|The Nexus One (above) has not sold well; it’s being followed by the Nexus S.|
SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. yesterday unveiled the Nexus S, the first smartphone to use a new version of the Android operating system, providing fresh competition to Apple Inc.’s iPhone.
The new Android, called Gingerbread, is faster and easier to use, and includes copy-and-paste features, Google said on its blog. The Nexus S also has front- and rear-facing cameras, and near-field communication, a technology that lets people pay for goods wirelessly.
Google is pushing deeper into phone software and mobile advertising. The Nexus S follows the Nexus One, a phone made by HTC Corp. that Google introduced earlier this year. That device did not sell well, hurt by consumer confusion over who would provide customer support, Google or HTC, said Will Stofega, an analyst at Framingham, Mass.-based IDC.
The Nexus S will be available online and at Best Buy Co. after Dec. 16 for $199 with a contract or $529 without one.