Samsung's Galaxy Nexus will be one of the first smartphones that Sprint Nextel Corp. introduces over its 4G LTE network later this year, Sprint announced Monday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The LG Viper 4G LTE is another smartphone that Sprint said it will debut on its 4G LTE network in the first half of 2012.
Sprint, the third-largest U.S. mobile operator, announced last week that Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will be among the first markets where the carrier will activate its high-speed network. The company plans to launch 15 4G LTE devices this year, including handsets, tablets and data cards.
The Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot is another device that Sprint will support over its network. Sprint said the hotspot will enable customers to extend 3G and 4G wireless connections beyond laptops, connecting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including cameras, music players, personal media players and portable game consoles.
The Galaxy Nexus is built on Google's Ice Cream Sandwich Android platform, which includes such features as facial recognition to unlock a phone and near field communications technology that enables users to share web pages, apps and YouTube videos by tapping phones together. Both the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G LTE will support Google Wallet, which will let customers make purchases at hundreds of thousands of participating retailers by tapping their phone.