Google Nexus S 4G for Sprint gets official

By on March 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Google Nexus S 4G for Sprint gets official

A Nexus S for Sprint has been heavily rumored in the past, and now it’s official — Google is launching a new version of its latest self-branded smartphone for Sprint. Google tells us that the Nexus S 4G for Sprint is practically identical to the original Nexus S, save for being a tiny bit thicker and heavier since it packs a new radio for CDMA and 4G WiMAX compatibility. The OS is also identical besides the addition of a 4G on / off check box in the settings app. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, though the handset should launch in the coming months. Sprint’s full press release can now be found after the break. More →

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Users reporting Gingerbread update (Android 2.3.3) causes screen discoloration on Nexus S

By on February 25, 2011 at 3:59 PM.

Users reporting Gingerbread update (Android 2.3.3) causes screen discoloration on Nexus S

We’ve received a handful of tips from frustrated Nexus S owners claiming that the recently released Android 2.3.3 update has an unwelcome side effect, screen discoloration. Reports indicate that after the Gingerbread update, the Super AMOLED screen on the Nexus S becomes yellowish and washed out. We’re not sure if Google messed with Android’s color settings, but the difference — as you can see from the picture above — is quite noticeable. Any Nexus S owners out there seeing the same thing? More →

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Google begins pushing Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) to Nexus One, Nexus S

By on February 23, 2011 at 7:12 AM.

Google begins pushing Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) to Nexus One, Nexus S

This is definitely the advantage to owning Google’s anointed developer phone. Via a tweet, the Android maker announced that it has begun pushing out Gingerbread — Android 2.3.3 — to Nexus S and Nexus One handsets via an over-the-air update. The Big G does caution that the rollout may take a “few weeks,” but knowing the Android community, a link for a manual download will surface in the next 24 to 48 hours. Go ahead, hit that “Check for Updates” button a few times… you know you want to. More →

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Best Buy not able to activate Google Nexus S lines, making people pay full retail?

By on December 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM.

Best Buy not able to activate Google Nexus S lines, making people pay full retail?

We just got a report that Best Buy’s new line activation system for T-Mobile is down, and apparently has been for almost a week. One of our readers wrote in to let us know he has been trying to purchase a Google Nexus S with a new T-Mobile line of service, but has been unable to due to Best Buy’s activation issue. After repeated calls to store representatives, one admitted that they are not able to activate his Nexus S with a contract, and that he’d have to pay full retail for the device. We’ve pinged Best Buy for comment, but has anyone else had trouble out there trying to buy a Nexus S with new line of service?

Thanks, Nevan!

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Nexus S gets tear-down treatment from iFixit

By on December 17, 2010 at 2:12 AM.

Nexus S gets tear-down treatment from iFixit

You know what is sitting inside the Nexus S, but have you seen it? If you’re one of those people who prefer to go eyes-on (pics or it didn’t happen) then listen up. The gang over at iFixit have given the newly released Samsung Nexus S a proper tear down. While no real surprises were found under the hood, the brood does offer this warning about the 1500mAh pack found in the device:

Don’t feed this battery to a baby.

Oh, humor. Hit the read link to check out the Nexus S… inside and out. More →

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Google Nexus S giveaway!

By on December 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM.

Google Nexus S giveaway!

Hey, hey, hey! You thought we were going to let the latest (and arguable best) Android handset slip away from your potential grasp? Not a chance. We have a brand new Google Nexus S to giveaway to our fine readers, and here is all you have to do to win one. Ready? Official rules are below!

  • We just soft launched a Buying Guide on BGR — it’s a great resource where we choose our favorite winners for different phone/gadget topics. Check it out and let us know what you think, ok? Feedback is appreciated, so hit us with some comments below!
  • We’ll run the contest for a week, until December 19th at 11:59PM
  • The contest is open worldwide, but you must be at least 18 years or older.
  • The phone is unlocked and supports the 900/1700/2100MHz UMTS bands. This means it’s 3G compatible with T-Mobile in the US, a few Canadian providers, and most European/Asian providers.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook if you’d like!

That’s it! Good luck

P.S. Google tells us that the packaging our Nexus S came in will slightly differ from the retail packaging. The unit you will receive if you win will be a retail unit in retail packaging.

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Google Nexus S hands-on

By on December 10, 2010 at 12:07 PM.

Google Nexus S hands-on

The nice folks in Mountain View, CA were kind enough to shoot us over a Google Nexus S, and we finally have it in our hands. Here are first impressions in addition to a boat load of photos below:

  • The Nexus S feels very solid and is extremely comfortable to hold and use in your hand. It’s the greatest Samsung Galaxy S handset to exist — we’re really loving the shape of the device including the “inverted chin” on the bottom of the phone as well as the contoured glass display. With Gingerbread’s slightly refreshed UI and Samsung’s deep, rich black levels on the display, it’s tough to tell where the screen starts at the top — the design works that well together. As far as the rear of the phone is concerned, well, it’s a high gloss black plastic — Fingerprint Productions, Inc.
  • This might be the fastest Android handset we’ve used — not necessarily because the hardware is so spectacular (it’s obviously top notch, just not mind-numbing), but because of the speed increases and optimizations Gingerbread brings paired with Google’s stock OS with no customizations — this bad boy flies.
  • Touch sensitivity and response on the display makes the phone that much more delightful to use, and again, the screen itself is sharp, vivid, and looks great.
  • The four Android keys beneath the display work well, are touch sensitive, and even light down when a key is selected in addition to giving you a mild haptic feedback buzz.
  • From our very quick speakerphone test, audio didn’t sound all that great, but audio from the ear speaker sounded fine.
  • The way the phone powers off — as rumored, it’s like an old tube TV — is so darn cool we shot a quick video of that and an ultra brief walk through.

