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[Full Google Nexus S Review] The Google Nexus S is an Android 2.3 smartphone. The Nexus S is the first Android device to hit the market with the Gingerbread version of Android. Inside it's packing a Qualcomm Hummingbird 1GHz CPU, coupled with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM. It is also the first phone to include a Near Field Communications chip. The bright screen uses Super AMOLED technology and is 4" and WVGA 800x480 resolution. Read on for the latest Nexus S news, reviews, and videos:

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    Last year's "pure Android" only saw Ice Cream Sandwich via custom ROMs which could be found luckily for both the S and the S 4G. However, if you were waiting for an official Google treat, you were so far out of luck. According to recent reports, Google is preparing to officially update the Samsung-made Nexus S (and the Nexus S 4G on Sprint) to the latest iteration of Android really soon. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to hit the phones "in the next few weeks" and, given that it's still a rather capable device (and one made by Samsung, just like the Galaxy Nexus), we are wondering what took ...

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    Those of you who rock a Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Nexus S 4G or even a Motorola Xoom tablet and are CyanogenMod fans are now able to download CyanogenMod9 nightlies and have their fair share of both flashing and testing. Of course, CyanogenMod nightlies are far from being the real deal but they can definitely be used if you can close your eyes to some of the bugs. Since you're a CM9 fan you probably know the drill by now so head over to the source link below and choose the proper nightly from those that are available, all dated February 24. Source: CyanogenMod

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    One of the components of Google Wallet's mobile payment system is the secure element of the phone's NFC transceiver, which stores account details supposedly out of malware's reach. This also affords the opportunity for adding a security layer to mobile payments by requiring the entry of a user-defined PIN before the secure element will release your payment info. At least, that's the way things are supposed to work, but a couple recent discoveries are raising questions about just how secure this implementation is, after all. The first attack on Google Wallet demonstrates the ability to ...

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    CyanogenMod is undoubtedly the most popular custom ROM offering for many Android phones and tablets and its latest iteration, CM9, is set to bring some Ice Cream Sandwich love to Android fans (way ahead of official manufacturer or carrier updates). However, the team is experiencing some problems with closed-sourced device drivers; until those are available don't expect to see everything working as it should (or a port for that matter). Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab 10.1, HP TouchPad and Motorola Xoom are on the official support list; if you have one of these ...

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    Many of us grew up with relatively small, low-resolution televisions as the primary -- perhaps the only -- screen in the home. We didn't think about it at the time, but these displays had a resolution of roughly 480i. That's the number of horizontal lines that are drawn across the screen. The "i" means "interlaced": only half of those lines are changed at a time. Back in the day, that was the best we had. As screens started getting bigger, the lines became more obvious -- and the picture got worse. The industry has standardized on two primary television resolutions: 720 and 1080. While the ...

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    Just yesterday we've heard of an Android 4.0.4 version being available, unofficially, for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and now we're hearing about the existence of Android 4.0.5. The information comes from French carrier SFR who also published the table above regarding versions and dates. As you can see, HTC Sensation will get the Android 4.0 update (together with Sense 3.5) and so will the Samsung Galaxy S II. The carrier talks about a March availability which goes nicely with manufacturer statements about Q1 roll-out. However, we know about the update from HTC when they announced the white ...

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    Whether you run Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Samsung Nexus S the official or community-way really doesn't matter as last year's "pure Android" does a great job. Face Unlock, however, is missing but there's a way for you to enable it. It doesn't matter how well it works as a concept or whether if it's more of a gimmick than something useful, you can now take advantage of the VGA front-facer of the Nexus S to enable the feature. It was left out of the code but thankfully the community proves once again that great things can be achieved in Android-land. Regardless if you have ...

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    Last week, owners of the Nexus S became the first users around to make the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich via OTA distribution, rather than by flashing a custom ROM. Some reports, though, suggest that things aren't going as smoothly as possible, and power-related issues may be causing Google to modify its distribution plans. Users are reporting an odd behavior where they receive a notification that an update is ready, and download the update successfully, only to have the process stop and inform them that their phones are already up-to-date at the last moment. A message on Google's help ...

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    A few days ago we let you know of the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update that Google was preparing for the GSM version of the Nexus S. As with most OTA updates, this one is being distributed in a staged release, and it's fairly large (128MB or so). If you'd rather not wait, or don't want to download the whole update on your Nexus S, you can flash the update by following these simple steps. It should be noted that this is the official ICS update and requires that you have the stock recovery image to properly apply. If you've got a custom recovery or custom ROM loaded you'll probably ...

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    Back at the beginning of the month, we learned that Google employees with Nexus S phones were lucking-out, and becoming the recipients of early Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Now the rest of you can join in on the Android 4.0 fun, as Google announced this afternoon the start of OTA distribution for the Nexus S's update. Google took to Twitter to announce the news, noting that the update will start to go out today, and proceed to reach Nexus S phones around the globe over the course of the next month. This update is only applicable to the original GSM Nexus S; there's no word on when users of ...

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    Google Wallet is an app that lets you pay for purchases using the NFC chip in your Android-powered smartphone on special "PayPass" credit card terminals -- but it is only "officially" available on the Sprint Nexus S 4G. Nexus S 4G If you want to run Google Wallet on your Sprint Nexus S 4G, simply download the Google Wallet app from the Android Market and you're all set! If you want to run Google Wallet on another device you've got some work ahead of you. In this video we'll show you the app working on a GSM Nexus S and GSM Galaxy Nexus. If you'd like to get Google Wallet on your ...

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    Google likes to introduce major advancements in the Android platform with a special device -- their "launch device". They started the tradition with the T-Mobile G1, then later the Nexus One, Nexus S, and more recently the Galaxy Nexus. Let's take a look at the three phones in the Nexus family and see how the Google's flagship device has improved over the years. Nexus One The Nexus One, the first in the family, was the collaboration of Google and HTC and released January 5, 2010. Google tried to challenge the way phones were distributed by selling it directly to customers on "all US ...

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    We've already seen the recent Bit9 study which unveiled popular Android smartphones being vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts and now it's time for a North Carolina State University research to raise a couple of questions regarding pre-installed software. Researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang at NCSU analyzed popular smartphones: HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S. The research found that while the model implementation of Android on Google's own handsets ...

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    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has made its way to the "dog food" stage of its development on the Nexus S. "Dog fooding", for those who don't know, is where a company uses their own staff to internally test a product before they release it to the public. In this round, it's Google's previous flagship phone. We suspected an ICS update wouldn't be too far out, and this step validates our suspicion. According to the source, the update is coming to internal users via an OTA update, no special update process or PC required! This could change when the final release comes out, and we don't know ...

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    When Google dropped the AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich code earlier this month, all eyes turned to the CyanogenMod team, knowing that it was then only a matter of time before they'd craft that code into their next release. Rather than keep us in the dark, they announced hopes to have CyanogenMod 9 (skipping the 8 that would've been based on Honeycomb) up-and-running in about two months' time; that was no guarantee, but at least told us to all just sit back down and wait patiently. Well, it may still be some good time before we see CM9 approach its finished state, but if you're feeling ...

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