Google Rolls out Android 4.0.4 OTA Update for Nexus S 4G

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Last December, Google released an Android 4.0 update for its Nexus S. However, the Nexus S 4G for Sprint was ignored. It was followed by a leaked Read-only Memory update for Ice Cream Sandwich two months ago, which made users hope than an over-the-air update will arrive soon. Unfortunately, nothing happened.

The Android Update that Never Came

Last January, xda-developers forum shared a leaked Android 4.0 ROM for the Nexus S 4G. Users’ initial reaction was positive, stating that the Ice Cream Sandwich update was stable, enhances the devices’ baseband and increased the WiMAX speed. The forum even shared an instruction on how to manually flash the Nexus S 4G with the mobile operating system update. However, no official Android 4.0 update was released.

Another Leaked ROM for Nexus S 4G has Arrived

Today, GSMArena reported that they received another leaked ROM for the Nexus S 4G. The device has been around for a while now, and it’s about time that it receives some update. It is said that the mobile operating system update, also known as the IMM76D ICS ROM, will bring in the features that Nexus S users have been enjoying for months. This includes baseband update, which improves WiMAX reception. However, a release date is yet to be known.

Recently, Google also rolled out the update to the GSM versions on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, although only few mobile owners were able to have it. Thus, others opted to update their devices manually.

With the search engine giant’s known history of ignoring Nexus S 4G with regards to OS updates, users might also prefer to manually upgrade their handsets to Android 4.0.4. Fortunately enough, Korey Nicholson of BriefMobile shared how users can install the new OS version on their handset. However, owners should be reminded to make a backup of their files, as manually updating Nexus S 4G’s software can delete its entire data.


A delay in software update for mobile devices can be an indication the telecom companies and mobile manufacturer follow tedious steps that will guarantee that a new firmware version can support both spectrum. Otherwise, this could result to bad publicity.

On the other hand, this slow process of rolling out a software update serves as an opportunity for competitors to release their cutting edge handset. Thus, if the Nexus S 4G will be left out again, that could be one user out of the list.


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