It has been a long time coming – Android 4 for the Samsung Nexus S phone. Over the last few days Google has once again been rolling out the 4.0.4 update for the Nexus S as well as the Galaxy Nexus. As impatient as I am, I still don’t have the desire to root my device and mess around with some custom ROMs, so I bit my lip, trembled and tried to stay patient.
Over the Easter weekend, I noticed that the official OTA update was posted online so I decided to download it and give it a go. This update can be applied without erasing your phone (although a backup is highly recommended). I did back up my text messages and decided to take the plunge.
It’s pretty awesome.
Overall, the experience is everything I hoped it would be and menus and home screen scrolling is seemless, smooth and very fluid. This version of Android adds some features such as native screen capture and a few more things that make it work trying out. There are a lot of different guides and sets of instructions around the web, but I figured I could save you a lot of hunting, searching and reading of different instructions if I simply posted up everything you need to move your AT&T/Telus/Fido/Rogers/Bell version of the Nexus S (i9020A) from Gingerbread’s 2.3.6 (GRK39F) to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 (IMM76D).
This requires no rooting, no bootloader tweaks or anything all that special. If you can copy a single file to your phone’s MicroSD card, you can do it.
I’ve included a file with a full “How to Update” readme that includes very basic instructions on how to get your phone updated. Please keep in mind that this is ONLY for the i9020A phone running 2.3.6. If you have anything else, please drop me a line and I can hook you up with a link.
Please download the package here and enjoy!
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