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Last Updated: July 26th, 2011

After a delay, Sprint has unveiled the much-awaited Android 2.3.5 update for the Nexus S 4G, and it will start rolling out Monday, July 25th. The update brings a much needed fix for bogged-down 4G speeds on the handset, which have plagued users since the phone's release.

Additionally, some Wi-Fi bugs have been exterminated, the speakerphone should sound better, and TTY support for deaf users has been added. You'll also get a 4G toggle widget (update: maybe not), and NFC will officially be enabled. Here's Sprint's statement on the update:

Nexus S™ 4G is getting a software update designed to improve 4G data speeds for users and provide several other updates. The release will begin rolling out to Nexus S 4G handsets on Monday, July 25. All users should receive the update in the next three weeks.

In Sprint's preproduction testing, Nexus S 4G showed excellent performance. After receiving feedback from a small number of our customers, we conducted a secondary analysis of its performance with our partners at Google and Samsung and were able to identify some ways we could boost performance on Nexus S 4G.

These enhancements should increase 4G data speeds and signal strength for users. The software update also improves Wi-Fi connectivity, speakerphone audio quality and adds TTY support for the deaf and hard of hearing.

So, has 4G speed actually improved? Engadget did some empirical testing, and it appears the answer is "yes" (the left half is with the new update, the right with the old):

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It appears Sprint really has worked out the bugs, and WiMAX performance is back to its intended levels. The update, again, will be rolling out Monday (July 25) - so start obsessively checking your "System Update" menu in the next few days.

Sprint via Engadget

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  • Germian

    So why the heck is this an official update (in the sense of an 2.3.X update) if it only addresses WiMax issues for one carrier? Couldn't that have been an device software update? This is just another version that will never reach an Android phone like 2.3.4

    • jgalan14

      I guess that what happens when they got CDMA and GSM technology in the same phone lol, nice update tho been waiting for this

    • androidman

      It readies nfc to handle secure nfc, enabling Google wallet

  • http://twitter.com/readya readya

    This shit called 4G in the USA? LOL.
    In Europe we called this HSPA...

    Here is a screenshot about my network (HSPA+)

    http://yfrog.com/z/khy4kvj

    • tone503773

      If that is JUST hspa+ then your country is awesome. what are your 4G speeds like?

      • Thoast

        we don´t have any 4g phones yet.. atleast in sweden. But as you can see HSPA+ works just fine =)

      • http://twitter.com/readya readya

        There's no 4G at this moment in Hungary, just HSPA+. Hungarian operator called Telenor will start the 4G (not WiMax but LTE) network in August and also the dual carrier HSPA+ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-Cell_HSDPA)

        So I will post my impressions later if you'd like to see :)

  • wackadroid

    FINALLY!!! Their response of "oh, we brainstormed and figured how we could make the nexus s 4g EVEN better" is horseshit! The phone was broken to begin with! The bars shouldnt constantly turn white and disconnect from google services. LAME.

  • Miggs

    Why hasn't anyone posted a link to download? In the past it was always available the same day.

  • aj

    Haven't been able to find this 4G widget they speak of...

    • vee

      Its no 4g toggle there

  • vee

    I got the update OTA and my speeds are in the 6m down and 1.5m up the update is good !!

  • tim

    ok, does anyone know if the update killed the free mobile hotspot?

  • Mike

    Unfortunately, the update did kill mobile hotspot.