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SPRINT CONFIRMS NEXUS S 4G DROPS MAY 8 FOR $200

The Sprint Nexus S 4G will drop on May 8, the carrier has confirmed, taking the existing Nexus S smartphone and giving it a shot of WiMAX goodness. Announced last month, the Nexus S 4G has the same 4-inch Super AMOLED “contour display”, NFC and 5-megapixel rear camera.

There’s also a front-facing camera, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and A-GPS, along with USB 2.0 connectivity. Sprint has obviously left Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread alone, which means the Nexus S 4G will be first in line for future OS updates.

The Nexus S 4G is priced at $199.99 with a new, two year agreement. You’ll need a mandatory data plan, too, obviously.

Apparent AT&T-friendly Nexus S appears on Samsung support site

The rumors of a version of the Nexus S that’s friendly to the 850 and 1900MHz bands that AT&T uses — and that will be released in the United States and not require importing — have circulated for a while. We found it tipped in code in late February. Looks like we might be closer to an actual release, as the GT-9020A is on Samsung’s support site, with some AT&T markings on the page to boot.

Still no word on any release date or pricing, but we’d image it’d be along the lines of the T-Mobile version of the Nexus S, at $529 off-contract at Best Buy.

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Samsung Nexus S with AT&T-compatable radio shows up in online catalog

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There’s been no official word from Samsung or Google, but the Nexus S with GSM 850/1900 radio bands has shown up for sale at Negri Electronics’ online store. It’s carrying a model number of i9020T, and is available in black or white for $598.50. What we don’t know is if this is the Nexus S with an AT&T specific radio, or an unlocked import of the Nexus S from abroad. I’m sure as people order these and get them in-hand, we’ll know a bit more.

In either case, it’s a Nexus S that will work with AT&T’s 3G, and more than a few of you guys have been waiting for one of these.

White Nexus S To Host Gingerbread Via Vodafone UK

Vodafone is proud to present the White version of the Samsung Nexus S with the white version being exclusively available via the carrier only. The White Nexus S is somewhat different compared to the white chassis in the iPhone 4 case, the Nexus S only offers a white battery cover with the same black front.

Users also have access to switch the battery cover in order to change the look and feel of the Nexus S. Vodafone UK would be offering the the White Nexus S on contracts starting from £30 per month.

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Furthermore, the white Nexus S comes packed with a 4-inch display, Google Android 2.3(Gingerbread), an A8 processor, and a 5-megapixel camera. No comments were available from the carrier on actual date of availability.

This would be the first ever smartphone to mark the release of Android Gingerbread in the UK.

via [Vodafone UK]

White Vodafone Nexus S confirmed

Vodafone has announced that it will be the first European carrier to offer the Google Nexus S directly, joining retailer Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK in pushing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. The Samsung-made flagship – the Android Community review of which you can read here – will go on sale inVodafone’s own stores, though it’s unclear whether other carriers will also be offering it direct.

As well as the general black Nexus S we’ve already seen, Vodafone has clinched the exclusive on the white version. No pricing or availability as yet, but we’re guessing Vodafone will be wanting to push this pair out as soon as possible.

 

CyanogenMod 7 alpha makes its way to the Nexus S

With the release of the newest Android development phone and the opening of the source code from Google, we all knew that it would be only a matter of time before CyanogenMod 7 would come to the masses. CM7 isn’t widely available yet, but the first alpha version is now available for the Nexus S.

CyanogenMod is a customized firmware based on the open source version of the Android OS. CM provides the user with different enhancements to the stock version of Android as well as popular Android apps pre-installed. The firmware requires a rooted Android device and a little bit of know how. It’s actually getting much easier with additions like ROM Manager.

There was an initial post about the ROM on the XDA developers forum by Koush (a CM developer) as well as an obligatory Twitter update. As of now, the ROM is in alpha, meaning that expect some things to simply not work. Also, the developer doesn’t want any bug reports yet because the ROM is still in heavy development.

So, if you want to give this ROM a spin and have a rooted Nexus S with ROM Manager installed, download it and give it a try. Let us know what you think so far in the comments below.

Via [Phandroid]

 

How to unlock the Nexus S bootloader

Google’s Nexus S has got some news today. As most of you know, Nexus S is now available at BestBuy, so in case you are one of the early adopters of this phone, you may ask yourself, “how to root the Nexus S?”

For those who don’t know, unlocking Nexus S bootloader will allow you to go into custom recovery mode so you can install custom ROMs like Cyanogen Mod etc. The steps are pretty easy but you need to have the basic Android fastboot knowledge. Just follow the step by step guide below to unlock your new Nexus S bootloader.

STEP 1: Shutdown your Nexus S.

STEP 2: Hold down the Volume Up key then hold the Power key.

STEP 3: Now your device’ll get in Standard Recovery Mode.

STEP 4: Now ppen command prompt or Terminal (depending on what OS you’re using, this is on your computer) then type “fastboot devices”. This will tell you if your phone is connected via USB or not.

STEP 5: Type “fastboot oem unlock” if you’re connected.

STEP 6: Almost done, now use Volume keys to select ‘yes, unlock bootloader’ then use power button to select option and your new bootloader will be unlocked now !

For now, there is no custom recovery image yet and obviously no custom ROMs but they’ll be out very soon. [via AndroidCenteral]

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