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Nexus S – The real news is in the software

Posted by Jeremy Paris on December 7, 2010

Nexus SIt wasn’t too long ago that the tech news was filled with stories about Google’s phone failure in the form of the Nexus One.  Most of the fault was put on Google’s marketing and distribution, and to tell you the truth I didn’t see many bad reports on the phone itself, just the phone’s sales.  But it was still clear that “Google will be stepping out of the hardware arena and will focus instead on the software side of the house”.

Well, apparently that is not the case with the new buzz about Google’s Nexus S.  It will be the first phone to have Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which on the surface is not much of a jump from 2.2.  However, looking at the official Android Developers Site you can pull out a very important paragraph from the rest of the mundane upgrades.

Android 2.3 adds API support for several new sensor types, including gyroscope, rotation vector, linear acceleration, gravity, and barometer sensors. Applications can use the new sensors in combination with any other sensors available on the device, to track three-dimensional device motion and orientation change with high precision and accuracy. For example, a game application could use readings from a gyroscope and accelerometer on the device to recognize complex user gestures and motions, such as tilt, spin, thrust, and slice.

Adding the capability of these new sensors could be another “game-changer” in the tech world.  It allows outside-the-box developers to come up with incredible new apps that haven’t even been imagined before now.  I am a card-carrying iPhone user, but I do have dreams of developing apps for all mobile platforms in the future (read: iOS, Android, and WinPhone7…sorry RIM, you’re dead to me).  And when the new android apps that use these sensors start to get some serious press I’m sure that Apple and Microsoft will start adding them into their next build as well.

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