Sprint finally begins updating the Samsung Nexus S 4G to Android 4.0 ICS

News Stephen Tenerowicz 19:36, Apr 05 2012

Sprint's Samsung Nexus S 4G gets its turn at Android Ice Cream Sandwich starting today

Sprint tweeted on Thursday that the Samsung Nexus S 4G, Google's 2011 Android flagship, would begin receiving Android Ice Cream Sandwich starting today.

For Sprint users dying for some ICS goodness, the update brings a great deal of improvements, including enhancements to the UI and an updated version of Android system apps. ICS also brings a much more advanced camera app and much improved battery life.

The over-the-air update applies to Nexus S 4G phones that use the CDMA/WiMAX cellular technology only. The Nexus S 4G is receiving Android 4.0.4 ICS three and a half months after the first Android 4.0 upgrades began--stunningly late for a Nexus device.

Nexus S 4G owners will be notified when the update is ready to download and install. For those who simply cannot wait, I have written out some instructions on how to manually install the update below.

Here is how to do it:

1. Download this file.

2. Rename it update.zip.

3. Copy it over to the internal storage space on your Nexus S 4G.

4. Power your device off and then hold power and volume up to boot into the device’s bootloader.

5. Select Recovery using the volume keys and then confirm.

6. You’ll soon see a warning triangle and an arrow. Hold the power button and hit volume up.

7. A menu will pop up where you’ll want to select Apply update from /sdcard. Select update.zip.

8. It will install and you’ll want to select reboot system now.

9. Boom--Android 4.0.4 should be up and running on your Sprint Nexus S 4G.

For any more Nexus S 4G update questions, check out this post over on the Sprint forums. Enjoy!

 

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