarcasm

In all seriousness, this took them a year to make?

"Gingerbread is looking like a crappy release."

You should write more reviews. Eloquent wording and well supported opinions!

Owen W said,
Wow, this looks terrible. Gingerbread is looking like a crappy release.
But wait! It has a new theme! I MUST BUY A NEW PHONE /sarcasm

In all seriousness, this took them a year to make?

You could say the same about iOS releases.

My guess is they have added a lot of polish in terms of performance and optimization with battery life, as well as UI.

Owen W said,
Wow, this looks terrible. Gingerbread is looking like a crappy release.
But wait! It has a new theme! I MUST BUY A NEW PHONE /sarcasm

In all seriousness, this took them a year to make?

There is no new theme really. Just slightly changed few elements of the theme. Still there is nothing you that will force you to "uninstall" HTC Sense, SE UI etc. UI is still ugly and desktop isn't so advanced yet as was promised.

Owen W said,
Wow, this looks terrible. Gingerbread is looking like a crappy release.
But wait! It has a new theme! I MUST BUY A NEW PHONE /sarcasm

In all seriousness, this took them a year to make?

This made me laugh. I was scrolling down the page, hoping you'd have commented. I was thinking "that WP7 fanboy with the yellow face avatar must have made some retarded anti-android comment somewhere.... OH HERE IT IS"

Make my day... go on about how BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL WP7 is. So predictable, so funny

Thank you

Owen W said,
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Well for a start, this is a minor-ish version release, so there's no major advancement. But I quite like the UI (which will mean I don't have to hack to get a black notifications bar anymore) and the other improvements are all welcome additions, particularly in performance and the new keyboard. It also, as other people said, didn't take them a year to release, its taken them roughly half that time.

I fail to see how this is a "crappy release" at all

EDIT: Also, the idea isn't that you go out and get a new phone, the idea is that you get your current phone upgraded, like smartphones have been doing for years. Even if your phone is out of support, there's a whole mod community out there getting ready to create a new ROM for your phone so it can unofficially run the new Android version.

Owen W said,
Wow, this looks terrible. Gingerbread is looking like a crappy release.
But wait! It has a new theme! I MUST BUY A NEW PHONE /sarcasm

In all seriousness, this took them a year to make?


Android is open source so go ahead implant NFC in your 2.2 ROM.

Lets see how long it takes you.

Nexus S and gingerbread features are awesome but the Nexus S design is meh though. WP7 now seems far behind

But how many existing users will get to see 2.3 and if they do, how long before manufactures/network providers update their firmware?

SK[ said,]But how many existing users will get to see 2.3 and if they do, how long before manufactures/network providers update their firmware?


Well with the current track record for Samsung and T-Mobile we might see it by 2012...

Same specs as the Vibrant, excluding the Flash for the Camera. Samsung better not feed us "It's not upgradable" to the Owners of the Vibrant, it's the same damn phone..

What ever happened to these being available to all the carriers? Will there be a CDMA version? This is T-Mobile only, right?

Man that first video seems like a waste... But can't wait for the devs to get their hands on this so they can start porting it to other devices.

RedFlow said,
Hopefully this will have someone release a 2.3 ROM for my Original MotoDroid.

Fairly good chance it'll receive at least an unofficial rom, your phones has received every previously released version officially.

Hmmm, handset isn't as good as the HTC Desire HD, and 2.3 is really only better for games - 2 new video codecs and a few visual upgrades. I wish the step was bigger ... will hang onto my Desire HD with 2.2 for a little longer it seems.

jbrooksuk said,
Want want want on my HTC Desire. PLEASE HTC! PLEASE!!!! And don't add Sense This new interface is BEAUTIFUL!

Agreed, I don't think I want 2.3 vanilla compared to 2.3 with Sense which really makes Android a lot better. will wait ... come on HTC, chop chop!

Exosphere said,

Agreed, I don't think I want 2.3 vanilla compared to 2.3 with Sense which really makes Android a lot better. will wait ... come on HTC, chop chop!

Your saying chop chop but HTC doesn't even have access to the source code yet -.-

Exosphere said,

Agreed, I don't think I want 2.3 vanilla compared to 2.3 with Sense which really makes Android a lot better. will wait ... come on HTC, chop chop!

Hope you've got plenty of patience

jbrooksuk said,
Want want want on my HTC Desire. PLEASE HTC! PLEASE!!!! And don't add Sense This new interface is BEAUTIFUL!

Meh, it looks FTL.

thealexweb said,
Your saying chop chop but HTC doesn't even have access to the source code yet -.-
I'm sure HTC gets to play with the source code before 'public' launch.

jbrooksuk said,
Want want want on my HTC Desire. PLEASE HTC! PLEASE!!!! And don't add Sense This new interface is BEAUTIFUL!
The HTC Desire isn't getting 2.3 officially from HTC period (the HD and Z will for sure), I've never seen them release 2 OS updates for any of thier Android devices! secondly of cause HTC with add Sense UI to it, it's how the differentiate themselves from the myriad of other Android handsets (they couldn't even leave WP7 alone!).

However, give it some time and the XDA Developers will release a vanilla ROM of 2.3 for the Desire for those who really want it badly enough. So even though HTC have abandoned the original Desire, XDA has your back

Edited by Xerxes, Dec 7 2010, 1:43am :

SHADOW-XIII said,
awesome, 529$ = 549pounds ... who is stealing ~200pounds and who I need to kick!?

Exactly! How come the UK always gets dumped on with price hikes?

Hollow.Droid said,

Exactly! How come the UK always gets dumped on with price hikes?

Its call Over Regulation, and you should contact your politicians on that one. Support in the UK costs more because you guys get neat stuff like 2-year warranties. That costs money. The amount your workers get paid at HTC London make more money than in other place. That costs money. Guess who gets the bill for all that, you do. So please. Stop it with the rough currency conversions. It is much more complicated than that. It isn't some outside company trying to give UK customers the "royal" (lol) screw. It is they have to recoop the cost of doing business there. What, do you expect them to operate in the UK at a loss?

torrentthief said,
meh, just give me gingerbread on my htc wildfire already!

Hopefully since this is a Galaxy S device, the rest of us (I have Epic 4G) will get 2.3 very quickly. Then again, we did just get 2.2 as of Yesterday, and none of the other Galaxy S devices even have that yet.

MafiotuL said,
What about the price of Nexus S?

Customers can purchase Nexus S for $529 as an unlocked phone without a contract. Nexus S optimized for T-Mobile's network is available for $199 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.

And so has CW: From £35 on contract to £549 SIM-free

http://www.androidcentral.com/node/12569