Check back for our review of the device in the coming days, and in the meantime, peruse some visuals, why don’t you? We even brought out our Nexus One to meet its new friend. Photos and video after the break!

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Samsung’s Nexus S officially outed [Updated]

By on November 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM.

Samsung’s Nexus S officially outed [Updated]

Well that didn’t take long. Hours after the Best Buy snafu, Engadget managed to get their hands on a half-dozen images of the next “Google phone.” So here’s what we know. The device will carry the model name GT-I9020 (the unbranded Galaxy S is the GT-I9000) have a front-facing video camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and — according to a model that recently crossed the FCC’s desk — T-Mobile’s AWS 3G bands. All that’s left is for the official unveiling from Google and or Samsung. Hit the read link to check out the other images.

UPDATE: AndroidPolice have acquired a document from Best Buy that indicates Nexus S floor displays could go live in-stores by November 14th. [Read] More →

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Nexus One getting Android 2.3 OTA this week?

By on November 8, 2010 at 8:09 AM.

Nexus One getting Android 2.3 OTA this week?

Alright, we don’t want to get everyone all riled up on a Monday morning, but this next bit of speculative news is pretty exciting. Recently, a gentlemen by the name of Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez let go a pretty exciting tweet. The 160 character quip, which was written in Español, roughly translates as:

Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days :-D

A quick look at Mr. Vasquez’s LinkedIn profile reveals the following position:

Leadership team and usability at Open Handset Aliance (sic) | Google Andoid (sic)

Assuming that “Aliance” means Alliance, and “Andoid” means Android, this is pretty big news. The Open Handset Alliance is “a group of 78 technology and mobile companies who have come together to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience,” explains the group’s homepage. “Together we have developed Android, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.”

Will we see Android 2.3 drop in the “next few days”? Man, we hope so. More →

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Will the Nexus Two be a Galaxy S refresh made by Samsung?

By on October 29, 2010 at 9:43 AM.

Will the Nexus Two be a Galaxy S refresh made by Samsung?

According to Gizmodo, yes. The blog is reporting that a “friend” of theirs actually got some hands-on time with the Samsung heir to the Nexus throne. The device, which is being referred to as the Nexus Two, was described as “black and shiny” with a 4-inch AMOLED display (we would assume Super AMOLED since it’s Samsung), front-facing camera, and roughly the same proportions as the current Galaxy S offerings in the U.S. (not including the Epic 4G). The “friend” also said the device’s software, which was a stock version of Android, was “very buggy.” We have to admit, the thought of Galaxy S hardware running an unmolested version of Android has piqued our interest. Samsung has a media event scheduled for November 8th where, most blogs agree, the company will announce their Continuum handset. Could this be Samsung’s equivalent of “one more thing?” We hope so.

UPDATE: PCMag’s Sascha Segan just posted an article of his own on the rumored device. The post had this to say on the matter: “The unnamed, unlocked Samsung phone is not coming out at an event on November 8, my sources said.” Although earlier in the post he did admit, “Samsung is working on an unlocked Android device that looks like the one in Gizmodo’s pictures. But it may not be called ‘Nexus Two.'”

Note: Above image is a mock-up. Image credit to Gizmodo. More →

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Steve Jobs disses Adobe and calls BS on Google

By on January 31, 2010 at 2:40 PM.

Steve Jobs disses Adobe and calls BS on Google

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If you had any doubts about Steve Jobs’ confidence and convictions after returning to Apple from his sick leave, it’s time you leave those at the door. The revered CEO announced a hotly anticipated device last week and followed up by burning the competition. On Google, Steve Jobs said that its motto “Don’t be evil” is bullshit (Steve’s words, not ours). Clearly, Steve-o isn’t phased by the Nexus One while he boasts the three billion apps sold from the Apple app store. Regarding Adobe, Steve apparently went on to say they’re lazy and are squandering so much potential. Wow. And Flash? According to Steve, no one will be using Flash in the future; it’s going to be all about HTML5.

Is Steve Jobs’ boisterous attitude completely without warrant? Or is he just telling it like it is? Let us know your thoughts. More →

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Google offers 3G fix for Nexus One, puts a little blame on T-Mobile coverage

By on January 26, 2010 at 2:17 PM.

Google offers 3G fix for Nexus One, puts a little blame on T-Mobile coverage

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Nothing upsets geeks more than grabbing a gadget the moment it becomes available only to find issues with it. Google feels your pain when it comes to your 3G connectivity woes on the Nexus One. Currently, Google is in the process of testing a software fix and the results look promising. Assuming everything gets sorted and fixed on Google’s end, the software update will become available via an OTA download. However, Google also claims that the 3G issues might be because of T-Mobile’s 3G footprint. Those living in fringe areas, or the edges of T-Mobile’s 3G coverage, can’t be helped because it’s beyond Google’s control. Funny, we didn’t hear too many complaints about 3G connectivity with the G1 or myTouch 3G. Though maybe people just had lower expectations then. More →

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Google Nexus One docs get leaked: $530 unsubsidized, $180 with plan

By on December 29, 2009 at 8:12 PM.

Google Nexus One docs get leaked: $530 unsubsidized, $180 with plan

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Further details about the Nexus One have emerged since we reported about its exclusivity with Google this morning. It will be apparently be sold by Google for $530 unsubsidized, and $180 with a T-Mobile plan. If you do sign up for a plan and cancel within 120 days of purchase, you’ll have to cough up the remainder of the total cost of the phone — $350, or return the phone to Google. The leaked docs also offer the following tidbits:

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