Sprint has plenty of Google lovin' going on these days

Sprint may be having a bad day thanks to AT&T"s announcement that it will purchase T-Mobile for a hefty $39B, but that isn't stopping the company from moving forward with its 4G agenda.

While competitors like AT&T and Verizon are ultimately pushing towards LTE for 4G data connectivity, Sprint is placing its main focus on WiMAX. Today, the company announced its latest the WiMAX phone: the Nexus S 4G.

The Nexus S 4G is the "First Pure Google 4G Device" according to Sprint, and will allow Wi-Fi hotspot functionality with up to 6 devices. Other features include a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Near Field Communications (NFC), and dual cameras (5MP rear, VGA front). 

The Nexus S 4G will of course be running Google's latest smartphone operating system, Android 2.3 "Gingerbread". 

“Nexus S 4G shows the strong commitment Sprint has to Android, and when combined with our 4G network capabilities, it gives customers the option of a pure Google experience,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “As the first 4G smartphone with Android 2.3, Nexus S 4G delivers on the promise of the advanced data capabilities of 4G to deliver an incredible Web browsing experience, offers quick and easy access to future Android updates and access to the services built into Google Voice.”

The Nexus S 4G will be priced at $199 with a two-year contract.

The other big news coming out of the Sprint/Google came today is the announcement of tighter Google Voice integration for Sprint smartphones. Sprint customers will now be able to use their existing Sprint phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port it. Any call or text message initiated from your phone will display your Sprint phone number. 

Sprint customers also have the option of making their existing Google Voice number their Sprint phone number. In either case, Google Voice's voicemail system will replace the service offered through Sprint.

You can read more about Sprint's Google Voice integration (and catch a video) here.

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