Google Nexus S Android smartphone (preview)

The Google Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung, will be the first handset to run the latest version of Google's Android operating system dubbed 2.3 or "Gingerbread"

Google has announced the launch of its second self-branded smartphone, the Google Nexus S. Manufactured by Samsung, the Nexus S will be the first handset to run the latest version of Google's Android operating system, 2.3 or "Gingerbread."

Read our full review of the original Nexus Android phone, the Google Nexus One.

Check out our guide to top Android phones on the market.

A successor to the original Google Nexus One, which was manufactured by HTC, the Google Nexus S will have a 4in Super AMOLED touchscreen display (the same used in the Samsung Galaxy S)

The Gingerbread version of the Android OS offers numerous improvements over its predecessors, including a refreshed user interface, an improved keyboard layout, better text selection and gyroscopic support for 3D gaming.

The Google Nexus S will also come with what is called a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. NFC is a short-range wireless communication technology. It is the same technology used in some new credit cards, whereby the card can be simply swiped across a smartchip to make a purchase.

At this stage, the Google Nexus S has been announced for the US and the UK, with no timeframe for an Australian release. The Nexus S is a 900MHz and 2100MHz 3G device, which means it won't work on Telstra's 850MHz Next G network in Australia.

Samsung says it is "excited at the prospect of bringing the Nexus S to Australia," but is "currently reviewing our options on how to bring this to market locally and look forward to sharing more details at a later stage."

In the meantime, check out a promo video from Google launching the Nexus S:

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