So far, HTC is the only handset manufacturer to indicate the latest release is coming to a handful of their products. LG, however, put a scare into their users yesterday when it stated via Facebook, that its Optimus line of phones would not see Gingerbread.
As promising as the new Samsung Nexus S sounds, there are a few notable issues that might give some potential buyers pause for concern. Yes, the Nexus S could rank as a premier smartphone when it arrives given its new NFC chip, contour display, and Gingerbread, but the advantages over its Nexus One predecessor aren't many.
I think it's only fair to point out some of the items that aren't quite what I expected out of Google. I've spent considerable time playing with various iterations of the Galaxy S line of phones and have found them to be some of the best devices Android has to offer. If you ask me, any one of them would be worth your money, and I hoped that the Nexus S will be on par with its Samsung siblings. But after I compiled the below list, I'm not so sure.
Here six reasons why I'm disappointed with the unveiling of the Nexus S. While none of these are deal breakers for me personally, they might be for someone else. … Read more
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:
Google announces the Nexus S phone
Google opens the Google eBookstore
Amazon wants to compete with Netflix and launch a streaming-only monthly subscription service
Verizon is testing a service that lets you use your cell phone minutes on your home phone line
A new Lara Croft game called Tomb Raider is on its wayNike wants to help you with your 2011 New Year's resolutions by giving away its iPhone app
We can't blame you for getting excited about Google's official Gingerbread announcement--also known as Android 2.3--and all it contains. That said, we wouldn't hold our breath over seeing an Android 2.3 update immediately pop up.
Yes, purchasers of the Google Nexus S will be the first to use the Gingerbread OS update--it'll be available at Best Buy stores in the U.S. starting December 16 and from Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. on December 20. (The Samsung-made Nexus S will cost $529 or with a two-year contract with T-Mobile for $199.)
Everyone … Read more
While there are plenty of user interface changes (we'll get to those), some of the more esoteric back-end changes are also the most impactful to the Gingerbread recipe, especially those that will boost mobile gaming and make two-way video chatting open to all.
On the gaming … Read more
The Nexus S will be sold from Best Buy, both online and in stores, and will be available for purchase on December 16. You can buy it unlocked for $529 or with a two-year contract with T-Mobile for $199. If you happen to live in the U.K., the phone will be available from Carphone Warehouse after December 20.
Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, brings such new enhancements as … Read more
As we draw closer to the release of Gingerbread and the rumored enhancements, Google is currently working to make adjustments to the Android Market.
Improvements started last week with the addition of a "Recent changes" feature for applications. Essentially a dedicated change log for apps and games, it provides users with the details that go into each release of an application. With 325 characters of space to work with, this is the spot where developers can mention bug fixes, support for additional languages, new options, and more.
Though some of the world already has passed into Friday, the rumor that Gingerbread will launch today still could turn out to be true. Expected to be listed as Android 2.3, details of the latest build of the Android OS have been a closely guarded secret thus far. Yet, we can piece together clues and quotes from the last few months to get an idea as to what we should expect.
Interface tweaks Early on, we learned that Gingerbread was going to focus mainly on aesthetics, providing a glossier, more consistent approach to the user interface. That makes sense … Read more
A handful of month-old pictures surfaced online today showing what appears to be the Samsung follow-up to the Nexus One. After news of Best Buy's accidental mention of a Nexus S today, we're starting to see things unfold rather quickly. At this stage, it's not a matter of whether or not the phone exists, but rather a question of when it will appear.
FCC documents are shedding light on the model number for what turn out to be the Nexus S. As pointed out by Android Community, the GT-i9020 looks identical to the images provided to Engadget, … Read more
The wait for Android 2.3 could be over quite soon.
"Prepare your Nexus One (developer version) for Android over-the-air update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days," according to a translation of a tweet in Spanish sent yesterday by Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez.
It can't be immediately confirmed that Vasquez or his prediction is for real. However, Vasquez states on his LinkedIn page that he's been a member of the "leadership team and usability" for the Open Handset Alliance for the past two years. His blog seems to back up his credentials as … Read more