Samsung Electronics, on Wednesday launched the Nexus S smartphone in the Indian market. Developed in partnership with Google, the Nexus S is powered by Gingerbread (Android 2.3 platform).
Speaking to the media in Chennai Ranjit Yadav, country head, Samsung Mobile and IT said this was the first handset from Samsung featuring a four-inch super clear curved LCD screen and near field communication (NFC) technology that allowed users to read information from nearby tags embedded with NFC chips.
Included in the features of the smartphone are Wi-Fi hotspot, true multitasking and access to over 1.50 lakh applications and widgets on Android market.
The phone is powered by a powerful battery which provides a talk time of up to 6.7 hours on 3G (14 hours on 2G). It comes with a 16GB internal memory. The battery has a standby time of upto 17.8 days on 3G (29.7 days on 2G).
The Nexus S carries a price tag of Rs29,590.
The company has also launched five new Android-powered Galaxy smart phones - Galaxy Pro, Ace, Fit, Pop and Galaxy Pop CDMA priced Rs13,750, Rs17,040, Rs11,870, Rs12,290 and Rs10.500 respectively.
Meanwhile, experts point out that though Google's Android has many different features and powers an immense number of different phones it is not perfect and needs updates periodically. Google is also well aware of this and comes out with updates to the platform periodically.
According to the grapevine, the latest Android update comes with a native version of Google Talk which includes the ability to video chat, on the lines of the iPhone's FaceTime. They say users who have a Nexus S are in for a treat with the update known as the 2.3.4 update.