Google unveils new smartphone, Nexus S

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Internet giant Google unveiled its second smartphone on Monday, the "Nexus S" made by South Korea's Samsung.

Google said the Nexus S, which follows the Nexus One, which was a critical success if not a huge commercial hit, is powered by "Gingerbread," the latest version of Google's popular Android operating system for mobile phones.

Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin said the Nexus S would be the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform.

It will be available in the United States from December 16 and in Britain from December 20, Rubin said in a blog post.