Sprint Nexus S 4G finally tastes Ice Cream Sandwich

April 5, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka


Nexus S

There are millions of users still waiting on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, but owners of one device are slowly being removed from the ranks. The Sprint Nexus S 4G is finally being updated to Ice Cream Sandwich according to a post from Sprint.

The Nexus S 4G had to wait much longer to receive the an update, despite the appeal of the “Nexus” brand of devices being unofficially promised to receive updates sooner than other phones, so long as hardware permits running the firmware smoothly. A previous attempt at pushing Android 4.0 was halted after many users in the first wave found that the ROM was anything but smooth. Google and Sprint appear to have ironed out those problems in order to make another attempt.

Nexus S 4G owners can trigger the update now by taking the following steps:

  1. Ensure that their phone is at least 80% charged
  2. Go to Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates
  3. Select “Update firmware”
  4. Allow the phone to download the update and do not remove the battery or interrupt the process
  5. When the phone restarts, dive face-first into that ICS goodness.

Here are the new features mentioned by Sprint.


- Upgrades device operating system to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

- Customizable favorites tray visible on all 5 home screens just above the hard keys

- Contacts application replaced with a People application that provides improved integration with Gmail, Email, Google+ and other apps

- Multitasking allows users easy access to switch between recently used applications by tapping and holding the Home key

- Create folders on the home screen by dragging and dropping one app onto another to create a folder

- New lock screen actions allow users to jump into the camera or pull down  notifications to check messages, without unlocking the device

- Swiping from left to right can dismiss individual notifications, close  apps from the recent apps list, and close browser tabs

- Data usage provide controls for monitoring and managing network data usage

- Camera enhancements include capturing panoramic photos, continuous focus, zero shutter lag exposure, stabilized image zoom and decreased shot-to-shot speed

- Android Beam allows two NRC-enabled devices to exchange favorite apps, contacts, music, videos and more