Samsung Nexus S, the new flagship smartphone running on Android 2.3 from Google, recently had a Space Odyssey. A group of enthusiasts consisting of engineers from the internet giant and students of the University of California placed seven smartphones in special coolers, and then tied them to a weather balloon. Nexus S itself, placed next to a small robot, the trademark of the mobile platform Android, was mounted on a transparent plastic surface of the containers.
In order to track the probe, each box had a separate GPS-navigator, radio transmitter and antenna, which reported the location and height of the smartphone. One of the main objectives of this experiment was to find out how well the sensors of Nexus S like accelerometer, gyroscope and compass will respond in extremely decreasing low temperatures.
After about 3 hours from the launch, some of the Android-smartphones managed to reach a height of about 32 thousand meters, says NewScientist. At this height the weather balloons filled with helium burst, and it took the phones from 20 to 30 minutes to descend to earth in orange parachutes. It was surprising that the gadgets worked well even after their space odyssey
Earlier also Apple had sent iPhone to the stratosphere. The device was strapped to a weather balloon, and an hour after launch, it reached an altitude of about 30,000 feet above the ground.
Nexus S was released last week. This smartphone is the first device to run on updated mobile operating system Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). This smartphone has a 4-inch touch screen, 16 GB internal memory, 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 5-megapixel rear webcam.