Sprint's Nexus S 4G gets Ice Cream Sandwich (for real!)

By JR Raphael (@jr_raphael)

Yes, gang, the reports are true: Google is finally ready to deliver Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, to its Nexus S 4G phone on Sprint.

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Google and Sprint have both confirmed that the Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich rollout will start this afternoon -- Thursday, April 5 -- and continue over the next few weeks. As with most over-the-air rollouts, the software will be sent in waves, meaning a subset of users will receive it each day. You'll get a notification on your phone when the upgrade is available to you.

Feeling impatient? (I think I know the answer to that.) You can manually check for the upgrade by going into the "About Phone" section of your phone's main settings and tapping on the "System Updates" option. This won't speed things up any, mind you, but it'll poll the server right then and there to see if your turn has arrived.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a whole new look and feel to the Android platform, along with plenty of fresh features. You can get a detailed tour of what's new in my Ice Cream Sandwich FAQ. For even more info about your upcoming dessert, click over to my in-depth Android 4.0 review and check out these 10 reasons to be excited about ICS.

Google's Nexus S 4G ICS rollout arrives three and a half months after the first Android 4.0 upgrades began. This is a large part of why Google received a disappointing "C" grade in my recent Android 4.0 report card; as a Nexus device, the Nexus S 4G is supposed to receive Android OS upgrades first (that's kind of the whole point of the Nexus brand). This extended and unexplained delay is an unfortunate twist that we can only hope won't happen again.

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Today's news comes just over a week after Google announced a handful of other Ice Cream Sandwich rollouts for its Nexus and Google experience devices. Still on hold, however, is the 3G/4G version of the Motorola Xoom, which has yet to be bumped up from its pre-ICS state.

Remember, you can find the latest upgrade status for any phone or tablet in my Android 4.0 upgrade list. It's always kept up to date with the most current info available.

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

Article copyright 2012 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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