Google has announced that it will be selling the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus directly to US customers via Google Play for only $399 as an unlocked and unbranded handset.
The phone will get Google Wallet mobile payment application which makes it an excellent all rounder given that it has NFC capabilities and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It is not known whether Google will extend the price cut to other countries - including the UK - where the Nexus S competes with the Samsung Galaxy S2 and to a lesser extent, with the Galaxy Note.
The handset, which was released last year, costs around £400 and was the first smartphone to come with a 1,280 by 720 pixels screen resolution (displayed on a Contour display) and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It carried a dual core TI OMAP4460 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB RAM, up to 32GB onboard storage, a five megapixel camera with full HD video recording, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, a 1750mAh battery on the HSPA+ version but no microSD card slot.
Source : Google Blog