Google Nexus S with Android Gingerbread Now Available via Best Buy
Google's Nexus S smartphone with the latest Android OS, Gingerbread (v2.3), is now available in the United States via Best Buy.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
This morning, Google and Best Buy starting selling the latest, and potentially greatest, Android smartphone, the Google Nexus S with the Android Gingerbread mobile OS (v2.3), in U.S. stores, online and by phone.
The Nexus S, manufactured for Google by Samsung, is available via Best Buy along with a T-Mobile service contract, for $199 with a new, two-year agreement and $249.99 for customers looking to add a new Nexus-line to their existing T-Mobile contracts; and the unlocked version with no contract retails for $529.
More than 200 hundred of Best Buy’s U.S. brick and mortar stores will offer the device, and they all should have demonstration units on hand for potential buyers to experiment with. (Check out a list of U.S. Best Buy stores that will sell the Nexus S on launch.)
Google’s Nexus S is notable for a variety of reasons; it’s the successor to Google’s popular Nexus One smartphone, made by HTC; it’s the first device to run Android Gingerbread—which packs a number of new features including support for Near Field Communications (NFC) technologies, a new on-screen keyboard, gyroscope sensor support and more—and it sports a unique, curved “Contour Display,” among other cutting-edge features.
Gadget geeks anxious to get thumbs on the new Nexus S would be wise to make their way to the nearest Best Buy store post haste, surf on over to BestBuy.com or pick up the phone and dial the company’s Nexus S call center (866-813-2021) ASAP—this initial batch of Nexus S smartphones is bound to sell out in record time. (Note: Nexus S sales are limited to two units per customer.)
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.