At the Web 2.0 summit, while people were expecting Gingerbread launch, Google CEO Eric Schmidt did not disappoint fully.Although there was no Gingerbread launch, but a lot of things came up this version of Android. Schmidt said Gingerbread would be out in the “next few weeks,” and it will have NFC support
Showing off both the device and its operating system, Schmidt dropped one big surprise: the Nexus S will be the first Android Smartphone to support interaction through Near Field Communications, or NFC, which would enable you to do everything from trade contact information to pay for a cup of coffee with just a wave of your phone
The mobile phone spotted in Google CEO’s hands should land on the market as the successor of Nexus One, the first Smartphone to arrive on shelves with the Android 2.1 OS on board in early 2010, and also the first one to be sold only via Google’s web store in the beginning.
As for Android 2.3, Schmidt says the operating system will be rolling out over the next few weeks, although he did not specify which devices would come with Gingerbread pre-installed or be eligible for an update. The Nexus S, however, is slated for a T-Mobile debut, so you can at least bank on being able to buy Gingerbread on that.
One last ancillary note: Schmidt also made a nod towards the Chrome OS, arguing that the project wasn’t dead, and defining the niche it was meant to fill. Android, according to Schmidt, is for touch interfaces; Chrome is for keyboards. Makes sense to us!
According to Schmidt, we should expect for Gingerbread, supposedly the Android 2.3 version of the mobile platform, to be launched on the market in the coming few weeks, but nothing more specific was unveiled on the matter.
Now that we’re sure that Nexus S would indeed become available for purchase in the near future, it remains to be seen what hardware specs it would sport, so keep an eye on this space for more.