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Nexus S 4G Official Android 4.0.4 Update Leaked

Written on April 02, 2012 by Kristoff Jones

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Ice Cream Sandwich update for Google's Nexus S 4G surfaces, includes improved WiMAX performance.

Google’s Nexus S 4G got its first bite of Ice Cream Sandwich when mobile news blog BriefMobile posted a leaked copy of the Android 4.0.4 update.

BriefMobile on Sunday posted the leaked update file, complete with installation instructions. The update, which BriefMobile claims as ‘the full official IMM76D ICS ROM’, is said to include an improved WiMAX performance.

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Google Taste Tests Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S

Written on December 05, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Google employees are the lucky guinea pigs and they say it’s tasty!

The fortunate employees of Google are the testers of Android 4.0 installed on the Nexus S. This action means that they are a step closer in actually using the official version of the Ice Cream Sandwich. On the downside, it is still work since they have to discover any bad taste of this tech treat. Early reports are saying that Google employees are actually diggin’ it.

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Google Wallet Goes Live on Sprint Nexus S 4G

Written on September 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Finally! Google has released its own Google Wallet mobile payment system on Sprint Nexus S 4G smartphones.

Google Wallet, a payment system which allows users to swipe their phones to pay for products, officially went active last Monday. The service initially works for Citi MasterCards and the virtual Google Prepaid Card only, but will now be open to rival cards. Other credit cards, such as American Express, Discover, and Visa, are also releasing their NFC features in order to let banks add them to the new mobile payment system.

However, although any store with MasterCard’s PayPass will be a good choice, Google Wallet will only be available on its first smartphone – the Samsung Nexus S – which is offered on Sprint Nextel. Users would need to have the said handset along with Android 2.3.4 and over-the-air update in order to access the Wallet.

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Skype Rolls Out Video Calls for Selected Android Devices

Written on July 01, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Skype is giving out an updated version of its voice call app, as more Android devices acquires front-facing camera and Android 2.3.

Skype released an update of its Android app, which brings video calls to limited Android devices. The Skype video calls for Android will be available for Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro. But expect the list of compatible device to grow longer, as more smartphones are having front-facing camera and being updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Skype is following other companies, like Netflix and Hulu, in making previously unavailable apps accessible to limited devices. Check out the video after the break, to learn more about Skype’s new version of video calls for Android.

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Google Nexus S Gets a Price Cut at £320 and Less

Written on May 16, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Are you eyeing the Google Nexus S on that particular Amazon page? Then you're in for some good news, as the handset gets a less than £320 price cut.

After surpassing the RRP or Recommended Retail Price lifespan, the Google Nexus S gets more affordable at around £320. In addition to this, UK online retailer – Clove – tagged a SIM free, unlocked Google Nexus S by about £318. However, users need to switch to S-LCD screen from the handset’s famed Super AMOLED technology. Good thing, the S-LCD screen has been available since launch.

Other than Clove, other Amazon retailers offer the Google Nexus S for around £325. Considering the handset in question, It’s still a saving worth thinking about. Price drops are emerging everywhere! Are you going to buy your own Google Nexus S now?

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Apple Sues Samsung for ‘Copying’ iPhone and iPad

Written on April 19, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Apple had enough of the iPhone and iPad 'copies', as the company sues Samsung Electronics for copyright charges.

If a friend accidentally picks up your Samsung Galaxy S 4G phone instead of his Apple iPhone 3GS, then something must be wrong. And it looks like Apple realized this, as the fruit company sues Samsung Electronics for allegedly copying the design aesthetics of the iPhone and iPad. The lawsuit was filed over at the Northern District of California last Friday.

From the interface, the technology, down to the design style, a user can easily mistake one for the other. And Apple is charging Samsung for intellectual property violations and damages.

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Google Nexus S: Up for Pre-order in UK

Written on December 13, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Brits can now pre-order the sophomore Google smartphone -- the Google Nexus S. For only £550, they'll get a smartphone that runs on Gingerbread, with built-in NFC and unique curve display.

The sophomore Google smartphone, Google Nexus S, is now available for pre-order in UK. The Google Nexus S will be the first smartphone that will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Featuring a built-in NFC and unique curve display, the SIM-free Google Nexus S costs a hefty £549.95 at Carphone Warehouse. Furthermore, it also anchors a speedy 1GHz processor and dedicated GPU for swift gaming, video streaming and web browsing. If you find the price tag a bit steep, there’s an available two-year contract option wherein you can get the handset for only £35 every month.

Excited to get a hand on the latest Google smartphone? Don’t worry! The Google Nexus S will hit the market by the end of December, and will land on all major UK operators with a variety of plans to choose from.

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HTC Phones for Gingerbread

Written on December 09, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread is officially coming out on Samsung Nexus S. Now, other handset owners are wondering: Will my phone receive an update to Gingerbread? That remains to be seen.

With Android 2.3 Gingerbread officially landing on Samsung Nexus S, the focus is now switching to other handsets. Will your phone receive an update to Gingerbread? That remains to be seen. Still, HTC already gave a confirmation that selected number of their mobile devices will be receiving an update to Gingerbread. However, the company did not name which units it would be. If you own a fairly new HTC handset, such as Droid Incredible or HTC Evo, there is a good chance that you will get an Android 2.3 update. Otherwise, expect disappointments.

For more relevant Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates, Gadg will keep you posted.

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Samsung Nexus S Integrates NXP’s PN544 NFC Chip

Written on December 07, 2010 by Charles Bass

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"We are always looking for creative ways to enhance and extend the utilities of mobile devices with new technologies. With NXP's contribution, the introduction of NFC in Android provides developers, service providers, and device manufacturers a game-changing opportunity to deliver new services while enabling users to interact with each other and the physical world in ways previously not possible." - Eric Chu, Mobile Platforms Program Manager, Google

Last Wednesday, Samsung announced that it had developed its own NFC module, but today, we’ve just learned that it came late for inclusion in the forthcoming Nexus S. NXP Semiconductors came forward today with the proclamation of their direct involvement in the very first handset running Android 2.3.

The outfit’s PN544 NFC controller and accompanying open source software stack will be integrated on Nexus S and they’ve both been validated on Gingerbread. We can never can tell what type of apps are in store for us to make use of this advantage, only time will reveal the whereabouts.

If you want to know the press release here’s the direct link.

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Spotted: Nexus S and Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Written on November 27, 2010 by Charles Bass

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The images XDA Developers got are blurry but the point is clear, the new handset from Samsung called Nexus S is running on Android Gingerbread OS.

While it is no secret that the newest the Samsung smart phone will be carrying the latest of Android OS, certainly people need proof for its existence. Codenamed Nexus S, the device equipped with Android 2.3 OS or Gingerbread platform. The XDA Developers got hold of the handset from an unidentified source and took snapshots of it.

The photos are hard pieces of evedence which confirm both the Nexus S and the Gingerbread OS. Apart from the existence of both the device and OS, the rumor about the Nexus S sporting a thin and curved body that features a convex display is also evident. A few important specs are also revealed all through out the report including the device’s capability to record a 720 HD video. It also has a 5-megapixel camera for taking still shots. The handset will likely be running a Dual Core Orion 1GHz Cortex A9.

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