Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and 4G LTE Come to Sprint Today

Sprint launched the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G smartphones today.

Both of these devices will be compatible with the carrier's 4G LTE network when it is officially launched later on this year.

The Galaxy Nexus was previously available through Verizon exclusively since its initial release back in December of last year.

There is one thing that makes the Sprint version stand out and that is the fact that it comes with Google Wallet. Verizon left the feature out due to the carrier reportedly working on creating its own payment system for smartphones.

The Galaxy Nexus is the first Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich device on Sprint and is now available on the carrier for $199 with a new 2-year agreement.

The LG Viper 4G is also an impressive device sporting a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch WVGA display and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This handset is slightly cheaper than the Galaxy Nexus at $99 with a new 2-year contract.

9to5 Google strongly recommends the Galaxy Nexus over the Viper if you are a Sprint customer looking to purchase an LTE device.

"If you can spare an extra $100, I think the Galaxy Nexus should be your No.1 choice, but this device should do well too," wrote the site.

The carrier also launched the Optimus Elite today that is basically an entry-level device packing a 3.5-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera. It is not compatible with 4G LTE unlike the other two smartphones.

Sprint hopes to have its 4G LTE network up and running by the middle of the summer in many areas throughout the U.S.

Receiving the Galaxy Nexus is huge for the carrier, who enjoyed a nice boost in smartphone sales after getting the iPhone 4S last year.