Get ready, Nexus S 4G owners. Sprint just announced that your beloved WiMAX smartphone will be getting an update on July 25th, aka next Monday, that'll not only bump the Nexus S 4G up to Android 2.3.5 but include a few other goodies, as well. What kinds of goodies, you ask? Well according to Sprint, the update will increase 4G data speeds and signal strength, improve WiFi connectivity, bring better speakerphone quality, and add TTY support for the deaf and hard of hearing. A previously-leaked document also showed that this update would enable the Nexus S 4G's secure NFC element, but there's no mention of that in the announcement. Sprint says that all Nexus S 4G users should receive the update within the next three weeks, so don't fret if you don't have new software waiting for you when you wake up Monday morning.
Many Nexus S 4G owners were understandably bummed out when the update didn't arrive on July 11th like we originally heard that it would, but I'm sure that once update and its improved WiMAX and WiFi performance makes its way to your neck of the woods, you'll say that the wait was worth it. The full press release is available below to help you pass the time until Monday.
Nexus S 4G Software Update Roll Out Begins on July 25, Boosts Data Speeds
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.
"Nexus S 4G continues to be a highly sought after smartphone and performs very well for our customers. We are excited to make additional enhancements that will provide an even better user experience" said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. "We're committed to listening to our customers' feedback and working with our partners to provide the best possible customer experience."
Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States, Nexus S 4G is the only Nexus S phone with 4G and provides a pure Google experience with Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones.
Additional key features include:
1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content
Dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience
AMOLED™ touchscreen technology on a 4-inch Contour Display
5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera.
Gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips