We just learned of a planned updated coming to the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, starting to arrive next Monday. System software GRJ90 is supposed to bring with it some 4G fixes, tweaks, and full support for the smartphone’s secure NFC transceiver. What we couldn’t have guessed from the leaked Sprint document, but has since been revealed by a tipster with early access to the software, is that this will mark the arrival of Android 2.3.5.
Droid-life, which received the pictures verifying the claim, is adamant that this is no hack-job and the displayed version number is accurate. The images come from a build that looks to pre-date the one planned for release, as we’re only at GRJ85 here.
Without word from Google, it’s hard to say why this update is worthy of a decimal-revision bump, but it’s likely to deal with the secure NFC mode rather than any of the WiMAX-related radio fixes the Nexus S 4G is supposed to receive. Presumably, we’ll soon be seeing a version for the original Nexus S; it’s too soon to say, though, if there will be anything worthwhile in the new version for Androids without NFC chipsets.