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The Google Nexus S smartphone has been hacked by keen developers only hours after its release.The Samsung-made phone is the first device to run the latest version of Android 2.3, coined ‘Gingerbread’, and Google aimed at making the Nexus S an exclusive release for the operating system. Hackers rooted the OS, meaning they gained access to the full OS and its files in order to modify and customise content.

Google was planning to release the OS to the public in the near future as the Linux-based, open source system it is, but users from XDA Developers have already ported Gingerbread onto other phones, including the HTC HD2 and other Samsung models.

Though many features do not function properly with the new operating system on different phone models, the hacked software is still being tweaked to suit unintended phone models.

At this stage, there is every possibility that Vodafone will not supply the Nexus S in Australia after poor sales of the Nexus One earlier in the year. 

However, Samsung’s Australian division have expressed potential in the idea, though they are yet to announce an Australian release.

A spokesperson for Samsung said: “Samsung Electronics Australia is excited at the prospect of bringing the Nexus S to Australia. We are currently reviewing our options on how to bring this to market locally and look forward to sharing more details at a later stage.” 

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