Rumour: Nexus S update to Ice Cream Sandwich to roll out in the next few weeks

Daniel Bader

March 16, 2012 8:01am


Call it magic, fate or whatever you will, but only two days after we wrote a bit of criticism of Google’s silence in regards to the absence of an ICS upgrade for the Nexus S, Engadget has received confirmation from a reliable source that an upgrade is imminent. Coming to both the 9020A (Rogers/Telus/Bell) and 9020T (WIND/Mobilicity) at the same time, Google has apparently fixed all the outstanding battery/usability issues that plagued the first Android 4.0.3 release.

We aren’t sure whether this build will also be running the same software version or whether it will be bumped to Android 4.0.5 as rumoured for a March release earlier this year. While we’re still not impressed with Google’s reticence to provide an explanation for the delay, at least all you Nexus S owners should be very happy about this news — as long as it’s true.

Source: Engadget

  • rufusy

    Wasn’t I hearing about the nexus s update in a few weeks back in October… hmmmm

  • Jay Jay

    You didn’t honestly think Google would forget about the Nexus S? Better a bit late than never ;)

  • Dono

    I love android and all, but this is kind of stupid no? Nexus S being a google phone couldn’t have gotten ICS when it was released 4 months ago?

    • Eh?

      They did release it, but there were issues and they took the update off the servers. This would be a fixed version of the update, if the rumour is true.

  • Frustrated

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! It’s probably tied to the release for Google voice in Canada.

  • shaggyskunk

    Love ‘em or hate them, but you can’t deny that android fans must be just a little envious of the way that Apple gets not only it’s products out in a uniform manner, but also it’s software updates…. The only two things I personally like about apple.

    • Nick

      Sort of, but not really… I’d take Gingerbread over iOS 5 any day. That said, I’m rooted and on ICS on my Nexus S, and it’s SWEEEEEET.

    • Domingo

      As you said “the only two things” As far as everything else about apple they’re simply a control freak fascist company.

  • weaktooneeder

    I’m not gonna hold my breath !!

  • Darren

    I was going to root and install CM9, but now I can take advantage of my procrastination and wait a few more weeks.

    • Dave

      LOL….Me too!

  • Jay

    I credit MobileSyrup solely for the fire that was lit under googles a*s!

  • Ray

    This is one of the many reasons I hate Android. Even the Nexus devices take months and months to get updates. The only reliable way of getting the updates is hacking it on or buying a new phone.

  • Gus83

    But will they retract the release again after 48 hours because of issue “x”??? I’ve been using the Google release of 4.0.3 for the 9020T for 3 months and my battery “issues” were negligible and largely linked to apps that had not yet been enhanced for 4.0.3. Once they updated, I found that my battery life is virtually the same.

  • NIX

    I’ll believe it when I see it.
    Sadly for google employees a few weeks is a few months.
    Love the phone hate the customer service… wait what service?

  • greenlink

    you can’t call it magic, apple has a patient for magic

  • kenypowa

    who would have thought HTC Sensation, Vivid and Samsung Galaxy SII would receive ICS before Nexus S?

    • Mark

      I bet not even Google, HTC, or Samsung dreamed that scenario.

  • roman129

    I’ve got two of those with AWS band, running official 4.0.3 since the day Google rolled it out in December, and it’s fine. No lag, and the battery lasts longer than with Gingerbread.

  • Jay

    At this point, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • kevinc

    I’ve been using 4.0.3 on my Nexus S since December.
    The build does seem to have some bugs in it, aside from the mentioned battery drain (which really wasn’t that severe for me). MMS messages stopped working, certain core apps lost functionality, etc.

    I suspect there are more issues with the Nexus S 4.0.3 build than has been publicly discussed, and that Google decided that, while they are working on fixes for these issues, they wanted to squeeze in some other feature or two.

  • stickwithmobilicity

    Really hoping it’s 4.0.5, while I don’t have that many issues with 4.0.3… From time to time I’ll get a random reboot (anything between 0 and 2 times a week) and like kevinc mentioned, mms doesn’t work too well.

  • monsterduc1000

    Hopefully not another lie for those who have waited patiently, but I have already installed CM9 (nightly version) on my phone and it runs Amazingly! No issues with MMS, battery is great with the “conservative” and 1100mhz overclock settings CM9 offers, and I have found no other issues with CM9 at all. It simply gets faster and smoother with each new version.

    I know benchmarks aren’t the be all, end all of phone functionality, but my quadrant and Smartbench scores have gone up nicely with each update of the CM9 nightly, and well over what a stock Nexus s is doing.

