Google’s own Eric Schmidt showed off Android 2.3 Gingerbread on his Nexus S device from Samsung at the Web 2.0 Summit conference today in San Francisco. He joked around about his previous statement that there would never be a “Nexus 2,” saying that a “Nexus S” was a lot different.
After awing the audience with his phone, he went on to talk about the NFC chip inside of the Nexus S that allowed it to be used as a replacement for credit cards. Schmidt detailed the reasons why NFC is a good way to go for payments, primarily because it minimizes losses for credit card companies. He also confirmed the notion that other payment means would be made available on Android in the near future.
Google’s CEO didn’t dive into the specifications of the Nexus S, but he did comment that the phone, as well as Android 2.3 Gingerbread would be made available in the coming weeks. Also, it was made apparent that the phone would be T-Mobile ready at launch. According to Engadget, the device has a similar thickness as the iPhone 4 from Apple… it may be a little thinner. It has a concave design in which the earpiece and microphone area are curved up.
Excitement for the device is building as Taylor Wimberly, from AndroidAndMe, claims a possible dual-core Samsung Orion chip may be inside the Nexus S. According to the post, a single-core version was created and later scrapped for the dual-core chip. Let’s all hope that’s right!
Stay tuned for more information about the Google Nexus S.