Nexus S the New Android “It Phone”

This morning Google announced the new Nexus S (built by Samsung but branded Google). Eric Schmidt showed it off at the recent Web 2.0 event in San Francisco.

It’s the new Android “it phone” and is the first to feature the new version of the OS: Gingerbread (2.3). The phone is intended to offer “the pure Google experience” on a phone. According to Google:

Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support.

The Nexus S will be available (unlocked) from retailer Best Buy next week in the US and in the UK after 12/20 from Carphone Warehouse. Take a look at the site and how Apple-influenced the look and feel are (at least in the “features” area).

Here are the Nexus S specs from Samsung. Most noteworthy perhaps is the inclusion of NFC, which makes it mobile-payments ready. 

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Google doesn’t really have its own play in mobile payments and I would expect the company to make a fairly significant acquisition in the near term accordingly. But that’s a matter for another day.

This phone looks pretty “sexy.” The question is how much will it cost?