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Confirmed: Google Nexus S Does Not Have A MicroSD Card Slot

As we've all been following the Nexus S over the last few months, inhaling every bit of news regarding its specs, nobody could have foreseen or even considered the fact that the next Nexus, announced earlier today by Google, will be lacking the microSD card slot. The absence of HSPA+, a dual-core processor, HDMI, an 8MP camera, or Bluetooth 3.0 - sure, these are unfortunate, but understandable.

However, not being able to change out one SD card for another, faster one, is beyond mind boggling.

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Android 2.3 User’s Guide – 350+ Pages Of Newly Updated Info

With a new OS comes a new manual, and this one's pretty hefty. The 374-page manual for Gingerbread is now available for your perusing pleasure, with plenty of screenshots and details about the new OS. This includes information about the new Near Field Communication function found in the Nexus S:

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And the new Downloads app:

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The userguide can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed in the Google Docs viewer.

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Gingerbread OTAs Not Rolling Out Just Yet - Arriving In The Coming Weeks. Yes, That Means Even You, Nexus One Owners

Earlier today, Engadget posted a pretty sensationalist article (now deleted) implying that Gingerbread OTA updates are being streamed down to Nexus One device owners. Since I haven't seen a single confirmation yet, I grew more and more skeptical. To put an end to all rumors, Google's own Reto Meier just sent out a tweet refuting any OTA rumors and putting the Gingerbread update timeline as "in a few weeks":

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And so the wait begins.

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[Updated] Google Finally Unveils Nexus S: Coming To USA On December 16th, Four Days Later In UK

After weeks of anticipation, leaked photos, snooped videos and widespread rumors, the next pure-Google device is official, and it's pretty much just what you expected. Bearing the title of the flagship device for the the freshly-baked Gingerbread (Android 2.3), the Samsung-made Nexus S includes:

  • 4.0" WVGA "Contour Display" SAMOLED screen
  • 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU
  • Android 2.3 Pre-installed
  • 16 GB internal storage (no microSD)
  • Quad-Band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Tri-Band 3G (900, 2100, 1700 MHz)
  • HSDPA (7.2Mbps) connectivity (no HSPA+)
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion Battery
  • 5 MP rear camera w/ flash and 480P rec.
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[Updated] Google Announces 2.3 Gingerbread! Here Is Everything You Need To Know

The moment we've been waiting for so many months - it's finally here! I can hardly contain my excitement as I'm writing this, but both Gingerbread and the Samsung Nexus S were officially announced 30 minutes ago. As expected, the new OS bears the version number 2.3 and brings updates to the SDK and the NDK as well SDK tools and the Eclipse ADT plugin.

As expected, a lot of the OS improvements are under-the-hood, which will result in better gaming, responsiveness, and overall Android experience.

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CyanogenMod 6.1 Final Released, Brings Android 2.2.1, Bugfixes, And New Features Galore

After spending over a month in the release candidate stages, a final (stable) release of Android's most popular ROM has just been pushed out. Cyanogen himself tweeted the news, but also mentioned one small caveat: Samsung devices (read: the Galaxy S line) are left out of the fun, with no ETA. (Update: not available for the HTC Wildfire either.)

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What's new in 6.1, you ask? Oh, just a few things:

6.1.0
  • Common: Update to Android 2.2.1
  • Common: Various bugfixes from AOSP and CodeAurora
  • Common: ADWLauncher 1.3.3 - Ander Webbs
  • Common: Configurable audio focus for music app - Jonas Larsson
  • Common: APN cleanup (fixes many issues with GPS and MMS) - Cyanogen
  • Common: Use ARMv6 optimizations for DS/Hero targets - Ninpo
  • Common: AudioDSP updates - Antti S.
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Verizon's 4G LTE Launches Today - Here Is What You Need To Know

Verizon's long-awaited 4G LTE service, promising speeds of 5-12 Mbps down and 2-5 Mbps up, is launching in 38 major metropolitan markets and over 60 airports today (get the full list here). Since no LTE-capable mobile phones exist on VZW just yet, the only way to experience LTE on the move is by getting 1 of 2 (soon to be 3) 4G USB modems. Unlike Sprint's truly unlimited 4G plans, Verizon's plans carry a data cap: $50 for 5GB or $80 for 10GB, with a $10/GB overage fee.

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[Updated] Froyo For Samsung Epic 4G Now Available To Download [Hands-On] [Instructions]

Update: A Sprint official has just posted on the Samsung Epic forums saying that this is not the final version of Froyo for the Epic. What's more, he gave one commenter an ETA of about three weeks. Ridiculous, isn't it?

Below is a statement from the Epic Product Manager regarding the leaked release (DK28):

Sprint is working on a software package for the Samsung Epic4G that will upgrade it to the Froyo version of Android.  Over the weekend, some users were able to access and download a test build (DK28) for the Samsung Epic from some 3rd party developer sites.  Unfortunately, this is not approved software for Sprint production devices and we strongly recommend that users refrain from loading it.

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Video Shot By Samsung Nexus S Hits YouTube, Photos Hit Picasa

The Samsung Nexus S has already shown off its camera once, but up until now, we haven't seen what that 5MP shooter's capable of when it comes to video recording. Well the wait is over, as a (portrait) video shot by none other than the GT-i9020 has hit YouTube:

The quality is more or less what we've come to expect from 720p video taken by a cameraphone, though it certainly won't blow any minds.

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[Updated] Notion Ink Sparks Yet Another Gingerbread Release Date Rumor - This Time, December 6

I woke up this morning to a slew of tip emails stating that Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is definitely coming out on December 6. I initially decided to pass it up (at this point, I'm so sick of Gbread rumors that I almost don't care anymore), but for the sake of you, dear reader, I thought I'd pass it along. The reason for the latest rumor is that Notion Ink posted on their blog stating the following:

6th December is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work.

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