Samsung Electronics will release the Nexus S, the world's first Android 2.3-powered smartphone, here next month through SK Telecom, which said Sunday that it is in the final stage of testing the new device on its network.
Android phones, including Samsung's Galaxy S, are independently developed by individual manufacturers to run Google's operating system. But Samsung developed the Nexus S in conjunction with Google from the beginning as the Internet giant upgraded the operating system, allowing the hardware and software to operate in harmony.
The Nexus S is similar to the Galaxy S in terms of hardware capacity, but the latest device is over twice as fast, taking about 16 seconds to boot and capable opening HD video in only a second. It also features the world's first curved Super AMOLED screen, and includes near field communication technology which enables data to be exchanged wirelessly between devices over distances of about 10 cm.