Nov 25 AT 1:27 AM Sean Riley 90 Comments

New Gingerbread and Samsung Nexus S photos leak via XDA

These pictures were definitely captured by the mayor of Blurrytown, but beggars can’t be choosers and we aren’t exactly swimming Scrooge McDuck style through images of Gingerbread or the Nexus S just yet. This batch comes from an anonymous XDA source that is already being pumped for additional info.

Other than confirming yet again that Gingerbread is 2.3 and not 3.0 there really isn’t anything to speak of on the Gingerbread front beyond what is at least a new to me background image. Rumored specs and more pics after the jump.

The Nexus S details are a little more enlightening. Keep in mind the original version might have been scrapped, so these leaked specs are subject to change:

  • ArmV7 CPU
  • Open GL ES Supported
  • ~328 MB Ram (As another Sean rightly points out in comments the available Ram is ~328, but this really means 512 MB total Ram)
  • 1 GB Internal Memory
  • 800×480 Resolution
  • 4″ Super Amoled (2?) Screen
  • 720p Video Recording
  • T-Mobile (at least this one)

We know both Gingerbread and the Nexus S will be arriving in the next couple weeks, with Andy Rubin scheduled to kick off the D: Dive Into Mobile event on December 6th it seems like that would be as good a time as any for the big reveal.

UPDATE: 11/25/10: According to xda-developers – “We have a confirmed Dual Core Orion 1GHz CortexA9 running inside the Nexus S, we can’t verify this ourself and are waiting for further verification. Stand by for more pics/specs this afternoon.”

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Source: XDA Developers

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Galen20K


    • http://Website rotten gingerbread

      such a disgrace

  • Zacqary Adam Green

    “D: Dive Into Mobile event”

    Apparently I’ve become unable to read “D:” without seeing an open-mouthed sad face. Damn you, Internet.

    • http://xda modest_mandroid

      I have a major nostalgia moment from an MS-DOS childhood – The D: instantly makes me think of accessing the cdrom drive.

      • MC

        Let me help, “Modest”

        C > D:
        D: dir/w …

  • Gone

    Loove the new status bar!!!

  • http://Website mackster248

    I realllllllly hope those specs are wrong…. Why would they put less ram on this one than the prev. nexus? And they really should put a lot more internal memory in there.

    • http://Website Kold

      Agreed. That would be really stupid. I want the Orion and 768mb or more ram please.

      • http://Website mackster248

        Lol seriously. I have the myTouch 4G, so I expect this to have better or at least close to the specs that this phone has. And I was actually thinking of returning this phone for the Nexus S…. But I guess not.

        • http://Website watbetch

          Make no mistake, your phone is inferior.

          • http://Website Galen20K

            d3ad wrong(period)

          • Sean the Electrofreak

            The RAM spec was reported incorrectly, the Nexus S has 512 megs of RAM. I explain in detail a little further down. (In retrospect, I should have replied to this post originally.)

    • http://Website james

      umm the nuxus has 256 mb of ram so the nexus s has more if im correct

      • http://Website Usman

        Wrong, try again. The Nexus One has 512mb of RAM.

        • blankit

          i corrected myself a little further down

    • http://Website james

      he also mentioned those specs are subject to change!

    • http://Website james

      my bad 512 mg of ram your right it has less -_-. im going to stay with the nexus one if these are the specs smh!

      • http://Website kmobs


        • alex aesthetics

          ok spelling teacher…

          cuz the blog comment section is the place to enforce spelling & grammer rules.

          u tell them…!

          “no gold star for u!”

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      Ugh. I need to talk to Taylor about this. Every time a phone is released the same stupid mistake is made.

      Android reserves a certain amount of the system memory for itself; the total amount varies but when using system info programs like Android System Info, it only shows the amount of RAM available for applications.

      Proof: these screenshots I just took using Android System Info on my Epic 4G (aka SPH-D700).


