Introducing Nexus S 4G for Sprint

Monday, March 21, 2011 | 5:00 AM

Recently, we introduced Nexus S from Google, the first phone to run Android 2.3, Gingerbread. In addition to the UMTS-capable Nexus S, today we’re introducing Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint. Nexus S 4G is part of the Nexus line of devices which provide a pure Google experience and run the latest and greatest Android releases and Google mobile apps.

We co-developed Nexus S 4G with Samsung to tightly integrate hardware and software and highlight the advancements of Gingerbread. Nexus S 4G takes advantage of Sprint’s high-speed 4G data network. It features a 4” Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. It also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from everyday objects that have NFC tags.

In addition, today we’re excited to announce that Sprint customers will soon be able to take advantage of the full set of Google Voice features without changing or porting their number.

You can find more Nexus S information and videos at google.com/nexus or follow @googlenexus on Twitter for the latest updates. Nexus S 4G can be purchased this spring online and in-store from Sprint retailers and Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S.


Posted by Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering

31 comments:

Chris said...

When will the Nexus S LTE Verizon coming out?

Yuro said...

Or any plans with dual-core?

Michael said...

Any plans to incorporate Voice into other networks? And if so, anytime soon?

Rob L. said...

Will the ability to use Google Voice without porting or changing one's number apply to those of us who are using Sprint indirectly (as Virgin Mobile USA customers)?

UniqueNate said...

Will there be a dual core phone coming from Google before the year is over or next year? Also will you guys push it to all carriers this time in a timely manner? I'm with Sprint so this is good but dual core & latest hardware would be perfect with a pure experience.

Wade said...

Rob L. the answer to your question is no, only Sprint branded devices will be integrated. Not even Nextel. Sprint answers this question at www.sprint.com/googlevoice in the FAQ section.

Steve said...

Will the Google Voice app on the Nexus S 4G be a VOIP app requiring one to only run a data plan? Thanks.

Robert said...

Will we still be able to port sprint numbers to GV, if we want to have 2 separate numbers?

Vincent said...

Single core in 2011 = Fail

E said...

who is going to support the phone? Manufacturer? Carrier? Or is it going to be a typical Samsung product and get no support at all?

Luigi said...

Bring on the Droid Nexus!

john3 said...

I already bought the Nexus S from Best Buy on T-Mobile, and I was told it was 4G! Does this phone have anything MY Nexus S does NOT have?! (...other than T-Mobile not providing me with 4G after all!)

kamal said...

amazing

attila said...

john3, your T-Mobile Nexus S is not 4G. If someone told you it was, they were either misinformed or worse. However, this new Sprint Nexus S is 4G.

Calculon said...

Curiously, if I currently use Google Voice to have a second phone number for my phone, does this mean I cannot get the Nexus S and use it the same way as my previous android phone?

Chris Beasley said...

Last year's processor (single core) just doesn't work for me.

Dan said...

E, This is a Google phone, Google will update/suppport it. This phone will be the first android phone to be upgrade when newer versions of android are released. If you hate waiting for for upgrades then buy this phone.

RKennedy said...

What if I already ported my Sprint number to Google Voice? Can I port it back to Sprint without dealing with termination fees?

If I had only known Sprint and Google were working this out. It would have saved me a huge headache trying to explain GV to the Sprint rep. They had no clue then, I hope they get some good training!!

kerry said...

Will there be a dual core phone coming from Google before the year is over or next year?

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Roger said...

As a Sprint customer and a GV user, I think this is great! However, I am leery of using my real phone number as my GV number because GV does not support MMS. So, you will be S.O.L. when someone sends you a picture to your GV number. I will keep using the app until GV voice supports MMS. This way my friends can send pics to my real cell number until support arrives for MMS via GV.

Duce Diva said...

I am glad I am not the only one who has experienced Sprints ultimate cluelessness when it comes to Google, specifically GV. I spent hours upon hours, about 4 of them one day, when I first signed up trying to explain to THEM about GV when the purpose of my even calling was to get info from them as to how the, back then, New HTC Hero synced with other Google products.

But I hate to inform you, I called Sprint today, to inquire more info about the intergration of GV and Sprint and how calls being made from my GV would be handled. From regular customer service, to tech support, to escalations, Sprint still had no clue about GV. They didnt even know that the two were merging, or intergrating. THey simply referred me to Google.com/voice/sprint.

I still dont have the answer to my question though. Does this mean Sprint will now treat calls made to and from my GV number as either data, or mobile to mobile thus taking minutes from my data or mobile minutes and not my anytime minutes. If so, "Oh HAPPY DAY!!!!"

Mark said...

Will Sprint offer hotspot capability without charging like they do now without having to root your phone? Otherwise it will not be a true "Android experience".

The Shearer said...

Question: how does this affect 911 calls, which have always been a weak link for GV? Will a GV number dial 911 in care of an emergency once the integration is complete.

If so, then GV will be a complete alternative to a traditional phone line.

MyShocker.com said...

Very Cool!

But what about MULTIMEDIA Messages?

You know... pics.

Thanks!

e said...

A good start, but why Samsung?

Askew's said...

Why is there still no Google Voice numbers for Hawaii? I would like to set my Sprint number as my main GV number and it still does not work.

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Cliff said...

I am unhappy about the treatment of the Nexus lines of phones recently. Nexus One was a HTC phone and is now hard or impossible to get. Nexus S was a GSM phone by Samsung that had was quad band for Edge but only tri band for HSPA (disappointment, couldn't use 3G services on AT&T). Going with Samsung with this was also disappointing as they are not known for having good cell phones. While the Nexus S is decent, it is missing major features such as LED notifications and a removable SD card. The phone should of had these features and also the 850 band for 3G services.

Now, you announce a Nexus S for a CDMA network? This is only available on the US for a limited number of customers. Also this phone cannot be used outside of the US, you cannot swap SIM cards, etc. This is disappointing, you should be working on LTE phones rather than making underhand deals with Sprint who screwed over Google Voice users in the first place.

I am also not happy with the specs of the LG "Nexus" G-Slate with only a 8" option for T-Mobile. I want a WiFi only "Nexus" tablet to come out. I am afraid of getting the Motorola Xoom Wifi model due to not knowing how updates will be coming out.

Google please get with the program. While I don't like the Apple iOS, their hardware and software updates are what does make them better. Sometimes "open" is not better.

Salvo said...

Will this have GPS capability?

jonathan said...

I have Sprint but i have a separate google voice number. since the nexus s will allow you to use your sprint number my question is.. What if you already have a google voice number?

can you keep it and still fully integrate the two? or will you have to choose between inconvenience of the app or the loss of the google voice number?

if you have to choose can you choose the google voice number over your current sprint one? and will that affect the calling of multiple devices?

sorry for all the questions. Thank you for your help!