Last week, owners of the Nexus S became the first users around to make the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich via OTA distribution, rather than by flashing a custom ROM. Some reports, though, suggest that things aren’t going as smoothly as possible, and power-related issues may be causing Google to modify its distribution plans.
Users are reporting an odd behavior where they receive a notification that an update is ready, and download the update successfully, only to have the process stop and inform them that their phones are already up-to-date at the last moment.
A few days ago we let you know of the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update that Google was preparing for the GSM version of the Nexus S.
As with most OTA updates, this one is being distributed in a staged release, and it’s fairly large (128MB or so). If you’d rather not wait, or don’t want to download the whole update on your Nexus S, you can flash the update by following these simple steps.
It should be noted that this is the official ICS update and requires that you have the stock recovery image to properly apply. If you’ve got a custom [...]
Back at the beginning of the month, we learned that Google employees with Nexus S phones were lucking-out, and becoming the recipients of early Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Now the rest of you can join in on the Android 4.0 fun, as Google announced this afternoon the start of OTA distribution for the Nexus S’s update.
Google took to Twitter to announce the news, noting that the update will start to go out today, and proceed to reach Nexus S phones around the globe over the course of the next month. This update is only applicable to the original GSM Nexus S; there’s no [...]
Google Wallet is an app that lets you pay for purchases using the NFC chip in your Android-powered smartphone on special “PayPass” credit card terminals — but it is only “officially” available on the Sprint Nexus S 4G.
Nexus S 4G
If you want to run Google Wallet on your Sprint Nexus S 4G, simply download the Google Wallet app from the Android Market and you’re all set!
If you want to run Google Wallet on another device you’ve got some work ahead of you.
In this video we’ll show you the app working on a GSM [...]
Google likes to introduce major advancements in the Android platform with a special device — their “launch device”. They started the tradition with the T-Mobile G1, then later the Nexus One, Nexus S, and more recently the Galaxy Nexus.
Let’s take a look at the three phones in the Nexus family and see how the Google’s flagship device has improved over the years.
The Nexus One, the first in the family, was the collaboration of Google and HTC and released January 5, 2010. Google tried to challenge the way phones were distributed [...]
We’ve already seen the recent Bit9 study which unveiled popular Android smartphones being vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts and now it’s time for a North Carolina State University research to raise a couple of questions regarding pre-installed software.
Researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang at NCSU analyzed popular smartphones: HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S. The research found that while the model implementation of Android on [...]
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has made its way to the “dog food” stage of its development on the Nexus S. “Dog fooding”, for those who don’t know, is where a company uses their own staff to internally test a product before they release it to the public.
In this round, it’s Google’s previous flagship phone. We suspected an ICS update wouldn’t be too far out, and this step validates our suspicion.
According to the source, the update is coming to internal users via an OTA update, no special update process or PC required! This [...]
When Google dropped the AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich code earlier this month, all eyes turned to the CyanogenMod team, knowing that it was then only a matter of time before they’d craft that code into their next release. Rather than keep us in the dark, they announced hopes to have CyanogenMod 9 (skipping the 8 that would’ve been based on Honeycomb) up-and-running in about two months’ time; that was no guarantee, but at least told us to all just sit back down and wait patiently. Well, it may still be some good time before we see CM9 approach its finished state, but if [...]
Remember when Google said the Nexus One just wasn’t up to running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? That was just shy of a month ago. Since then we’ve seen only an SDK port running on the Nexus One, but now we’ve got an AOSP Custom ROM for it, too!
… and it’s not alone!
For those who don’t know, AOSP is the Android Open Source Project, the place where you “can find the information and source code you need to build an Android-compatible device.”
It’s been a week since Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich source [...]
While we’re all waiting for the Galaxy Nexus to arrive and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to be released to the AOSP, the is another way that we can get ICS on our phones: ports from the ICS SDK.
In most cases the result is closer to something you’d expect from “Dr. Frankenstein” than a “plastic surgeon” in terms of elegance and full-functionality, but being able to run ICS on your own phone before it’s available to anyone else can be too hard to pass up!
Since the SDK was released, here are some of the more noteworthy phones that [...]
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has a cool new feature: Android Beam, sometimes called “tap-to-send”. For those who haven’t heard about it, using an NFC-enabled phone running Ice Cream Sandwich, you simply touch the backs of two phones together, tap the screen and there you go, information shared!
Let’s say you’re like me, and are asked to share your business card a lot. Like me, you either run out of them quickly or forget to bring them with you. When the Android Beam hardware and software are finally commonplace, it won’t be an issue — [...]
Based on some comments and feedback I received from previous editorial, I’m not the only one that thinks Samsung’s shiny plastic cases give them impression they’re “cheaper quality” than other phones with metal cases or battery covers.
To address the issue on his Nexus S, XDA-Developer AardvarkAdventure took it upon himself to remedy the “problem” — with sandpaper.
Using what we have to assume would void parts of your warranty, this crafty fellow was able to mimic a charcoal-colored brushed-aluminum finish on the battery [...]
