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Analyst Perspective on Nexus S, Android 2.3: Negative

Dec 12, 2010, 07:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Google and Samsung's Nexus S smartphone will be available for purchase next week, giving consumers their first look at the much-anticipated Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, mobile operating system.

"And while the next-gen smartphone will include a number of new features -- most notably a near field communications (NFC) chip for wireless transactions and data exchange -- at least one analyst is wondering aloud whether Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) strategy of bypassing major wireless carriers and, at least initially, offering the Nexus S only to handful of retailers will tick off its Android partners, stymie sales in the U.S and further fragment the Android market just as it's hitting its stride.

""There is a lot to like in this announcement; Samsung's hardware looks slick, the virtual keyboard needed improvement, and there are nice tweaks to the UI that will make it easier to see and lower battery consumption a bit," Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart wrote in a research report."

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