Google unveils Android 2.3

Google: unveils Android Gingerbread
Google: unveils Android Gingerbread

Google today released the latest 2.3 version of its Android smartphone platform, dubbed Gingerbread, to be released on a new version of Google-branded Nexus S phones developed by Samsung.

The new Nexus phone is the first to be developed with Samsung – the first Nexus model was developed with rival HTC.

The phone will be sold exclusively in the UK by Carphone Warehouse and its Best Buy UK joint venture with US technology retailer Best Buy, with a limited release before Christmas.

Both retailers will offer Nexus S for free from £35/month or SIM free from £549.95.

Nexus S phones will make greater use of "Near Field Communication" technology, which allows users to interact with various marketing displays, such as movie posters.

Andy Rubin, vice president for engineering at Google, said: "As the lead device for Gingerbread, Nexus S combines great hardware with great software to provide users with a fast and powerful mobile experience.

"We believe Nexus S will drive innovation in the mobile space that will benefit our users, our partners and developers working on Android, and the entire mobile industry."

Samsung last month launched its tablet-style device the Tab, which also runs the Android operating system.

Google yesterday failed to secure retail search site Groupon, and is now the subject of an EU investigation into allegations that it abused its dominant position in the internet search market.

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