Nexus S Facebook, LED, microSD, Email, Text, & Camera Workarounds
The Nexus S is a great phone offering developers a "pure" Android experience. That purity brings limitations a typical owner may never notice. Here are resources for Facebook Sync, Notification LED, microSD, RAM, Speed Dial, Smart Dial, Lost Photos, Contact Groups, Email Search, 160 Character Text Limit, Camera Zoom, Browser Zoom, Video Formats, FM Radio, Visual Voicemail, HDMI, and Bluetooth.
Facebook Sync: Android devices sync with Facebook but Google "...purposely removed the feature from the Nexus S..." The Nexus S doesn't sync Facebook Profile photos, status, messages, phones, events, birthdays, or notifications. Incoming calls don't pop-up with new profile photos and status.
If you root, Cyanogen can restore Facebook sync. If not, you can manually update some Facebook info:
• (free, ) Get Facebook notifications, events, etc. Manually sync contacts & profile photos.
• Manually import Facebook photos to the Nexus S with or .
• updates photos and birthdays. ()
• creates a file with name, birthday, etc. to import into Google Contacts (). article.
Notification LED: The Nexus S does not have a LED for missed calls, email, texts, or events. Try as a workaround.
• If you are rooted, try the to light up the buttons on a notification.
microSD: The Nexus S has 16GB but no microSD for added music, photos, and movies. Cloud storage options can help if needed.
• stores up to 2GB ( for 2.25GB) for free. Open with the .
• can store your music to play with the app. can store your doc or xls files for use by the app.
RAM: Androids may have 1024MB of RAM for apps and operating system. If the is an issue:
• Remove apps that you don't use and use an app like to move apps out of the internal memory and onto the internal SD card.
Speed Dial: The Nexus S doesn't have Speed Dial to assign contacts to numbers 1 to 9. Smart Dial: The Nexus . "T9" lets you type a name such as: 2 for B, 7 for R to see names beginning "Br".
There are some good phone apps that can be used in place of the stock Android phone:
• Create a homescreen of dialing shortcuts: Long-press an empty spot > Shortcut > Direct Dial
• lets you dial a middle part of a name or number. For 202-456-1414, you can dial "456" or "1414".
• lets you dial their initials for instance dial 2 for B, 6 for O for Barack Obama.
• & can search contacts for "Pen" for contacts on Pennsylvania Ave or "Wash" for Washington.
• Gallery: Nexus S owners have found relief from the lost photos, wrong photos, and slow photo loading with the app.
: let you group contacts to send a text or email. The Nexus S can't edit contact groups. Workarounds:
• Setup contact groups on your PC at . Use ($1) to setup contact groups from your phone.
• Use a free app like to group contacts (also a smart dialer)
Email: Nexus S Email search is limited and can't , Try (Free) or Exchange ($20, free trial).
Messaging: The Sprint Nexus S 4G Message app stops at . or (free) do not.
Camera: The Nexus S Camera lacks but there are many great camera apps that do.
• ($4, ), ($4, free )
• (free) shots bursts. ($2) is fast. (free) adds more effects.
Browser: The Nexus S browser has , and limitations. Consider browsers like or .
Video Player: The Nexus S does not play video formats other Android phones play such as DivX and XviD. Android Market offers workarounds:
• to a format the Nexus S can use.
• (Free, ), (), & add many formats. is great but adds no formats.
FM Radio: The Nexus S so consider () for local AM/FM stations. Also try , , and .
: shows the caller photo while playing their message. A slider bar lets you play a certain portion as you would an MP3.
• The Nexus S lacks Visual Voicemail. is a workaround but costs .
HDMI: The Nexus S USB port does not serve as an HDMI port but the for wireless HD.
Bluetooth: The is faster and uses less power. The . Use WiFi when you can.
HD Recording: Some Androids record HD Video. The . There is no workaround but is this something you need?
Keyboard: The Gingerbread keyboard is good but some prefer , , or other Keyboards.