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Gingerbread-powered Nexus S hits Gulf region

Phone is first in the Middle East to feature the Android 2.3 operating system

Samsung has announced the launch of the Samsung Nexus S with the Android 2.3 operating system in the Gulf region.
Samsung has announced the launch of the Samsung Nexus S with the Android 2.3 operating system in the Gulf region.

Samsung Electronics has announced its first handset to feature Google's latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform in the Gulf region, the new Nexus S.

"Samsung and Google have worked together closely to deliver the best Android smart phone experience for consumers. It has been our ambition in working with Google to continue to push the Android platform forward and create a smart phone that has both superior functionality and a stunning user-experience. It is extremely satisfying to see this partnership again bear tremendous fruit," said Young Woo Jun, head of the Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics.

The Nexus S features Samsung's Super AMOLED touch screen technology with a 4-inch Contour Display.

The Nexus S also has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, designed to allow users to read information off of objects like stickers and posters, which are embedded with NFC chips.

The phone is powered by a 1 GHz Samsung application processor for rich 3D graphics and quicker upload and download times. The phone also supports HD-like multi-media content.

The Nexus S has a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder, as well as a VGA front facing camera.

The smartphone features a gyroscope sensor, designed to give the device a more fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the phone.

The Nexus S also comes with 16 GB of internal memory.

The new Android 2.3, Gingerbread features support for Near Field Communication (NFC), a new keyboard with multi-touch support, internet calling and a new user interface. Samsung has incorporated Android features such as Wi-Fi hotspot, true multitasking and access to Google mobile services such as Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Voce and YouTube in the Nexus S. The phone also has access to thousands of apps and widgets found in the Android Marketplace.

"Samsung was thrilled to work with Google to create the first device featuring the much anticipated Android 2.3 OS. Nexus S is powerful proof of Samsung and Google's commitment to bringing technology firsts to market and launching products that utilise the open and innovative Android operating system," said Woo Jun. "Nexus S integrates Samsung's best-in-class hardware and technology with the exciting new features and upgrades of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give consumers a breakthrough smartphone experience."