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Google Nexus S Receives First OTA Update

US users of the Google Nexus S smartphone have started to receive an "over the air" update for Gingerbread, one named Android 2.3.1.

The update comes a few days after the release of the Nexus S in the US and a few hours after its launch in the UK where Android 2.3.1 will be released soon.

It will update a few bugs that have appeared in the latest version of Google Maps for Android v5, plus it seems to fix a speed issue with the onboard web browser.

Carphone Warehouse slashed the price of the Google Nexus S by £120, days before the device went on sale. The firm refunded early buyers who paid the full price when preordering the handset at launch.

The Nexus S is essentially a reworked version of the Samsung Galaxy S; they share the same underlying hardware with a few minor differences.

The Nexus S doesn't have a FM radio or a microSD card reader but it does support NFC, have a curved screen, 16GB onboard storage and the all important upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3.1.

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.