We’ve been seeing leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint show up since late January, and before then we had custom user-generated ROMs that brought Android 4.0 to the smartphone. In mid-March, we heard that official updates for both the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G were due shortly, and just earlier this week we saw a new leaked 4.0.4 ROM arrive; it definitely looked like that update was right on the cusp of arriving. Today, Sprint finally flips the switch, announcing the arrival of the Nexus S 4G ICS update.
Today’s update marks the first new software Nexus S 4G users have received since they got access to Google Wallet in late summer of last year. As this is one of Google’s pure-Android showcase models, we’re looking at a very plane-Jane update, bringing Ice Cream Sandwich without any custom UI quirks; the release notes don’t reveal anything but standard Android 4.0 features. Even so, there will be a few special treats for Nexus S 4G users if only by nature of their hardware; in addition to mobile Google Wallet payments, the NFC capabilities of their phones will let them share content with Android Beam.
Sprint hasn’t released any other details regarding how this update will be going out, so for the moment just keep an eye on your phone for signs of any update notifications.