  • Lance W

    I’ve been using CM9 for a couple of months on my Nexus S. Rock solid. Don’t see why they delayed it this long.

  • Dave

    Google seems to employ the strategy of saying nothing in order to avoid overpromising/underdelivering. It’s reasonable when you’re building free services on the Web, but when you have paying customers with existing expectations, you really need to be more communicative.

    I stick with them because at least I know they’re working on it and they’ll do a good job in the end. Many do not have that patience.

  • Lawlerballer

    Lol. Of course AFTER a non Nexus phone starts getting the updates that the Nexus S begins to roll out “in the next few weeks”. So much for a Nexus line phone, Google just abandons the older phone as soon as they push out the newer one, people just don’t wanna believe it. Had they wanted to show that they’re supporting both Nexus S/Galaxy they woulda pushed out the ICS update for the Nexus S a few days after the Galaxy Nexus’ release. Instead they made the update available weeks (month/s?) later then pulled it to take this long to fix it because they were too busy with the Galaxy Nexus.

    Only way to stay properly updated with the Nexus line is to buy the new one every year.

  • deltatux

    What’s this battery issue people keep talking about? My battery has been better than Gingerbread. What Google needed to fix is MMS which a lot of friends have been complaining about.

    MMS is indeed broken on 3G, works with WiFi though which is odd.

  • xuc

    It was said to be “in the coming weeks” five months ago.

  • Johnet

    Issues like this, poor customer service, not paying developers have me questioning whether it would be wise purchasing an android tablet.
    If Google can’t keep their own brand up to date, what hope is there for Asus Prime having ICS?

  • IAK

    The feature I got the phone for was being always “up to date” when it comes to the operating system. Nexus line is supposed to be that? Why is it getting the 4.0 in the same monthly ballpark as S2/HTC/Etc flagships?

  • Thas

    This is not so different from just saying’ relax we’re working on it” which actually kind of pisses me off a bit more. I know it’s in the works & I know it’s coming. Just tell me when. I guess that’s too much to ask of Google…

  • MrGreen

    I’ll believe it when I see the “Update Available” pop up in my notifications tab. Until then, I’ll remain pissed that I bought a Nexus phone thinking Google would actually give a rats a*s and provide the support they said they would in the first place.

  • Billy

    I agree that the Nexus S should not have to wait so long for updates. It’s why I bought the phone too, and if updates take this long with a vanilla phone, I’ll be going to back to HTC or Samsung or whoever. Not impressed…

  • BIG BOY

    better late than never , but never late is better

  • Pawnwick

    Give me my Ice cream sandwich!!!

  • Zia

    Still its not straight from Google and it will take something to get a word out of their mouth.

  • Domingo

    Rumours are if empty headed women. That is what Google has become. Not official statements that would show respect for it’s customers. I guess that’s how Google is run. Leak rumours through “endgadget” As far as I’m concerned, nothing has changed. We know nothing, including weather that “rumour” is just horse crap from somebody at endgadget. I’ve lost so much respect for these morons at google since getting the nexus s that that I only rate apple slightly lower than them as far as ethics go.

  • :)

    buy iphone or nokia

  • like butta

    So now it’s March 24, and still nothing.
    I wish rumours would go away – no, not the eponymous Fleetwood Mac album, you sillies!

    Waiting (im)patiently,

    lb

  • Scott_D

    Its march 30th, and it am still wondering why I bought a nexus phone. Motorol is starting to role out ics on April 4th or 6th. What the he’ll google, this is your phone. I am very disappointed with my updates and lack of information.

    • John

      Same here. Not impressed at all. One of the main reasons I bought the Nexus S, is to have immediate access to vanilla Android releases.

  • Canuuck

    Delays, delays, delays. Must have someone from RIM working for them on this upgrade.

  • JMB

    If you own an i9020a, stock, non rooted with a locked.boot loader currently on GB 2.3.6, you may want to try this, it worked perfectly for me. Under manage apps, locate Google Services Framework & clear data. DO NOT respond to the GPS query, immediately power off your phone, wait a few seconds and power back up. You should receive an official notification, direct from Google’s servers informing you of a system update available for your phone. Make sure you have at least 60% battery (I plugged mine in) and connected to WIFI. Then follow the directions. In than 15 minutes you’ll be up and running with ICS.
    I am on Rogers, north of Toronto, have been running ICS for a week now, its like having a brand new phone.
    Good luck…