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Google Debuts Samsung-built Nexus S Smartphone

Google has launched its second Nexus smartphone, dubbed the Nexus S, one which is built by Samsung rather than Taiwanese partner HTC.

The phone comes less than one year after the launch of the Nexus one and is unlikely to be followed by a Samsung-version of the handset as it was the case with the HTC Desire which was both cheaper and slightly different from the Nexus one.

The Nexus S has gone on sale in the US and in the UK where it is already available on preorder at Carphone Warehouse with a tentative delivery date for later this month.

It is the first handset to come with Android OS 2.3, formerly known as Gingerbread, and is also the first to feature Near Field Communications from NXP, one which will allow "touch and swipe" processes à la Oyster.

Whether the Nexus S will be a success will depend almost entirely on its exclusive distributor, Carphone Warehouse, which has a strategic partnership with US giant retailer Best buy.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.