Sprint launches Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper, promises Android 4.0 ICS updates for Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Nexus S

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus is finally here! OK, not here, but on Sprint’s website, and in stores. The smartphone was launched yesterday, April 22, the same day the US carrier introduced the LG Viper. The two handsets are the first from Sprint to feature 4G LTE connectivity. While the LG Viper costs $99.99 on contract, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is priced at $199.99. That extra $100 gets you a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED HD screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and some other features that can’t be found on LG’s Viper.

Still, if you want the Viper, Sprint is selling it here. If not, go check out the Galaxy Nexus here.

We’ve also got news for those who have older Sprint Android smartphones, and aren’t ready to change them yet. Sprint has confirmed on its official blogs that a variety of devices would be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this year. Only two handsets have been specifically mentioned, and they’re both made by Samsung: Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, and Google Nexus S. Although Sprint didn’t mention it, the Photon 4G will get Android ICS, too, as Motorola has confirmed this not long ago.

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