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April 20, 2012

Official ICS OTA Update for Google Nexus S

The long wait is finally over as Google released the Official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update for Google Nexus S (GSM version) in the Philippines.

After nearly 4 months since Google stopped the ICS OTA update for Nexus S due to reported bugs and instability, Google has resumed the roll-out of their latest OS last week. I updated mine last week but gave myself some time to check if there are some things that are different from the manual update that I’ve done previously.

Note: This only goes to show that even if you manually upgraded your Nexus S to ICS by following our walkthrough (or any other method for that matter), you’d still be able to get the official OTA ICS update on your phone after following our instructions on how to revert it back to Gingerbread.

There’s not much of a difference in this official update than the manual one which is 4.0.3. Some of the things that I noticed are the UI is smoother and snappier, screen orientation is more fluid and there’s lesser app force close. Battery life has improved a bit which is due to a much lower battery consumption of the OS.

For a more detailed feature of Android ICS on Nexus S, you can check out our previous article here.

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16 Responses to “Official ICS OTA Update for Google Nexus S”

  1. Louie
    Twitter: John_Louie
    says:

    It finally arrived. :D

  2. HK-47 says:

    Are you referring to the local rollout of the 4.0.4 OTA update? Because it’s been out in other countries for a few weeks now.

  3. Drey
    Twitter: iam3739
    says:

    Will this update erase my phonebook, inbox, and apps?

    I don’t want to go through restoring it again…
    Thanks!

    • Turonbulaong
      Twitter: TuronBulaong
      says:

      No Sir. Just get ready to be bombarded with app updates after installing ICS. :)

    • Turonbulaong
      Twitter: TuronBulaong
      says:

      No Sir. Just get ready to be bombarded with app updates (especially if you have lots of apps on your phone) after installing ICS. :)

    • Drey
      Twitter: iam3739
      says:

      Okay, noted for the app update. Will make sure internet connection is fast when I decide to update the os.

    • Drey
      Twitter: iam3739
      says:

      Thanks pala… :D

  4. Macoy says:

    I got my ICS OTA update for Nexus S a couple of weeks ago pa. This “news” is a bit late. :O

    @Drey, nope it won’t erase anything. It will add contact entries from your Twitter/FB to your contact db, though.

    • Turonbulaong
      Twitter: TuronBulaong
      says:

      “I updated mine last week but gave myself some time to check if there are some things that are different from the manual update that I’ve done previously.”

      This is the reason why the “news” is a bit late.

    • Drey
      Twitter: iam3739
      says:

      Ok thanks Macoy

  5. yumax says:

    Got my OTA update more than a week ago even if I updated mine manually last december. I didn’t revert back to Gingerbread.

  6. Jam says:

    How about for the Samsung Galaxy S2 when will the ICS be?

    • Turonbulaong
      Twitter: TuronBulaong
      says:

      It was released since last month and should be available through Samsung Kies. :)

  7. Vrion says:

    Up until now I don’t see the ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 via Samsung Kies. When will it be available ba talaga?

  8. e30ernest
    Twitter: e30ernest
    says:

    No need to revert to Gingerbread. As long as you were running the stock ICS update from Google, you’ll receive this OTA whether you updated to 4.0.3 manually.

    The update (like any Nexus Android update) was rolling out gradually so you may receive it later than some. I received mine 2 weeks ago and updated with no issues.

    The update will not erase your stuff. :)

    I hope this helps!

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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