Google Nexus S arrives with Android OS 2.3

Google has announced its second Nexus smartphone, the Nexus S.

The handset is built by Samsung and runs Android 2.3 formerly known as Gingerbread. This OS update formally launches with the phone, which will be available to buy within a week or so.

Google says Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and says it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, near-field communication support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support.

Google says the Nexus S is the 'lead device' for the OS. Apart from that there's not a lot to distinguish the handset from its many rivals both out there and in the pipleline.

The phone is available at Carphone Warehouse which claims to have the item in stock. The lowest-cost contract is £35 per month on Vodafone on a two-year deal. This tariff includes 600 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB data. A £40 per month tariff provides 900 minutes, 500 texts and 750MB data.

The phone will be sold exclusively through Best Buy in the US, where it will cost $199 with a two-year T-Mobile USA contract, or $529 without a service contract.