Google CEO Eric Schmidt teased the upcoming Samsung Nexus S handset at the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday, where he showed off some of the features that would be coming with Android Gingerbread, which is installed on the handset. The Android Gingerbread OS features reader/writer support for NFC (near field communication) technology.
NFC technology is a type of short-range wireless communication, and Mr. Schmidt demonstrated it's usefulness by tapping an object embedded with an NFC chip with his Nexus S. The tapping gesture activates whatever kind of program execution or data transmission is built into the particular object. In the example, Eric Schmidt tapped on an object embedded with an NFC chip to tell him his exact location.
He also expressed that the technology could be very beneficial to the mobile market in the form of a secure payment system, possibly as an eventual replacement of the credit card.
Mr. Schmidt also said that Android Gingerbread will be releasing in "the next few weeks". Whether the release of Android Gingerbread and the phone will be at the same time is currently unclear.
After the interview, Engadget got a chance to look at the device up close and thinks the device may be slimmer than an iPhone 4, has "a mildly concave profile", AMOLED screen, and a textured backing similar to this phone, but "patchier", which Engadget believes to be a prototype feature.
AndroidandMe observes that the phone is running on the T-Mobile network, "which is rumored to be a launch partner."
Take a look at the long interview below on YouTube for more information: