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Google.com: Nexus S ‘Get it Free’ Promotion on Homepage – Displaying ‘Listing Numbers’ in Search Results Snippets

If you’ve been to Google.com today then you probably have already noticed the Nexus S, a pure Google experience. “Get it FREE today only” offer under the Google search box.

Clicking the link takes you to the Nexu S site, where users can obtain the phone from US retailer Best Buy and must sign up for a two-year contract. Three out of the four major US carriers offer the phone: AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

It’s not clear whether Google is subsidizing the phone or whether the carriers and Google are doing so together.

The Nexus S is the only phone (to date) that works directly with Google Wallet and its NFC technology. On the Q2 earnings call Google said that it was activating 550,000 Android handsets per day.

According to Nielsen report “Android-based handsets now represent 39% of all smartphones in the US market. Smartphones themselves represent about 38% of the total market.”

Another, research firm Canalys said, that “Android smartphones made up “almost 50 percent (48 percent) of smartphone “shipments” (not consumer sales) in Q2 on a global basis.”

In a semi releated news, Google is testing a “new search snippet that places the number of listings found on a page or set of results,” revealed a tweet.

Google is frequently testing variations to the search description or snippet. They’ve tried showing recent stories, recent tweets, jump to links and many more variations of rich snippets,

Here is a picture, notice where it shows “listing 1 – 9 of 11296”:

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