NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google's (GOOG) - Get Report launch of its Nexus S phone sales Thursday is one small step for Android, one giant leap for video calling and near-field communications.

Like any supportive partner,

Samsung

agreed to build a phone that would let Google express itself in all its nutty glory. It has two cameras. No problem, everybody's doing mobile Google video chats these days, right?

It also has near-field communications, so users can wave their phone at a store decal to check in or at a cash register to check out. Sure, people will be doing this -- in 2016, maybe.

But hey, Google's got an agenda to set and the Nexus phone has been the company's favorite method to get the ball rolling in mobile.

The first Nexus phone, made by

HTC

and wired for

T-Mobile's

network, helped set the standard for applications like free GPS navigation and voice recognition search.

Unlike the Nexus One, which was a sales failure handled exclusively by Google online, the

Nexus S will be sold

by

Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Report

for $200 with a 2-year T-Mobile contract.

Don't expect long lines of eager Nexus S buyers. In fact, don't expect any lines at all -- there aren't many people interested in a slightly different Android phone on T-Mobile.

And even though the Gingerbread version of Android phone succeeds Froyo, there isn't much to brag about with this super phone.

It's not Google's fault really. Right now, the Nexus S is merely a pleasant curiosity at a time when tech watchers are a little obsessed waiting for the impending arrival of the

Verizon

(VZ) - Get Report

iPhone

from

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

.

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