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Sprint Nexus S 4G finally gets official Android 4.0 ICS, OTA rollout starting today

April 6, 2012

After reporting last week on an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the UMTS/GSM Nexus S and the HSPA+ variant of the Galaxy Nexus, other Nexus S adopters should finally prepare for an (official) taste of Ice Cream Sandwich.

More exactly, according to a tweet from Sprint, all of their Nexus S 4G smartphones should start receiving OTA (over-the-air) ICS updates right about…now. Of course, you shouldn’t all expect to receive the instantly, as these kinds of things sometimes take days, or even weeks, to reach out to all customers.

As a matter of fact, the guys at Sprint have taken all the necessary precautions in their official statement earlier today and have stressed that they are expecting all users to receive the update “in the next month”.

The ICS version made available for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G will of course be the latest 4.0.4 and, if you haven’t yet received a prompt message on your handheld, you should check out your phone’s System updates from Menu – Settings – About Phone – System updates.

If this doesn’t work, you could try to reboot your device one or two times and, if this doesn’t work either, you must be on the “waiting list” for now. Don’t panic, though, because sooner or later you will be getting an Ice Cream Sandwich taste on your Nexus S 4G and you will probably not regret the wait at all!

Like you can imagine, the Android 4.0 update will be bringing a lot of enhancements, improvements and fixes to your smartphone, some of the most important being the new “refined, evolved” user interface that practically everyone loves right now, Android Beam, a feature allowing you to quickly share web pages, apps, contacts or videos with anyone by syncing two NFC-enabled phones together, as well as a redesigned camera, web browser, and an improved keyboard.

The full list of enhancements, updates and improvements is available here, but I think that most of you already know what to expect from Ice Cream Sandwich, don’t you? So, what are you guys waiting for? Go check your phone and see if the update is ready to be installed! And if it is, hit us back with a comment telling us how the device feels and whether the differences are as important as expected!