Pictures of Nexus S and Gingerbread finally leak

Gingerbread 2.3     Nexus S

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and showing appreciation for the people in our lives. Well, the good ol' boys over at XDA have decided to show their thanks to the Android community with a little something we like to call "Mr. Blurrycam Photos."

The photos are of the unreleased Android 2.3 OS (aka Gingerbread) and the unreleased Samsung Nexus S superphone. Both are expected to launch in the coming weeks and have been highly anticipated, yet kept very hush hush. In the photos, you will see a glimpse of the re-skinned Android UI which now looks cleaner and less cartoonish. You will also see that a lot has been blacked out, leading us to believe that there are still some things that ever the anonymous image leaker isn't allowed to share with the world just yet.

The Nexus S phone seems to be extremely sleek. We've already seen it handled by Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, back at the Web 2.0 Summit, but these images emphasize just how thin and curvy Samsung managed to get it. XDA is reporting the following specs for the mysterious device:

  • ArmV7 CPU – Could be Dual Core
  • Open GL ES Supported
  • 512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
  • 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
  • 800×480 Screen Resolution
  • 4″ Screen Size
  • SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
  • 720P HD Video

You can view the rest of the images in the gallery below. XDA says that they've got more coming, so keep checking back with them for more leakage.

 

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AnthoWin said,
No one mentioned the resolution - where's my 'Retina display'?!

(super)AMOLED pretty much owns the retina display. Only minor downside if you will for some is slightly over saturation of colours.

Hope my nexus one and desk top and car dock sale will cover cost of nexus s! Hope desktop and car dock for nexus s will go on sale!

I sincerely hope this is not googles idea of the NEXT thing from google, first of all, I think samsung phones suck. screens are awesome but the rest is ****, this phone has less memory, .3" larger screen and twice the storage of the nexus one, NOT very ground breaking, if google is content to use "old" hardware why not use the desire HD ?? its far more beautiful, and has better specs!

Is this Android 3.0 capable ya think? Early reports on Gingerbread touted it as Android 3.0, but really would they skip 7 rev #'s?

DATmafia said,
Is this Android 3.0 capable ya think? Early reports on Gingerbread touted it as Android 3.0, but really would they skip 7 rev #'s?
There will not be 7 revs. Android 3.0 is scheduled for March/April 2011 according to reports. 3.0 will also work on Nexus One so I don't see why it won't work on Nexus S. However, hardware specific features such as NFC would not be available on older phones. (Duh!)

Vinay Kumar said,
I was hoping for something new in design, looks the same apart from the notification bar -1

Get yourself some glasses.

Owen W said,
OH WOW. Actually, this looks worse than Froyo now.

How so? I think its a decent improvement. Not revolutionary by any stretch, but still and improvement (obviously YMMV).

Owen W said,
OH WOW. Actually, this looks worse than Froyo now.

I don't think these pictures will really do it justice - it's stuff like the pulldown notification bar that just looks...actually somewhat designed rather than thrown together by some developers. it looks 'crisp' as opposed to iOS' shiny or WinPhone's minimalism.

Owen W said,
OH WOW. Actually, this looks worse than Froyo now.

Agreed. Gingerbread needed a serious aesthetic boost for the call/phone, contacts, lock, and messaging screens. The home screen is perfect on Froyo. These buttons in Gingerbread look like crap. They're too boxy like WP7. One thing I enjoy about Touch Wiz is the puzzle piece lock screen--hate just about everything else. The notification menu has improved.
I will wait for my update to make my final judgment. I'm curious as to how animated Gingerbread actually is. And will it have accelerated software? The UI needs to be smoother.

i reckon these are fakes, if someone had these in there hand then surely they would make a short video, or get a decent camera and take some shots, too grainy and cheap

Jimmy Little said,
i reckon these are fakes, if someone had these in there hand then surely they would make a short video, or get a decent camera and take some shots, too grainy and cheap

that NEVER happens. all these phones with 720p video capabilities and 5.0+ megapixels cameras keep coming out, yet all leaked pictures are always blurry.

Like a wise neowinian said once, there are 5 elemental forces in the universe: weak nuclear, strong nuclear, electromagnetic, gravity and leakphotoblurrity.

SK[ said,]Shame unrooted phones will most likely never see 2.3.

The lack of updates for some Android phones has been really blown out of proportion, more than 40% of Android devices already have 2.2, yes some companies drag their feet but some have done well to keep devices up to date, e.g. Motorola have pushed every version of Android to the original Droid since it was released.

SK[ said,]Shame unrooted phones will most likely never see 2.3.

That's FUD, the reality is that Android phones on average are updated far more often than any other phones.

If Google didn't announce updates before manufacturers/carriers have them ready, nobody would ever talk about "fragmentation".

I personally prefer to know about Android's development, even if that means being told about an update some time before it's ready for my phone!!

So... What you are saying is stick to the main vendors and popular phones and you are almost guaranteed and update... Hmmm... Somehow I like the MS version better where I can be guaranteed that I'll get an update for my phone even if I get the HW that I like but may not be a popular version of the phone, and every version of my apps will work. Before someone accuses me of Trolling, I just want to say that I do have an Android phone, but am not happy with the delays it took to get 2.2 on it. I see the advantages to HW manufacturers going with the MS model. no more expenses trying to get the sw to work on your HW... Just make good HW and add on where you want. IE DLNA or better camera sw etc..

thealexweb said,

The lack of updates for some Android phones has been really blown out of proportion, more than 40% of Android devices already have 2.2, yes some companies drag their feet but some have done well to keep devices up to date, e.g. Motorola have pushed every version of Android to the original Droid since it was released.

