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Rumor: Nexus S, Nexus S 4G getting Android 4 update soon

updated 01:30 am EDT, Fri March 16, 2012

False start in January had battery issues

After a previous false start that was aborted in December when serious battery drain issues were discovered, Google now plans to make Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x) available as an update to owners of the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G smartphones sometime in the next few weeks, a source tells Engadget. Google pulled the updates repeatedly after making them available "to monitor quality feedback."

While the Nexus S is not expected to get all the features of ICS (for example, no on-screen navigation buttons), it should handle most 4.x features such as Face Unlock and Android Beam file transfers. The Nexus line, usually cited as a "reference phone" for Android (though the CDMA version has been "disappeared" off official endorsement lists), is long overdue for the upgrade, having originally seen promises in October of last year. Both models feature a 1GHz single-core processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, dual cameras and 16GB of built-in storage.

Hackers and enthusiasts had taken to compiling their own versions of Android 4.0 in November based on the source code posting while they waited for official support. The amateur versions often lacked support for certain features, such as USB Mass Storage, video recording and an inoperable Data Usage gauge.

Users who have have the AWS version of the Nexus will have to use a "homebrew" version if they want to see ICS on their phone, as it is officially unsupported. [via Engadget]

By Electronista Staff


  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    Milk shake

    By the time it is released, it would have become milk shake. An imagery comes to mind:

    A little kid trying to lick the ice cream cone, but the scoop just falls on the ground on a hot summer day.

    Game over.

  1. ASathin8R

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2010


    It beggars belief...

    Seriously, how pathetic is it that these handsets are still waiting for updates when the allegedly run 'plain vanilla' installs of the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Whose fault is this? Samesung, Google, or both? It really is beyond ridiculous that it can take so long for these so-called reference handsets to get an update to stock ICS. So apparently getting a 'reference' phone is no longer any kind of guarantee to getting a 'speedy' update...

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