Great news for Nexus S owners, just one day after the launch of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the U.S. version of Google’s new flagship Nexus phone updates for the Nexus S GSM model has started rolling out starting on the 16th of December. Google also announced a minor upgrade to the Ice Cream Sandwich platform this afternoon — Android 4.0.3 — which the company indicated would be the “base version” of Ice Cream Sandwich from this point forward.
Guess the perks of owning a Google phone is paying off as it will be one of the first units other than the Galaxy Nexus to receive Ice Cream Sandwich. No news for the 4G version of Nexus S though, so the wait continues for WiMax and CDMA owners.
If you’re like me and can’t wait to get your hands on Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus S, you can manually download the update and flash it to get your phone running Android 4.0 within a blink of an eye. If you’ve still not had a chance to play around with ICS yet, fret not, the awesome peeps at Google has even made up a list of tips for Gingerbread users to help you navigate your way around ICS. Check it out
1. Download the firmware package (it’s straight from Google)
2. Rename the file to update.zip (for simplicity’s sake) and copy it to the Nexus S internal storage
3. Boot into bootloader by powering off, then holding power and volume up.
4. On receiving the warning, hold the power button and press volume up.
5. From the next menu, select “Apply update from sdcard.” Choose update.zip.
6. After the process is complete, it will ask you to reboot. Do so and you’ll be running Ice Cream Sandwich
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