1. Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 1:46 pm by Andy
    Nexus S

    Samsung version on it's way?

    The Google Nexus S has been available for almost a week but now Samsung looks ready to remove the Google branding and rename the underlying hardware as the Galaxy S2, in order to make the most out of this cutting edge smartphone which it manufactures in-house.

    This would be a repeat of the steps taken by HTC earlier in 2010, when it launched the Nexus One for Google and then slapped its own software and an improved optical trackpad onto the bare bones of the phone, to create the Desire, one of the most highly praised handsets in recent memory.

    Reports in a Korean newspaper have hinted at the plans for the Samsung Galaxy S2, which means specs including Android 2.3, Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities and a curved four inch Super AMOLED display, would be available under an alternative brand name.

    Samsung will probably choose to put its own user interface over the top of the vanilla Android offering, just as HTC did when it added Sense to the Desire, so users would be getting a different experience to the Nexus S if they opt for the Galaxy S2 as an alternative.

  2. Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 9:49 am by Andy

    The Samsung Galaxy SThe multi-million selling Samsung Galaxy S is destined to get an update that will bring Android 2.3 to the smartphone, after an official announcement from the manufacturer.

    This is no big surprise since the upcoming Google Nexus S is essentially a spruced-up Galaxy S with Google branding and so transposing the latest version of the platform onto its sibling, should be relatively straightforward.

    This news was broken via Samsung’s official Twitter account for its Indian operation. Quite when Android 2.3 will actually make its way to the Galaxy S handsets in the UK is unknown, but the fact that it is coming at all can be counted as a good thing.

    Various improvements to the software are made in Android 2.3, including an augmented copy and paste feature and better mobile gaming credentials integrated into the platform.

    The Samsung Galaxy S has been one of the success stories of the year, with more than five million sold since its launch and particularly positive reviews from the media causing many to consider it an equal of the iPhone 4. The Nexus S may steal some of its thunder but a price war could put it in reach of many more consumers this Christmas.

  3. Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 11:11 am by Andy

    Google Nexus SGoogle is set to launch its second own-brand smartphone, the Nexus S, in the UK on the 20th of December, just days before Christmas.

    Reports suggest that it will be making an appearance via both Best Buy and the Carphone Warehouse upon its arrival, with a variety of deals in store and pre-orders set to start four days ahead of its arrival.

    The Google Nexus S sports the same four inch Super AMLED display as found on the Samsung Galaxy S and Omnia 7. It also has a five megapixel camera with HD video capture combined with a 1GHz processor and up to 16GB of onboard storage.

    What makes the Google Nexus S so important is the fact that it will arrive with version 2.3 of the Android operating system onboard. This will have new features including NFC (near field communication) that will allow owners to turn their smartphones into a digital wallet.

    It is good to see that Google is set to expand its own brand range of handsets and even though the original Nexus One did not sell as well as hoped, its successor looks to have a wealth of features that could make it a hit.