Sprint has announced that the Nexus S 4G Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is rolling out now, an update that will come with a host of features and improvements for owners of the carrier’s Google experience device.
The announcement was made on Sprint’s community forum and it details exactly what’s coming with the upgrade to Android 4.0.
Highlights of the update include a customizable favorites tray, Android Beam, camera enhancements, and a brand new lock screen. These are all native to Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Here is the full rundown of the update:
- 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 NFC-enabled devices to exchange favorite apps, contacts, music, videos and more
The update should be rolling out OTA but owners of the Nexus S 4G should head into Settings and check to see if the update can be pulled manually.
Now that Sprint has gotten Android 4.0 out to its Nexus device, it should only be a matter of time before it rolls out the software to other devices like the HTC EVO 3D and the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch.