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]