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Google's Next Pure Android is Officially Nexus S

It's been much rumored for some time now, but today the next-generation of official Google phone is real.

Samsung and Google today announced the Nexus S, the world's first handset to ship with the latest version of Google's Android platform – 2.3 or otherwise known as Gingerbread.

"Google is excited to co-develop Nexus S with Samsung, ensuring solid integration of hardware and software to deliver the lead device for the latest version of Android, Gingerbread," said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

Nexus S has Samsung's brilliant Super AMOLED in a 4-inch Contour Display that's curved for an "ergonomic style and feel when held to the user's face."

Nexus S also features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows you to read information off of everyday objects like stickers and posters that are embedded with NFC chips. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, like the rest of the Galaxy S line.

Nexus S is equipped with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder, as well as a VGA front facing camera. In addition, Nexus S features a gyroscope sensorand comes with 16 GB of internal memory.

Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked) online and in-store from Best Buy retailers in the U.S. starting after December 16 and at Carphone Warehouse retailers in the U.K. after December 20.

Pricing in the U.S. will be $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract or $529 unlocked, but still on the AWS bands.