Don't diss my phone: Nexus S to get Ice Cream Sandwich within weeks

Don't diss my phone: Nexus S to get Ice Cream Sandwich within weeks

Summary: Google has confirmed that the Nexus S will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich within weeks, so owners can feel a little smug right about now.

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Google has whetted everyone's appetites for the next tasty version of Android that looks to bring OS improvements all around. The Galaxy Nexus will be the next Google flagship phone, insuring owners will always get Android updates, and in a timely fashion. The current flagship handset, the Nexus S, is going to get Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) "within weeks" according to Google, which will make it one of the first existing Android phones to get it. Google has also confirmed that the original flagship phone, the Nexus One, is too old to get ICS.

See also: After the iPhone 4S, Android just feels wrong

My recent article about the iPhone 4S, specifically how its smooth operation made my Nexus S 4G feel dated, generated a litany of angry responses about the Nexus S. I don't want to rehash them all here, some were definitely heated, but the gist was the Nexus S is too old to compare to the latest iPhone.

The Nexus S has been around for months, the commenters pointed out, and only has a single-core processor. This makes comparing the Nexus S to the iPhone 4S very unfair, and even irresponsible according to some commenters. It doesn't matter that the Nexus S/Nexus S 4G is the current Android flagship phone, it can't compare to the iPhone 4S and it is unfair to do so.

Whatever folks may think of the Nexus S, owners are feeling pretty smug now. The main reason most buyers wanted an Android flagship phone is to get timely official updates. Knowing that the phone will be getting the Android 4.0 update, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, makes up for the "dated" capability of the phone. The latest and greatest official version of Android will be hitting the Nexus S soon, so I would say that makes it a great phone to own right about now.

The Nexus S 4G from Sprint, which happens to be my phone, is the only Android phone that works with Google Wallet. Wallet is the service that uses the phone's NFC hardware to pay for goods by simply tapping the terminal to pay. I finally got to test this yesterday, and it is pretty heady stuff to pay for goods just by tapping the phone on the terminal. Of course there aren't many merchants accepting Google Wallet yet, which is why it took so long for me to try it. Truth be told it took the return of the McRib to entice me into an establishment that accepted payment by my phone.

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  • RE: Don't diss my phone: Nexus S to get Ice Cream Sandwich within weeks

    I'm looking forward to getting ICS onto my Samsung Galaxy S II, even though I'm sure I'll have to do it myself.
    David Chernicoff
  • RE: Don't diss my phone: Nexus S to get Ice Cream Sandwich within weeks

    I don't understand NFC. You make it sound like it takes more time to pull out a debit card than pull out your phone. It doesn't...especially considering you have to wait for the cashier to be ready in the first place. Unless you're one of those people that might as well bolt their phone to their hand of course.

    Also I doubt most of them are feeling smug. Most Android users probably don't even know what Ice Cream Sandwich is. The only people that care are people that...well, visit sites like ZDNet.

    And to be honest, I have and Android and am perfectly happy with Gingerbread. It's not like your phone suddenly becomes crappy because it doesn't get an update.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Don't diss my phone: Nexus S to get Ice Cream Sandwich within weeks

      @Aerowind No but then you realize how outdated your phone is when it doesn't get an update. It's kind of like a slap in the face honestly. Your 9-12 month old phone is no longer getting OS updates. Even if you like your current software the fact that OS support for your device has already stopped is sad.

      I mean their are some Android devices that may never see an update to their stock OS.
      Bates_
    • RE: Don't diss my phone: Nexus S to get Ice Cream Sandwich within weeks

      @Aerowind
      NFC isn't just about credit card payments. Japan uses it for all kinds of stuff already.
      Droid101
      • RE: Don't diss my phone: Nexus S to get Ice Cream Sandwich within weeks

        @Droid101 You might tell ZDNet then. Any time NFC is mentioned, business transactions are mentioned in the same line.
        Aerowind
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  • RE: Google Wallet

    You saying, "Of course there aren???t many merchants accepting Google Wallet yet, which is why it took so long for me to try it" is a bit misrepresentative. ANY retailer or merchant that can accept Paywave/Paypass/NFC will take Google Wallet as a form of payment. You know, the little .))) symbol? Every gas station, convenience store, drug store and fast food place around here has them.

    Kind of surprising it really took you so long to try it out. After installed a ported version to my NS, I tried it out 4 minutes later at a Wawa down the street.
    furlonium