      • Sean Riley

        Thanks for the kick in the head on this Sean, you are definitely right.

        • Sean the Electrofreak

          No probs; I’ve gone on far worse rants on AndroidAndMe… ask Taylor. :-p

          Off-topic: My name is Sean, my younger brother’s name is Riley. Weirrrrd.

  • http://Website Raveesh

    328 MB RAM? 1 GB Internal memory? nope, this would be scrapped. Rubin wouldn’t want a Google device which doesn’t straight away prove itself to be top of the heap. I believe the original Nexus 1 was delayed so they could get it perfectly right, same could happen here

  • http://Website bozo

    Those specs are not good. Even the galaxy s had 16gb of memory. If those are correct then ill stick with my nexus one.

    • http://Website james

      umm internal memory the nexus one only has 512 mb nexus s is 1gb

  • http://Website chris a.

    Ahhh! Why must the capacitive button layout keep changing on android handsets!! And I too hope those specs aren’t right… 2.3 doesn’t seem to have many changes

    • http://Website james

      well its supposed to be blazing fast and no bugs…and its also supposed to be the best phone operating system out…so lets see what this brings..but if those specs are right im staying with my nexus one

  • http://Website Valerio


  • http://Website Ramon

    Icons look cartoony

  • http://Website Ryan

    If this is Gingerbread, I’ll stick with Froyo.

    • http://Website Raising hope for downvoted low comments

      he said: “If this is Gingerbread, I’ll stick with Froyo.”

      • http://Website Robin Hood

        Raising hope for downvoted low comments wrote

        he said: “If this is Gingerbread, I’ll stick with Froyo.”

  • Detox

    wtf, I hate Samsung, Google should just stick with HTC to make the nexus phones.

  • Rubbinz

    Black and purple theme? I hope to god that’s just a Samsung skinjob…

    • http://Website watbetch

      Did you miss the part where it’s stock 2.3 or what?

  • http://Website Gee

    This seriously looks awful, def’ visual step down from Froyo. Looks like the engineers designed it themselves.

  • http://Website jo

    the ram is 512 mb like the sgs of course. you have it all wrong because 328 it’s what “free” shows, also something similar on the sgs (with custom kernels up to 350 is user-usable). the “missing” ~160-180MB are used for stuff like gpu (3D), 720p movie playback&recording, radio and other “mission critical” processes and is reserved statically by the kernel and therefore not visible in userspace. it’s basically similar on other devices so no reason for everybody to cry like a baby …

  • http://Website leonardo

    Ok first of all if it doesent have hspa+ than no nexus s for me. Come on Samsung my nexus one has better specs. LEAVE IT TO SAMSUNG TO RUIN THE NAME OF A GOOD DEVICE!!!! YOU DARE PUT THIS DEVICE IN THE “NEXUS” FAMILY!!

    • http://Website james

      how do you know theres no hspa+ on it?

    • http://Website Hans

      You do know Google would be the ultimate one responsible, right? They choose what’s in the device. That being said, I hope there are HSPA+/LTE/WiMax versions available >.>

      • MC

        WiMax is only available from ONE network provider, Clearwire, and will ONLY run on CDMA-protocol Sprint. Verizon also is CDMA, but is developing and is soon to implement their own LTE network.
        SO, forget WiMax, but it MUST run, at a minimum on T-Mo’s HSPA+ if it’s available before Verizon launches its own LTE network.

  • PhineasJW

    Some of those specs seem ridiculous…

    Hummingbird is based off the Cortex A8.
    Orion is based off Cortex A9.

    So, “Armv7″ is just fantasy land. So is the 384MB of RAM.

    Guess we’ll find out in a couple of weeks.

    • http://Website kuro

      @PhineasJW :

      Cortex A8 and A9 (and all the cortex family) are ArmV7 ;)

  • Aakash

    close your eyes people, wait till your get some real information! this spec definately should not be on Nexus S

    • Sean Riley

      That is good advice, I couldn’t ignore the specs they were reporting, but I would not take them as gospel by any means.