Kirkburn said,
Yes, and the article already says so.
I was referring to the headline "Pictures of Nexus S and Gingerbread finally leak". Simply to draw attention huh? LOL

if those specs are true, sounds a bit rubbish... think i'll wait for the dual core 1080p capture capable ones to roll round and see how they are lol.

As for 2.3 well looks good but unlikely HTC will release it for the desire unfortunately.

SuperHans said,

Source?

HTC's own reflection of releasing updates... where's the 2.2 update the Z & HD got for the desire... nowhere... so more then likely gingerbread will be the same and we'll be left with 2.2 in it's current state.

Digitalx said,

HTC's own reflection of releasing updates... where's the 2.2 update the Z & HD got for the desire... nowhere... so more then likely gingerbread will be the same and we'll be left with 2.2 in it's current state.

We have to deny gingerbreads existence at HTC

chrispinto said,

We have to deny gingerbreads existence at HTC

Well of course but also deny any update existence too at the suffering or cost of consumers who paid a lot for the devices which don't get kept updated the desire (classic if you will) still has plenty of life left in it to slice through the froyo updates and gingerbread, but HTC don't think it does or they're just inept to be able to offer it which they should be focusing on as a priority.

Imagine a world in which microsoft released a new version of windows for every new device an OEM put out and not being able to upgrade despite other devices being fully capable of running it. This is the world HTC live in with Android. Quietly brilliant at doing sweet f all to customers and only buyers. lol.

Digitalx said,

HTC's own reflection of releasing updates... where's the 2.2 update the Z & HD got for the desire... nowhere... so more then likely gingerbread will be the same and we'll be left with 2.2 in it's current state.

Am I missing something or are you? The Desire, Desire Z, Desire HD all have 2.2

Digitalx said,

HTC's own reflection of releasing updates... where's the 2.2 update the Z & HD got for the desire... nowhere... so more then likely gingerbread will be the same and we'll be left with 2.2 in it's current state.

What are you talking about? I have 2.2 on my Desire, it was available to me several months after the official release. The only thing that took so long was for it to filter through the damned carrier (O2).

I've heard rumors that HTC are bringing the HD ROM from the Desire HD & Z to the Desire too.

Digitalx said,
if those specs are true, sounds a bit rubbish... think i'll wait for the dual core 1080p capture capable ones to roll round and see how they are lol.

As for 2.3 well looks good but unlikely HTC will release it for the desire unfortunately.

Yep the Desire is not getting 2.3, it's pretty much all but confirmed.

All the evidence is written on the wall. Firstly, HTC usually only update the OS once (HTC Hero anyone?) and secondly the Desire is a legacy device now (the Desire HD and Z replace it). I'd love to be proven wrong but it's not looking that hopeful. However, if your that desperate for 2.3 I'm sure the XDA Developers will port it to the Desire anyway.

EDIT: You also need to remember HTC have a very fast release cycle and they tend to only focus on their latest models, by the time 3.0 comes around the successor to the HD/Z will probably be released and the HD/Z probably won't get updated (officially) to 3.0 either. Just seems to be how it works at HTC, well it's how I perceive it at any rate so take with a grain of salt.

Edited by Xerxes, Nov 26 2010, 12:41am :

SuperHans said,

What are you talking about? I have 2.2 on my Desire, it was available to me several months after the official release. The only thing that took so long was for it to filter through the damned carrier (O2).

I've heard rumors that HTC are bringing the HD ROM from the Desire HD & Z to the Desire too.

GNRambo said,

Am I missing something or are you? The Desire, Desire Z, Desire HD all have 2.2

They have the updated 2.2 roms with new htc sense features etc desire (classic) doesn't it's only got original 2.2 release and no sign of any update at all what so ever. Rumors can be made up pretty simple but the company hasn't said a single thing nor even hinted at possibility of offering it. So given that attitude of zilch to a simple GUI update, I think it's pretty safe to say we won't be seeing 2.3 within next 6 months if at all.

Tom W said,
Looks like a good start to a better android ui. It's funny that whenever pictures leak they are always blurry

Seriously? It looks just as bad as before

Owen W said,

Seriously? It looks just as bad as before

UI is not only the look... that's also better positioning of the icon button etc...

NesTle said,

UI is not only the look... that's also better positioning of the icon button etc...

In that regard Android is perfect already... by far the most intuitive/useful/powerful UI.

It only doesn't look that good...

drphysx said,

In that regard Android is perfect already... by far the most intuitive/useful/powerful UI.

It only doesn't look that good...

I'm a Android user/fanatic. But it's far from perfect. Especially for larger devices (tablets)

The black notifications bar looks so much more professional. I like how the buttons are less rounded too. Still not a fan of the dock, but that's where LauncherPro comes in.

Frankly I'll be a little surprised if the Nexus S comes with less than a half-gig of memory, since that's fairly standard with the current crop of high-end Androids.

P.S. That guy needs to hold his camera better, The images are cack!

david said,
Was hoping Gingerbread was more further along. If graphical changes are planned. =[
They changed the icons on the top

jasonon said,
They changed the icons on the top

Yeah, and black bar. I was hoping for something really different.

david said,

Yeah, and black bar. I was hoping for something really different.

It's likely that 3.0 will have the big UI update, since its a major version bump.