Nexus S gets some Android 4.2 love via CyanogenMOD 10.1 nightlies

Daniel Bader

December 21, 2012 5:46pm

The Nexus S never really got the send-off it deserved: the former flagship is coming up on two years old and, with the release of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google decided it was not in its best interests to continue supporting the aging single-core handset.

But, like the Nexus One before it, developers have breathed new life into the Samsung-built smartphone. The CyanogenMOD team has released its first official nightly version of CM10.1, based on Android 4.2.1 source code.

Like its Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 peers, Android 4.2.1 works great on the Nexus S and but for one persistent bug — the phone’s accelerometer is not working so it does not detect rotation requests — the build is flawless.

For anyone who’s been rocking a Nexus S for nearly two years now and hasn’t delved into the murky waters of custom Android ROMs, now is your time. You’re going to be upgrading soon anyway, right?!

Head to CyanogenMOD for more details.

Via: XDA Developers

  • Jon Snow

    Running the Dec 21 nightly and rotation works normally on my Nexus S

  • np

    play store force closes on launch for me, google now isn’t working as well

  • np

    also data (wifi/3G) not working. yikes.

  • pawn

    Glad i sold it to some smuck who didnt know there would be no more OTA updates from google!

  • ckizzle

    What’s wrong with using 4.1 on the Nexus S?

    • Pascal B

      what’s wrong ? a phone is not about making some calls and enjoying it, the main purpose of a phone is only to get a new update, it’s the ultimate goal. 😉

  • Milpool

    Can anyone comment on how fluid this is? My unrooted Nexus S is running stock 4.1.2 and can be just ridiculously ASS slow at times. I made it a bit faster by removing most widgets off the home screens (which freed up a considerable amount of RAM), but it’s still quite sluggish overall. Only a handful of installed apps, and I exit (swipe to right) all apps when I’m done using them.

  • monsterduc1000

    Hit up RasBeanJelly 4.2.1 on XDA developers for an AMAZING Rom. Very close to stock with some key mods, but the smoothest custom rom I have ever used. Especially with the Marmite 7.2 custom kernel.

  • RyanOver

    my HTC Incredible S need some love too

  • GreenManiac

    Since my last update to 4.1.2 my Nexus S never been the same. It went from a very smooth smartphone to really messed up stuttering retardphone, still working but full of glitches and bugs. And since my PC can’t recognize it as a USB device anymore. When the play store is updating apps, I can’t do anything else, it just lags too much, it used to be invisible to me, I didn’t even notice. To a point where I bought a Galaxy S3 and now don’t care much about firmware updates anymore, knowing it can mess up my fully working phone now. What’s the point of having the latest update if it cripples your phone in the end?

  • drone