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All posts tagged "nexus s"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We Are Nexus S: Resistance Is Futile

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Talk" @ 07:30 PM

"This weekend, I set aside my G2x and bought my third Nexus S. I'm not bragging, mind you. I certainly can't afford to own three $500 phones (I sold the first two). Quite the opposite, actually: after having recently owned both the G2x and the Atrix, I bought this phone with a feeling of resignation, defeat, and disappointment that I've been unable to find a proper replacement for a phone that launched nearly half a year ago."

How true. These, among a few other, are the reasons I still carry my Nexus One. For me it is the software more than anything. I will not own an HTC branded phone, I do NOT want Sense. I will not own a Motorola phone as I refuse to use Motoblur. Even Samsung cannot leave well enough alone. Give me stock Android any day. I must admit that I am a hardware spec junkie, so I am willing to accept a few more issues in that area than on the software front but I cannot argue with Chris' point on making it purely a hardware race and letting everything else fall by the wayside. How about you guys? Ever had a phone or device that you just kept coming back to time and time again?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Netflix Now Available on Select Devices; More to Come

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 02:00 PM

"Now Android users can browse movies, manage their instant queue, and watch movies right from their phone. You can even pick up watching movies from where you left off on your TV or computer."

Awesome news from Netflix today! Even though the number of devices is currently pretty limited (mostly HTC devices, with the Nexus S thrown in for good measure; all running 2.2 and up), Netflix says that they are working to bring access to as many devices as they can "in the coming months."

Are you excited about this development? Or are you waiting for it to start working on the tablets before getting too excited? Let us know in the forum.

Tags: htc, netflix, nexus s

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Video Chat: Coming Soon to an Android Near You

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 02:00 PM

"Sometimes, the expressions on a person's face can mean much more than what they say. To help you stay in touch with your friends and family, we're launching Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones."

Nexus S users, rejoice! Video chat is coming soon to your device via the 2.3.4 update.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gingerbread Update Coming to Nexus S Users

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Software" @ 05:00 PM

"Instead of hopelessly checking for updates until the time is right, the Powers That Be are now offering the upgrade as a manual download to anyone who is already running 2.3.3 on the i9020T (the AWS-equipped model)."

If you meet the requirements and just can't wait, the 2.3.4 update is ready for manual application. Otherwise you can wait for the OTA which should be arriving soon on applicable devices.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gingerbread Updates Now Ready for Your Nexus One or Nexus S

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android News" @ 07:30 AM

Well looky here; just a couple of days after announcing that the 2.3.3 Gingerbread OTA update was coming for the Nexus One and Nexus S the zip files have shown up as well. For those of you (like me) who are too impatient to wait for the OTA, you can download the files from the following links:

Nexus One: FRG83G to GRI40

Nexus S: GRH78 to GRI40 or GRH78C to GRI40

Android Central has great step-by-step instructions for applying the update to the Nexus One. The only difference for the Nexus S is that you hold the volume rocker up when you power up in step 4.

I just applied the update to my N1. After the break I'll share my thoughts on the update process and my initial impression of the update.


Monday, February 14, 2011

What Do You Love About Your Android Phone?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 07:00 AM

It's Valentine's day, and apparently, as the above would suggest, New York City loves Android (Actually this was a frontpage ad for metroPCS's contest and the LG Optimus M). I figured it's as good a day as any to ask our readers what they love about their phones. Personally I'm hooked by the flexibility of the OS - if I want to do it, build it, or access it, I can do so on my Android device. No walled gardens for this kid. Oh, and the picture above - shot on my Nexus S, of course!

So what's the hook (or hooks) for you - what do you love about your Android phone?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Nexus S to be Available Soon at Subsidized Pricing in the UK

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 08:00 AM

"...Nexus S™ will soon be available in Vodafone stores around the world. The world’s first handset to come powered by the latest version of the Android™ platform known as Gingerbread..."

I love what Google tried to do with the Nexus One in getting a clean Google phone available as an option on all US carriers. It's too bad they were not very successful. I'm glad to see other companies around the world willing to offer the Nexus S at their subsidized pricing! I'm glad there are a ton of unique Android phones to choose from but I still think everyone should be able to get a clean Android phone on the carrier of their choice. I'm excited to see that Vodafone is moving in the right direction. Verizon, can you hear me now?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Canada To Get The Nexus S: Might Work On AT&T?!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 01:00 PM

"Following up on a lead that suggested Samsung's Google Nexus S is coming to AT&T, we did some investigating, and learned that a variant does indeed exist which might land on what recently became the nation's largest carrier."

I think everyone assumed/hoped that it would happen sooner or later but this is a bit sooner than I expected. Far from being official, PocketNow has done a little digging over at the Bluetooth SIG site and discovered another version of the Nexus S that seems to indicate that it might support the 3G bands required for use in North America. While it's doubtful that AT&T themselves will sell the Nexus S hopefully those of us clinching to our Nexus Ones for dear life might have the opportunity to purchase one of these lovely toys. Will my desire for an unlocked, un-carriered phone outweigh my desire for the dual core goodness soon to come our way? Only time will tell. How about you guys? Would you purchase an AT&T compatible Nexus S if it were to become available?

Tags: samsung, at&t, nexus s

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Nexus One And Nexus S Both Receive SMS Bug Fix

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 08:00 PM

"Not to be outdone by the Samsung Vibrant update, both the Nexus one and Nexus S are received updates last night."

