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AndrewL9008

I know a lot of us were thinking this last month, but now, after CES, the Nexus S really seems like it was launched at the wrong time.

After all the new android sets that were announced at the show this week, it really seems kind of pointless. We know Samsung is right around the corner from having their own dual-core chips, and they had two phones shown off with the next iteration of their display tech (super AMOLED plus), and now there's hints that android 2.4 may be coming very soon with extra features that Google didn't have time for in the gingerbread release. I can't see why they absolutely had to have a new Nexus out in December instead of a month or two later. Why didn't they just wait??

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Chrysalid

Honestly, I get where you're coming from, but at the same time, this phone is fast and smooth, has stock gingerbread (none of the phones announced at CES had any form of Gingerbread) and is just an all-around great phone.

2.3 is yet to be optimized for multi-core cpu's so really, we're talking about 6 months for a version of android capable of taking advantage of hardware just announced, at which point some of these phones may just be getting around to having 2.3. Give them another's 6 months to catch up, and then it's been a year and thus time for the third-gen Nexus.
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doogald

It's nice to have a completely stock Android reference phone for each new version. I can't recall if the Nexus S has an unlockable bootloader, but I imagine that all of the new handsets coming out will be running some OEM and carrier proprietary cruft. And because it's "cruft"-free, if there really is a 2.4 coming out, it should be available on this handset pretty fast.

It's not necessary for these "pure" phones to be huge sellers, I'm just glad that they are available to developers who want them.
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AndrewL9008

Totally agree with each response here! The phone is great as it is, and we do need to have a stock phone for devs and enthusiasts. The problem with this argument is that the Nexus One still exists. It's pure and un-messed with, and out there for those who want it. And it's specs are nearly identical to the new nexus. And it can get gingerbread or any new updates right away of course. So my original thought still stands.. why did they release a new phone of their own which is hardly different from the previous one, and do it right before the wave of next generation hardware? It seems to me like they should have just stuck it out a little longer with the original N1 and let that carry the torch so to speak, until there was real reason to release a successor to it, apart from an NFC chip and curved display. Maybe I'm just crazy, this is google and they don't often do what makes sense haha
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JasonTsay

They just wanted to push it out for a Gingerbread showcase device that wasn't a year old already (N1). Also wanted NFC out for developers.
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JasonTsay

I have a feeling Samsung got screwed over twice. Nexus S in terms of hardware and Tab in terms of software.
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AndrewL9008

True that. Or they screwed themselves by being reliant solely upon google for their software. That's the problem when you don't build your own OS
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JasonTsay

That's the problem when you're Samsung and not Motorola or HTC.
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doogald

Well, if I am not mistaken, Google made it pretty clear that OEMs should wait for a version of Android that is made for tablets (i.e., Honeycomb), but Samsung went ahead and made the Galaxy Tab anyway. Considering they've sold so many, I wouldn't weep for too long for them.

www.techradar.com­/news­/phone­-and­-communications­/mo...
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computerdad

Check out this interview with Google's Matias Duarte. He touches on the Nexus S, specifically that is is designed to be a "this is what 2.3 is capable of in stock form" phone and, like Obamanizer says, it is designed more as a developer phone than a end-user phone. Also, as doogald said, having a vanilla build of 2.3 and the hardware to support future versions means it will be first to get 2.4 and possibly 3.0 Honeycomb.

www.engadget.com­/2011­/01­/07­/exclusive­-interview­-go...
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