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Google’s Nexus S marks ‘Gingerbread’ debut

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Despite the discontinuation of its first smart phone, the Nexus One, search giant Google has announced the release of a second new smart phone, the Nexus S, which will be available for purchase later this week. Google began selling the Nexus One in January but discontinued it in July, after lackluster sales. The company collaborated with phone manufacturer Samsung to create the Nexus S. It is the first phone to run Gingerbread, the latest version of the Android operating system. The phone comes pre-installed with several Google applications, such as Google Search, Google Maps with Navigation (in beta), Mobile Instant (messaging system), Voice Actions, Gmail and Google Earth. Voice Actions allows the phone to recognize spoken commands, such as "send text to," "call," "note to self," and "directions to." Reviews of the phone have been generally positive, though some common criticisms stand out. The phone includes rear and front-facing cameras...