Sprint just announced the OTA update that all Nexus S 4G owners have been waiting for: the update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

This OTA brings a whole slew of features, all of which come directly from ICS:

  • 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

It should be rolling out now and finish up within the coming days. Enjoy!


Cameron Summerson
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  • http://www.GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

    How did this happen before my Nexus S 4G's ICS update... I thought the point of the Nexus brand was that this unsubsidised phone got pure Google updates right away...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      What? This IS the Nexus S 4G ICS update.

      • http://GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

        My eyes got crossed, for that moment I thought it was the Epic 4G

  • todd

    Still checking but don't have it yet

    • Ryley

      same, not seeing it yet

  • Adam

    Happenes before the Verizon Galaxy nexus too. At least yours has been Officially announced. Not even a peep from Verizon. Yes we have a leak but eveey other Nexus phone has at least been announced.

  • adam p

    no luck, ;(
    That's the purpose of purchasing a google experience device, you should get the updates right away. I'm still waiting on getting an update on limited edition galaxy tab 10.1 I got at IO last year.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Oh, keep waiting on that one. I don't think it'll ever come. You should have put CM9 on it a long time ago.

  • Steven

    Seriously guys? What is up with this crap?
    The update for the unbranded Nexus devices (the "pure" Google devices) has been out for a while now. Even longer for older (4.0.1-4.0.3) updates. It's Verizon and Sprint screwing you over, not Google. Either you accept it, complain to them, or install a custom ROM. The more the people that are actually responsible hear about this instead of them seeing people blame Google for their (the carrier's) mistakes, the more they'll know they need to get their shit together.

  • Mike

    YES!!!!! ive been waiting forever for this! thank you sprint!!

  • The Goat

    Still nothing yet for me

  • http://www.facebook.com/eskokali Noah

    Did they announce it back in February also & then the day came & NOTHING. All I'm saying is that this better not be a repeat.

  • JW

    I've got a stock/unbranded Nexus S GSM on Vodafone in the UK and 4.0.4 was pushed out to me last night. No problems so far...

  • Chris

    How can you force the update

  • Mike

    just got the official OTA update, really loving it