ICS OTA Update on Nexus S!

ICS OTA update (official ICS update from Google) has been released as of yesterday.  Those of you on stock Gingerbread ROM should automatically be updated to the new Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3.

I got a bit curious so unrooted my Nexus S then manually installed the official ICS update.  Surprisingly, I find the official ICS update missing stuff like NFC and Face Unlock, which worked fine on the ICS ROM by Brainmaster.

So what?  I would advice not unrooting and installing this OTA update as it’s not much better than existing custom ICS ROMs.

If you still want to install it, you can go ahead, unroot your Nexus S, then install the following update.zip file in stock recovery.

Download update.zip

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18 Responses to ICS OTA Update on Nexus S!

  1. Michael says:

    Do you have any links or information about the update.zip file for the I9020A version?
    I cannot express how badly I want it and it hasn’t come OTA yet, GAH!

  2. derp says:

    Rooting doesn’t work anymore on ICS.

    • Micheal says:

      I’m gonna have to second that. Rooting/CWR are just hanging at “waiting for device” and access to bootloader’s oem unlock/lock are a no-go on my T-mobile Nexus S. I was able to install the update but now I’m locked into ICS 4.0.3 factory image… Max you’ve got to help us!

    • giannis says:

      Working with specific version of su binary. Also there is a few bugs such as you are not able to allow or deny, always gets allow as answer and if you update the su binary via superuser you lose root permissions.

  3. AjnabiZ says:

    I would wait for a custom ROM OTA ICS release rather than unrooting it and installing the stock.

  4. GRT says:

    @Nexus S Hacks: Can you give me a link to older miui versions? I really need this because the latest miui is so big and very very slow on nexus s.

  5. jess says:

    I’m dying to get this on my ATT i9020 nexus s if anyone knows anything about that update.zip file let me know!!

  6. Alexander Garcia says:

    Will the ota ics rom for google for the game nexus s work on a sprint cdma nexus s 4g if put on the sd card and booted that way.

  7. Predra says:

    lot of navigation apps and games wont start on ICS, so be carefull!

  8. glenn says:

    by upgrading this zip file will the android 4.0.1 be changed to android 4.0.3 tks

  9. Ali says:

    The thing I love about it is supporting “Right to Left” language (Persian or Farsi) by default. No need to do changes to system files. :D. Great performance by the way. Thanks for the update.zip.
    I am just curios about the fact that I couldn’t update my phone from the official update popup on notification bar, after downloading and installing from there, I got exclamation mark on start-up. But this update.zip do the trick. I don’t understand why, so if you have any idea I would be happy to find out.

  10. Ronald says:

    Installed and tested, but the web browser crash any time.
    Better wait for the official release.


  11. Michael says:

    when i try and do the update it aborts about halfway through

  12. KID ANDROID says:

    Released this morning the NEXUS S will receive ICS OTA in MARCH. This is OFFICIAL.

  13. Aung Kyaw Myo says:

    Please help me! I updated my nexus s from 2.3.6 gingerbread to 4.0.3 ice cream sandwich. Now wifi doesn’t work. How can I get it back?

  14. JMB says:

    GB 2.3.6 to ICS 4.0.4

    If you own a stock i9020a, non rooted, locked boot loader currently running GB 2.3.6, you may want to try this, it worked flawlessly for me.

    Go to manage apps and locate Google Services Framework, clear data and immediately power off your device. DO NOT respond to the GPS query, just power off.

    When you power back up, you should receive an official system update notification, simply follow the prompts.

    Make sure you have more than 50% battery (I plugged mine in) and connected to wifi. You’ll have ICS 4.0.4 installed and running on your device in less than 15 minutes.

    Good luck and enjoy!

  15. Muhammad Zohair says:

    hi evry1 em facing problems in unrooting my phone that google nexus s.. can any1 plz help me 🙂

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