Good news everyone! You no longer need to hack your Nexus S 4G to get Ice Cream Sandwich. Sprint has begun pushing the update to handsets as I write this. Check your phone to see if there’s an update notification trying to get your attention. You can also manually check for the update from the settings menu.
With this update, Ice Cream Sandwich gets a little bit closer to being available on 3% of Android devices. At this time, ICS adoption is hovering around 2.9%.
The entire change log courtesy of Sprint is posted below. If you don’t want to read through it all, just know major new features include a totally new user interface, folder creation, a new way to manage data, redesigned core Google apps and Android Beam support. You’ll also be able to download apps that only work with ICS such as the Google Chrome web browser.
– 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 NRC-enabled devices to exchange favorite apps, contacts, music, videos and more