  • http://Website Ben 1.0

    If that is the new stock notification bar at the top, I’m not sure if I like the look of it or not. I like the current one just fine.

  • http://Website james

    guys these specs are prob to give you a taste of whats coming i mean when the nexus one came out it wasnt really that good and look how good it became

  • http://Website Joe

    Really? This is the best they could do? There’s no discernible difference.

    • http://Website Joe

      (I’m taking about the visual “upgrade”, not the hardware spec)

      • http://Website watbetch

        From what I can tell they’re embracing SAMOLED’s dark, deep power saving blacks. Stock 2.2 would be a battery drain of it’s own with a SAMOLED display because of all of the white/light colors. Those drain the most power on these displays

        • http://Website kmobs


  • http://Website Manuel

    It’s too early for a dual-core smartphone. The “Nexus Tablet” with Honeycomb will be dual-core and it will be the “reference” tablet just like Nexus One/Nexus S are the “reference” smartphones.

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      Tegra 2 has been on the market for about 2 months I think, since that Toshiba laptop. It also appeared in those Viewsonic tablets this month. If they really wanted to make it a dual core they could’ve made it so. If they didn’t then that’s just a dumb move on their part.

  • falmc

    If its announced in December what time scale approximately would we be looking at for a release in the UK? If any android gurus could answer that would be great.

    Desire HD is starting to look really nice with my contract up for renewal but id love to get on the dual core bandwagon with a nexus if its soon

  • Aakash

    will it be sold unlocked???

  • http://Website reaganwaswrong

    I was going to buy this phone for sure. I really was. Despite how everyone has been hating it for being by Samsung and being plastic. I was still going to get it. But now? Forget it. I don’t care if it has a dual code processor and great screen. It needs to have 1 GB of RAM or 768 MB at least. This phone may be ugly but it needs to have amazing specs and no GPS problems or any lag problems. Otherwise I will stick with my nexus one.

  • http://Website Nathan

    So am i the only one that’s not super thrilled about the new art design for gingerbread?

    I like the black bar, and i can go either way on the green graphics. little color is always nice, i personally prefer blue, but green is good.

    but what i really don’t like is the notification pulldown, maybe i’m too used to my morphed ones, but this looks like it’s just ripped out of sense. doesn’t look like much originality there.

    Also i’m very disappointed that google didn’t copy samsung/touchwiz and add the settings shortcuts to the bar. Though i use powerstrip to access those quickly, it would of been nice to see that be added.

    but as the OP even said, gingerbread has not turned out to be the UI overhaul we thought it was going to be, so maybe that’ll come with honeycomb.

    • http://Website Gee

      It seriously looks worse. The new status bar icons are ugly; I don’t mind them being “flat” now but the designs are just not… good. The pull down box looks jacked up. The dialer? WTF? looks like a poor man’s WP7 dialer.

      So far I see this as a VISUAL step down from Froyo. I’m sure that their are some nice new animations and it’s probably a bit smoother but agh…

      • http://Website Nathan

        i’m good with the icons, personally i’ve been using ones like that for a while now through metamorph.

        And yeah i forgot about the dialer, that does look terrible. Metamorph to the rescue.

  • http://Website zymo

    if the the specs are true, then the nexus s is doomed. just compare it with the competition, dual-core tegra2 phones coming from moto and lg and both can handle 1080p. And the lg star has stock android too. so why the nexus s?

  • srikanth

    Doesn’t look like the specs of Nexus S … I don’t think they will down-grade from regular 512 MB RAM phones that are coming these days to 328 MB RAM which SE X10 sports.

  • http://Website Joe

    are you seriouse samsung. The My touch 4g has better specs. I will wait for a dual core htc phone instead . What a joke samsung

  • http://Website Christian

    This is rather dissapointing. For quite a few reasons. One, that it’s not vanilla :[ and two, that Google actually chose Samsung for their new flagship phone.

