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Google Nexus S Android Phone Launched

Watch out Apple, BlackBerry and Microsoft, the new Google Nexus S Android mobile is looking for a slice of the smartphone action. But will it live up to the hype?

Known as Gingerbread, the new Android 2.3 Nexus S has been developed with Samsung and is the first smartphone to feature a 4 inch Contour Display that is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face.

As you would expect from a mobile device developed by Google, the Nexus S is packed full of innovation, too. The Nexus S comes with NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be used for items such as contactless payments on public transport and mobile phone payments. It is also increasingly used on Smart posters that allow for NFC interaction.

As smartphones and methods of payment become more advanced NFC is likely to become more popular, and Google are banking on it’s growing appeal with the Nexus S.

Introducing the Nexus S

Nexus S is the first device with Android 2.3, and Google claim it delivers a number of improvements, including user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support, which is especially useful for games.

Other features of the Nexus S include a 1 GHz hummingbird processor with dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), front and rear facing cameras for video chats on the move and 16GB of internal memory.

The Gingerbread SDK/NDK is also now available for App developers and Google have already announced in the coming weeks Gingerbread will be open sourced. The Nexus S already provides access to over 100,000 apps, games, and widgets on Android Market.