Well well well, what have we got here? A certain Nexus Two, or ‘Nexus S’ seems to have been caught in action by the folks over at Engadget a couple of times, presenting us with a few lovely screenshots, a peek at what must be Android 2.3, and a close look at the result of hard work between to Samsung and Google to bring us Gingerbread in a lovely new shiny package. Care to take a look?
Thanks to some up close and personal shots that Engadget has managed to ascertain, the speculation can well and truly begin! Looking at the front facing shots, it appears that the phone packs a front facing camera which would presumably allow for video calling action via whichever service you wish from the Android Market.
The developers of Qik were one of the first to make two way video calling happen on Android, and they’re still your best bet in my opinion, so it will be interesting to see if the software is pre-loaded on to the phone ready for users to play with from the go.
The rest of the hardware is constructed from a shiny, black plastic material, and there is one hell of a camera lens round the back of the thing, so I’d be willing to bet that the camera in the Nexus S marks a slight improvement over the 5 megapixel lens found in the Nexus One. You’ll be glad to see that there is a large flash next to that camera round the back of the phone as well, so you should be able to shoot some viewable pictures in less lit areas too.
It seems clear that Samsung don’t want to take away any of the good points that the Nexus One has. The very capable camera with flash is there, and so too is what appears to be a noise cancelling microphone to the right of the camera and flash. Add the Samsung and Google logo, and that’s that for what we know. Unfortunately, there are no solid details on the specs yet, so that will have to be left for debate.
Software (a.k.a Gingerbread?)
We can’t be sure about this, but either the Nexus S is running a skin (which seems unlikely, as it has been described as a “pure” Android experience, in other words, it’s the vanilla Android you’ll find on the Nexus One, or it’s running the new Gingerbread update.
I say this, because from the picture at the top of the post, you may notice that the interface looks a little different. Although the core experience looks identical, the notification bar is black, with green icons, and even a green version of the browser icon. Maybe it’s Froyo with a few minor tweaks, maybe it’s Gingerbread, who knows.
If it is Gingerbread, it leads on to the question of what’s changed? The interface looks pretty identical, so maybe Android 2.3 is just a minor upgrade to make it more tablet friendly, and Honeycomb will bring lots of new features. Truth is, we don’t know, but hopefully we will do very, very soon. We’ll keep you posted, and if you’re looking forward to the Nexus S, or you’re disappointed by it for any reason from these shots, feel free to rant away in the comments!