Google has just confirmed that they will shortly be launching the second Google phone called the Google Nexus S. This phone will run on Android 2.3 technology, also known as Gingerbread.
Google had launched their first handset, the Google Nexus last January, but it was available only through online channels, to which they did not receive a very good response.
This time, Google has decided to play safe. The Nexus S phone will be available online as well as through stores.
The phone will be available in the U.S. from the 16th of December. Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile will be selling the phone. It will be available unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan and will cost $529.
In the U.K. the phone will be available from the 20th of December through Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers. It will be available free with £35 per month contracts or £549.95 SIM-free.
The Nexus S will be manufactured by Samsung, unlike the Nexus One, which was manufactured by HTC. The Nexus S will be the first handset in the market to run on the new Android 2.3 operating system.
Other specifications of the phone include a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-in-1 Super Amoled Screen, 5-Megapixel back and front facing camera, 16 GB internal storage and NFC (Near Field Communication) hardware that allows users to use the phone as a credit card to make payments, provided the service provider enables such a service.
While Google no doubt hopes to be able to cash in on the holiday season by launching the phone just before Christmas, one wonders, if the timing is not just a bit late, especially in the U.K. as a lot of people may have finished their Christmas shopping before the new phone is actually launched.