White Samsung Nexus S heads to Vodafone

New Google OS Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) gets virginal

While Apple continues to scratch its head over how to turn the iPhone white, Google's flagship Samsung Nexus S has been given a re-spray.

The Samsung Nexus S spec remains largely the same as its black counterpart - 1GHZ Cortex A8 processor, a 4 inch touchscreen and a 5 MP camera with autofocus – but Google are using this knight in shining white armour to launch Gingerbread, the latest incarnation of Android on this side of the pond.

Unlike the phone’s exterior, the backgrounds on the phone’s OS are now black – which we’re told wasn’t a stylistic choice, but in fact helps improves contrast and battery life.

Other additions include an improved downloads app that let’s you manage PDF and email downloads more effectively, and it’s also the first time Brits will have access to Near Field Communication technology (NFC). In a nutshell the technology allows people to pay for goods and services by simply swiping their phones over an NFC reader.

While the Japanese have been enjoying the benefits of buying cans of pop and cinema tickets (among other things) via their phones, the UK has been strangely reticent towards the technology. Until now it seems.

Vodafone has the bragging rights as first operator in the UK to sell the phone, but they’re remaining schtum over prices and an official launch date.