Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung with Android 2.3 for a Pure Google Experience Available to Sprint Customers in the U.S. on May 8 for $199.99

Yesterday I reported that Best Buy started taking pre-orders for the Sprint version of the Samsung Google Nexus S. Well today Sprint put out an official press release showing a launch date of Sunday May 8th.

The highly anticipated Nexus S™ 4G1 from Google™ goes on sale in all Sprint channels, including www.sprint.com, on Sunday, May 8, for $199.99 (plus tax) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Extending the company’s 4G device leadership yet again, it is the fourth 4G phone available and 20th 4G device announced from Sprint.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G is the only Nexus S phone with 4G and provides a pure Google experience with Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. With its pure Google experience, Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps, and in many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.

Critics praise Nexus S 4G:

“Whether you’re an Android fanboy (or girl) or not, it’s tough to avoid drooling over the Nexus S 4G. The device has similar specs to its T-Mobile counterpart – the Nexus S – but it will take advantage of Sprint’s super fast 4G data network.” – MSNBC Technology
“It’s probably our pick of Android phones now on Sprint – the Evo is nearly a year old, and the major advantage of the Nexus S is that it’ll be on the bleeding edge of Android updates.” – Gizmodo
“So, what makes the (Nexus S) 4G different? WiMAX 4G. – IntoMobile

It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.

Designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology, Nexus S 4G’s 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. Its higher color contrast means colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.

Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera. In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.

Additional key features include:

3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™
Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
Integrated GPS
1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery

Nexus S 4G from Google will be available from Sprint for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Best Buy.

Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Sprint Nexus S 4G available for pre-order at Best Buy

The Nexus S 4G is available for pre-order from Best Buy’s website, meaning it can be yours without encountering a single smurf-shirted employee. Sprint’s version of the Nexus S, now with WiMAX support, features a pure Gingerbread OS that’s a perfect match for Google Voice. This Sammy sells for $199 with a two-year agreement, and while you’re welcome to try your luck at a retail outlet, just be sure they don’t give you T-Mobile’s version. Of course we know the difference, but do they?

The Best Buy link below is to the Google front page just in case you wanted to check out the T-Mobile version also. No date yet on the actual arrival of the Sprint version.

Via: Engadget
Source: Best Buy

How to Put Gingerbread on Droid X (Without Rooting!) (video)

Posted from technobuffalo by Jon Rettinger.

I could write up a few thoughts about how it went, but wouldn’t it be better to just show you? So here you go, Android 2.3 with the new MotoBlur, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

Smells awful nice in here… like the toasty goodness of Gingerbread wafting in the air. It’s irresistible, especially for a Droid X user. So after seeing the following instructions on the DroidXForums, I just couldn’t resist slapping Gingerbread on my Droid X. Best part? No rooting necessary.

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Root-Friendly Android devices listed by Unrevoked

The folks at Unrevoked compiled a list of Android devices and organized them according to their ability to be rooted (here is a link to Lifehacker.com to show how and why to root your Android device). The list is not comprehensive but it does help you choose among the major devices and gives some insight into which manufacturers are root-friendly and which are not. Not surprisingly, the developer devices and pure Android devices like the Nexus series and the Motorola Xoom top the list.

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Google launches Person Finder for Japanese quake victims

Also posts tsunami warning on main search page after massive earthquake

Google was quick to launch a version of its People Finder service to help pe

ople find each other in the wake of the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan Friday.

The service, set up to work in both English and Japanese, is designed to let people inquire about others, as well as post information – where they are, their condition — about themselves or someone else.

While Google notes on the site that it cannot verify the accuracy of any of the information put into the Person Finder app, all of the data is available to the public.
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Android Malware: Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared

By JR Raphael PCWorld

If you’ve read much news lately, you know it’s that time of year again — time for the semiannual Android malware freakout show.

You know what I’m talking about: Some company, usually one that happens to sell a virus protection program for Android, comes out with a slew of blogs and press releases warning us of a super-duper-scary virus monster just waiting to attack vulnerable Android phones. Countless news stories follow, making sure we’re aware of the unprecedented danger headed our way. Soon, the streets of America fill with men and women flinging their phones and running for their lives.
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Android Security: Six Tips to Protect Your Google Phone

Google’s Android Market mobile software shop was hit last week with its first major malware attack; a popular application called “DroidDream” proved to be infected with malicious code that could steal users’ personal information, and Google was forced to use a built-in Android “kill-switch” to do away with the problematic app–but not until after it had already infiltrated thousands of Android smartphones.
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Google brings Instant Previews to mobile, makes them seriously useful

We’ve never had a use for Google Instant Search on mobile, so we didn’t expect much when Google’s Instant Previews invaded the smartphone realm as well. You know what? They’re actually surprisingly useful. Instead of trying to cram additional information into Google’s already-crowded mobile website, Instant Previews adds a little magnifying glass next to most every result instead, and clicking on the magnifier brings up a series of cached thumbnails of each page that you can scroll through in portrait or landscape modes. It’s a very visual way of finding what you’re looking for, and more importantly, it’s quick even over 3G, saving time and mobile bandwidth that would otherwise be spent clicking through links one by one.

Android Power Round: Gingerbread news, Nokia blues, and the Xoom’s womb bloom

By JR Raphael

We’re in the midst of mobile tech’s busiest season. The Mobile World Congress is about to kick off in Barcelona, the CTIA Wireless show is right behind it, and a brand new Android platform is likely days away from its debut.

There’s a lot to digest — and we’re here to make sure you get a good taste of it all. Yes, friends, it’s time for a freshly baked edition of the Android Power Round, our fast-paced and light-hearted look at the week’s most interesting Android news.
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Recap: Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb Event

Posted from TechnoBuffalo

Google held a press event in California today to show off its newest version of Android operating system, Honeycomb. The OS is developed specifically for tablet computers, and will used on a number of tablets expected to be released in the coming month, including the highly-anticipated Motorola Xoom.
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