Google’s Nexus S smartphone coming to Canada in April

Big box retailer Future Shop announced today that it would be accepting pre-orders for Google’s Nexus S smartphone starting next Monday, March 21, 2011.

Available in store in early April, the device will be available for Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless and Telus Mobility customers.

The Nexus S smartphone, which has been available in the United States since December, is the first device to ship with Gingerbread, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. South of the border, the phone is sold unlocked for $529 USD, no word yet on pricing in Canada yet.

Faster than the original Nexus One smartphone, hardware features of the Nexus S smartphone include: a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, a 4 inch Super AMOLED 480×800 touchscreen, front and rear facing cameras, gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, proximity sensor, haptic feedback, light sensor, Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity and 16 GB of internal flash memory.

The Nexus S can also function as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to six portable devices such as laptops or tablets.

Gingerbread, aka Android V2.3, should make the new device even more attractive to potential buyers thanks to numerous new features including: a refined user interface; a redesigned software keyboard which Google says has been optimized for faster text input and editing; improved power management and a new camera application which lets the user access both cameras on the device.

Program wise, the Nexus S will come with a full suite of Google applications (Calendar, Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Search, Google Talk, Google Voice, YouTube) as well as have access to over 100,000 apps on the Android Market.

Google's Nexus S Smartphone with Gingerbread - Coming Early April to Canada

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9 Responses to “Google’s Nexus S smartphone coming to Canada in April”
  1. ml says:

    Of course, Bell-Telus-Rogers only. How about the new companies!?

    • Alex says:

      There are two hardware versions of the nexus s available. The Robellus nexus s is optimized for their networks, but the originally released nexus s will work on Wind/Moblicity. Has also been “confirmed” for a launch on these networks as well, but you can likely expect slower data speeds.

      • Paul says:

        Mobilicity has slower Data speeds, Wind has HSPA+ which is on par with the fastest available today from Bell/Rogers/Telus.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wind Mobile will be getting the nexues s soon too!

  2. AndresE says:

    Does this mean this version will work on 3G-850Mhz?

    • Andrew says:

      Yes, it will work on 3G. it is a different model than the Tmobile one in the states, as this works on our R/T/B bands.

      As for the new companies, they have already said they will get the nexus s as well, but they can just use the T-mobile version, so it will probably be launched in april or soon after.

  3. kevin says:

    Only problem is that google voice has yet to launch in canada

  4. mike says:

    what about nfc?

  5. Ev says:

    Pre-Ordered my Nexus S from Future Shop on Monday for the Fido network. Sales person said expected date of release is April 7th. Can’t wait!