Color me happy as hell. After watching the Galaxy Nexus announcement and then hearing that there will only be LTE and HSPA+ versions of the handset, Sprint availability seemed unlikely. Even before I saw the handset, I knew I wanted it on Sprint and according to the picture you see above, the possibility is looking very real.
While the shipment order is only for a poster of the handset, we could only imagine that Sprint must be gearing up with Galaxy Nexus marketing materials. With Verizon essentially confirmed and AT&T and T-Mobile versions likely on their way, adding Sprint to the carrier lineup is just icing on the cake.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy Nexus sign-up page, it showed seven possible carriers to choose from. This certainly doesn’t mean we are going to see the handset launch on the likes of US Cellular or Cellular South, but more to gauge consumer demand. This is exactly what was said at the announcement. Still, we hope that Samsung and Google had already decided to blanket the US with the Galaxy Nexus and make it available on all four major carriers in the first place.
The Galaxy Nexus is one sexy piece of hardware but that doesn’t mean we were completely satisfied with the entire handset’s specs. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor likely will be just fine for most people but the Nexus line is supposed to ooze with bleeding-edge tech and there are a handful of phones that exceed the Galaxy Nexus’ specs in more than one way.
Still, the star of the show isn’t just the hardware but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The latest version of Android keeps everything we loved about the OS but it’s been respun with a new vision and we like what we’re seeing. Sure, Ice Cream Sandwich will make it to many other phones going forward but you’ll then have to deal with custom skins and potentially delayed updates. The Galaxy Nexus will feature stock Android, which might be all you need now.
I didn’t want to switch to Verizon for the Galaxy Nexus but I was considering it more than I wanted to. If a Sprint release is imminent, I’ll switch in a heartbeat.
Has anyone else been hoping for the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint? Would you be willing to switch for it?