Previously we showed you how to run Android 4.0 in an emulator environment on your PC. It wasn’t long after that that an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Nexus S appeared online. In this video, we show you ICS running successfully on the Nexus S. Surprisingly, it’s good enough to work as your daily driver, although you’ll experience the occasional force close, and the ROM isn’t exactly optimized for speed. Hit the source link to download ICS for the Nexus S in beta form. To install, just enter your bootloader by holding volume up and power when the device is off, [...]
Last week, we looked at some of the efforts being made to let you get your hands on some Ice Cream Sandwich action a little bit early. On one of the spectrum, there were some media resources pulled from the just-released Android 4.0 SDK that you could use on your existing Android, and for those of you looking for a more inclusive preview, we saw some work towards porting Ice Cream Sandwich to existing phones. If that latter option is more your speed, you’ll want to check out the new ROM that’s just been released for the Nexus S, bringing the new OS to the quintessential [...]
With the recent announcement of Ice Cream Sandwich, pocketnow readers are asking themselves whether they should shell out the money for the new Galaxy Nexus, or if they should wait until the Nexus S gets it’s Android 4.0 update (which we’re sure it will).
Once the new Galaxy Nexus comes, it’s older sibling, the Nexus S, should see a price-drop. Theoretically you could pick yourself up a Nexus S after the new phone goes on sale and save a bunch of change… then simply wait for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to come to the Nexus S and get most of [...]
We’ve already heard HTC analyzing the newest Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, in order to perfect an upgrade plan — and hopefully other manufacturers will do that too. Google comes to the rescue giving out some precious information about the update.
The second Google-phone, the Samsung Nexus S, will get its Ice Cream Sandwich treat (officially), according to Google’s Gabe Cohen. The latest version of Android “theoretically should work for any 2.3 device” is a statement that both Gabe Cohen and Matias Duarte seem to agree upon. In the light of this [...]
Just moments after the Google | Samsung Ice Cream Sandwich launch event concluded, the AndroidDevelopers Channel on YouTube posted the first official promotional video of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which will be released sometime next month.
The video highlights many of the new features of ICS as well as the sleek curves of the new smartphone — all in a very Tron-esque style.
What is your favorite feature of Android Ice Cream Sandwich? What do you like or dislike about the Galaxy Nexus? Let us know in the [...]
Back at the beginning of September the Samsung-made Google Nexus S received an Android 2.3.6 update but caused some issues (with WiFi and USB tethering) and was quickly pulled. The Nexus One successfully received the 2.3.6 refresh recently and now the Nexus S is getting the update rolled-out again.
The new update is build GRK39F (opposed to the buggy one which was GRK39C) and is still Android 2.3.6, with reportedly working tethering functionality. If you know your way around updating and playing with ROMs (insert usual warning here), head over to the source link to download the [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not in the world of Google’s Android project. This week we discuss the recent teaser of a Samsung event in Berlin on September 1st and we also breeze through all the leaks of the week, which by the way include information on the Google Nexus Prime and how it may bring a 720p resolution screen to the market. We go through all the all the Andriod Smartphone releases for the week and all the software updates you definitely must look out for. In the Dark Side we go through the HTC Evo 3D [...]
Earlier this week, we heard that a fix was coming shortly to address a long-standing bug with the Nexus S, causing its voice search to get stuck “on” unexpectedly or activate without user interaction. Now, not only is that bugfix upon us, but it brings the operating system up to its next decimal revision, as Android 2.3.6.
The update is just starting to go out, and it could be a little time before all users see it. Comments in Google’s support thread reveal that some Nexus S owners have been able to charm the update down by manually checking for it, but other [...]
Have you ever seen someone else so hard at work on their smartphone that it makes you feel a little embarrassed to be using yours mostly for Angry Birds and YouTube? One of the latest projects we’ve seen for Android devices is enough to make even us feel like smartphone underachievers, where Nexus S handsets were taken on-board the final Space Shuttle mission for use interfacing with space-bound robots.
A pair of Nexus S phones were hooked up to some MIT-designed SPHERES robotic satellites. The Androids used a WiFi connection to the Shuttle to communicate with astronauts [...]
The Samsung-made Google Nexus S may not be top-tier hardware any longer, but it still holds a special place in the Android lineup as the flagship Gingerbread device. As a result, it’s usually first in line for new software revisions, which have brought additional features like Google Talk video chat. Despite being at the forefront for these kinds of updates, there’s been some stagnation when it comes to getting more routine updates to the device, like bugfixes. There’s been one annoying voice search bug that’s gone uncorrected for months, but Google looks like [...]
Now that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is official, when are we going to get the new smartphone that launches it? After Froyo first landed on the Nexus One, and the Nexus S arrived with Gingerbread, won’t we need a new Google phone to serve as the template all other Ice Cream Sandwich devices look to for inspiration, running clean Android with no extra UI enhancements? Well, Google isn’t ready to announce the Nexus 3 quite yet, not confirm that it would be an ICS launch phone, but the company is thinking long and hard about it, with Andy Rubin commenting at Google I/O that [...]