Nexus S was the latest reference Google phone available before Galaxy Nexus became available this year very recently. Google Nexus S was released back in Dec. 2010. From a hardware perspective this phone is based on the popular Samsung Galaxy S except for the notable addition of NFC chip and also the lack of support for an SD card. Nexus S has the Samsung Exynos 3110 processor. This processor combines a 45 nm 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 based CPU core with a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU. Nexus S supports 512 MB of internal memory. Screen is 4-inch based on popular Super AMOLED technology developed by Samsung.
Now the good news for the Nexus S owners is is the official availability of the Android 4.0.3 based Ice Cream Sandwich firmware. This was for the most part expected as Google devices were for sure going to get the ICS firmware upgrade with the highest priority. You can download it right now and then flash it from the recovery mode. Flashing of this official Ice Cream Sandwich firmware for the Nexus S is not difficult. But if you can be a bit patient this update will also be pushed through the OTA.
Anyway, here is the procedure to flash it on your Nexus S as explained in a simple manner by zephiK form XDA forums:
Grab the OTA package here http://android.clients.google.com/pa…o/VQ8PQk_V.zip
Update 4.0.3 from the google servers (128mb download)
Rename it to update.zip.
This isn’t needed for the Nexus S bootloader, but it makes things easy, if that’s how you prefer them.
Copy it over to the internal storage on your Nexus S.
Power off, then hold volume up and power to reboot to the bootloader.
Using the volume key to navigate, select recovery, then use the power button to confirm
When you see the warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and tap volume up. You’ll see a menu.
From the menu, select "apply update from /sdcard", and choose update.zip from the list.
Let it do its thing and update your system, radio, and other partitions. When finished, choose "reboot system now"
Here is a nice video walking you through the whole procedure of manual installation of the ICS firmware on a Nexus S device:
In the mean time, have a look at our recent articles: Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Review of Best New Features and as well as: Some Impressive Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) Features That You Don’t Know! to get hang of what the recent ICS craze is all about!
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