Sprint will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on April 22 for $199 with a two-year contract. It’s another Android 4, LTE device that looks to boost Sprint’s 4G smartphone offerings.
Sprint is still playing
catch-up when it comes to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology, but the carrier
is now working overtime to fill its network with 4G-ready smartphones. Sprint
plans to start selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus April 22 for $199 with a two-year
The Galaxy Nexus runs the Ice
Cream Sandwich, or 4.0, version of Googles Android platform,
been slowly making its way it way into the mainstream market. This version of
Android is offered on a handful of devices and more are expected later this
year as carriers such as Sprint, Verizon Wireless and AT&T offer more 4G
The Sprint version of the
already offers its own
is also available for preorder starting April 16,
and customers can receive their phones as early as April 20.
In the past month, Sprint
has been slowly building up its inventory of 4G LTE devices to better compete
against AT&T and Verizon. On April 4, Sprint
and HTC announced the Evo 4G LTE smartphone
, which also sports Android 4.
That device goes on sale May 7.
Later this year, Sprint
plans to roll out its own LTE network and move away from the WiMax system its
deployed with the help of Clearwire. In addition, Sprint plans to offer what it
calls enhanced 3G service. While the carrier has yet to officially announce
its LTE rollout, Sprint does plan a midyear deployment, starting in several
cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San
In addition to Android 4,
the Galaxy Nexus offers a host of familiar features, including a 4.65-inch
Super active-matrix organic LED (AMOLED) touch-screen display (1280 by 720p
resolution) and a 1.2GHz, dual-core processor. The device offers two camerasa
5-megapixel, rear-facing one and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing onealong with
Google+ Hangouts, which allows users to have video chats. The rear-facing
camera can also shoot video in 1080p.
The smartphone also offers a
1850mAh lithium-ion battery that provides 7.5 hours of talk time, plus 32GB of
internal memory. The device measures 2.67-inches wide and 5.33-inches long.
Its 0.37-inches thick and weighs 5.1 ounces.
The Galaxy Nexus also
includes near-field communication (NFC) technology, as well as Google Wallet.
Google has struggled to get Google Wallet adopted, and Verizon and AT&T
have shied away from it. However, Sprint has been willing to gamble on the
retail payment technology despite what some see as security holes.
Sprint also offers Google
Voice technology for managing voice mail and phone numbers.
Since the Galaxy Nexus
offers Ice Cream Sandwich, users can choose from a number of different software
features. This includes Face Unlock, a facial-recognition feature that uses the
owner's face to lock and unlock the phone without passwords.
For those interested in
business, several little niceties come with the Galaxy Nexus, including mobile
hotspot capabilities that allow the user to support up to 10 different WiFi
While Sprint has struggled
to catch up with the likes of Verizon and AT&T, Samsung
is charging ahead with some of the most popular devices in the United States,
thanks to its use of the Android operating system
. A recent comScore report
found that nearly a quarter of those 13 or older own a Samsung device, whether
its a phone or tablet. However, the Apple iPhone continues to gain in
popularity, and the same report showed the company leapfrogging ahead of Motorola
and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.