Just relax Nexus One owners... This isn't the update you're looking for. Samsung has reported that the 2.3.2 update currently rolling out to Nexus S users is to address the dreaded Android SMS bug. The Nexus One also received an update to Android 2.2.2. Without any official word from Google one can probably assume that the Nexus One update also addresses the same SMS bug. If you haven't received the OTA update yet and just can't wait (like me) follow the read link for download locations and instructions for both devices. I've updated my Nexus One and haven't' really noticed anything different but I had never experienced the SMS bug to begin with. Any Nexus owners out there had this update pushed out to them?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Get Cyanogen Mod 7 Alpha for Your Nexus S

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 11:00 AM

Did you get a Nexus S for Christmas? Want a little more hard-core Android love for that pure Google device? Here you go! It's great to see so much development going on for so many Android devices. Of course it's expected for the Nexus S but it sure didn't take them long! It's available via ROM Manager.

Monday, December 20, 2010

48 Hours With a Nexus S

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 07:00 AM

It got here around 48 hours ago, and I've got some interesting observations on the newest Nexus phone. So how does the gingerbready goodness stack up to the bar set by it's older brother, the Nexus One? Well let's talk about it in my Micro-Review-Quick-Look! Read more...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Anyone Else Order a Nexus S?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 08:30 AM

I gave in to the temptation and placed my order this morning at around 8:08 AM EST. Anyone else cave in and pony up some cash for this beauty? Hopefully the overnight shipping will kick in and I can tell you all about my first impressions sometime this weekend. As for now, I'm going to wait in anticipation, and be thankful that my gadget fund can support purchases like this!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Best Buy Offering Nexus S Beginning December 16th

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 05:00 PM

"The Samsung Nexus S and Android 2.3 are set to make their retail debut later this week at a Best Buy near you."

Beginning at 8am, the Samsung Nexus S will be available from Best Buy. The Nexus S will include Android 2.3. Plus, Best Buy will have demo units in all of its locations so you can take a peek and decide if you would like to purchase it. And if you do want to purchase, it will cost $529 without a contract and $199.99 with a two year agreement on T-mobile.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nexus S Review: The Good, The Bad, And The OMG I Want One!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"It can be difficult to review a phone like Google's Nexus S in a world already populated by so many outstanding Android devices. Not only does the manufacturer of this phone make a series of handsets that are all essentially the same (the Galaxy S line), but countless other OEMs are cranking away on hardware for the platform. Of course, the Nexus S is a decidedly different phone altogether. Picking up where the company's Nexus One left off, the S continues Google's legacy of creating standalone, "pure Android" phone experiences, seemingly aimed less at the mainstream and more towards developers."

Here it is, folks. Engadget gave the Nexus S a thorough going over in their review of the device and I have to say, it's pretty swanky. I'm still not sure that I'm ready to ditch my Nexus One for this tasty new treat but it sure is tempting. My decision balances on knowing that there is much better hardware than this right around the corner vs. knowing that this will probably be the only "pure" Google device for quite some time. I do NOT want a carrier branded device with some crazy UI tweaks or bloatware. Plus I just dropped way too much money on desk and car docks for my Nexus One. If an AT&T banded version of this device drops early next year I may have a much lighter wallet... but we shall see. Anyone out there plan on picking up a shiny new Nexus S? If so can I play with it? ;)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gingerbread and Nexus S Announced

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 12:00 PM

"The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008. Just over two years later, Android's vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices. Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide. The volume and variety of Android devices continues to surpass our wildest expectations-but we're not slowing down. Today, we're pleased to introduce the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, and unveil the next Android device from the Nexus line of mobile products-Nexus S. And for developers, the Gingerbread SDK/NDK is now available as well."

Well, it's official. We've got a new version that's being released to developers, and even is on a production device, the Nexus S. Not looking too shabby Google, now let's see how long it takes us Nexus One users to get it!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nexus S Shown Off At Web 2.0, Gingerbread "In The Next Few Weeks"

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 09:30 AM

"It was rumored that Google CEO Eric Schmidt would bring us some Gingerbread news at his Web 2.0 Summit appearance today. Well, sure enough, Android 2.3 made an appearance."

Google CEO Eric Schmidt made an appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday wielding none other than the Google Nexus S! Not a whole lot was learned about the device other than it's ability to read NFC chips. This would allow the device to be waved over a sensor at a cash register then choose how you would like to pay. Wouldn't you like to buy your groceries with Google Checkout or PayPal? Regardless of the lack of information this device looks amazing and it is super thin to boot. Here's hoping the rumors are true about the new dual core Samsung CPU. Maybe this is an upgrade from my Nexus One after all....

On top of all of that, Mr. Schmidt just so happened to mention that Gingerbread would be rolling out "In the next few weeks". I'm hoping that it lands before the holiday so that I will have plenty of time to sit and play while my uncle yells at the football game on TV.

Friday, November 12, 2010

This Isn't The Nexus S You're Looking For... Or Is It?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 09:30 AM

Samsung denied it, Google said it ain't so... but here it is. A pile of leaks surrounding this phone that doesn't exist came to light this week to build a rather convincing story. Yes, Virginia, there is a Nexus S. Through several Best Buy leaks, to EXIF photo information, to some hands on picks the Nexus S seems to be a hard device to keep under wraps. I, for one, am VERY excited about this phone. I haven't owned a carrier branded phone in many a year and don't plan to any time soon. Even though this device may not be enough of an upgrade over my Nexus One to justify the purchase (especially if there is no AT&T 3G support) it keeps my hopes alive that there may still be a "pure" Google phone out there when I next choose to upgrade. Anyone else looking to purchase the new and improved Nexus?

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