    • Virtue

      Who said that it wasn’t Vanilla Gingerbread? It’s a Nexus phone which means that it MUST be Vanilla. And your bias towards Samsung clearly has no foundation if you think that HTC does things better.Take the Galaxy S phones for example; they may be made of plastic but they’re built rock solid.

      • alex aesthetics

        samsung has shown themselves time & time again to not support/upgrade products after they are sold, while intentionally misleading consumers otherwise.

  • http://Website Darren

    less than 512mb ram?? you gotta be kidding… no thx samsuck

  • http://Website Catherine Ann Wimberly

    Im waiting for the next iPhone 5 boys….it will blow this Nexus Ass out of the water!

    • http://Website Raising hope for hidden comments

      she wrote

      “Im waiting for the next iPhone 5 boys….it will blow this Nexus Ass out of the water!”

    • http://Website repeater

      she wrote
      “Im waiting for the next iPhone 5 boys….it will blow this Nexus Ass out of the water!”

  • http://Website UMMMMM…

    I have a question. Since this is Gingerbread on Vanilla Android, does this mean when my G2 gets the upgrade, the notification bar and all the other tweaks are going to look exactly lik they do on the Nexus S???

    • http://Website 30Rock

      Given all this mess and experiences, i think when your G2 gets the upgrade the Nexus Three is already around the corner…

  • monlosez

    This is basically a Galaxy S Epic spec lol. What happens to the rumored dual core?

  • http://Website Ben Johnson, GA

    After watching the screens i really had a good laugh, i even LOLed. This is beyond dispute insanely ugly and cannot challenge the wonderful iPhone GUI. I didnt expect such a downfall. Why Google, why? What a letdown on thxgiving day. Samsung and Google you let everyone down!!!

    • http://Website 2439

      How is your iphone 4 butt plug?… good? XD

      • http://Website Ben Johnson, GA

        its as delicious as gingerbread!

        • http://Website 0019

          How would you know?
          Have you tried gingerbread?

  • http://Website HTC engineer

    wuts up wiz da HSPA+ flavor, Sammy?

  • http://Website Jenna Jameson

    That looks so 2009 !?!

  • http://Website Me

    Not worth buying…. And it is a Samsung phone BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • http://Website Blest

    Man. Thats extremely ugly and I hope that those specs are absolutely wrong. I had a dream of it having internal storage like the Galaxy S phones and beating them with a front camera and some other greatness.


  • http://Website Martin.

    the MIUI Mod looks fantastic, i think it even beats the new gingerbread UI. Lets see what Google has to offer in 2.3

  • http://Website Manuel

    XDA Update

    UPDATE: 11/25/10 13:20 PST: According to our source we have a Confirmed Dual Core Orion 1GHz CortexA9 running inside the Nexus S, we Can’t verify this ourself and are waiting for further verification. Stand by for more pics/specs this afternoon.

  • http://Website zymo

    well, well, well. IF!! it has such a powerful dual core cpu, then why in hell it isn’t capable of 1080p?! and where is the hdmi port? moto has it, nokia has it and what about samy/google?

    • falmc

      if its difficult to tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 32 inch HDTV what is the problem with 720 on a 4 inch screen?

  • http://Website AM

    Just needs more RAM and NOTIFICATION LIGHT indicator.

  • IHTCEvo

    Why???? I saw the nexus one and its so sexy. This phone isn’t ugly but its not glamorous. It doesn’t matter though I can’t get it cuz i got stupid Sprint and The awesome HTC Evo. after 2 years I’m going back to T-mobile. Sigh :’(

  • Detox

    Well if it’s dualcore and does 720p instead of 1080p then maybe it;s a higher quality 720 instead of a shitty 1080

  • http://Website Leave a comment

    yes this is fugly

  • Aakash

    i hope these pics are not taken from another Nexus S! :) kidding….

    • http://Website nico

      lol ;)