Has Ice Cream Sandwich Hit Your Nexus S Yet?

Has Ice Cream Sandwich Hit Your Nexus S Yet?

If you want a brand-new phone running Ice Cream Sandwich, then you can choose from a stack of carrier deals for the Galaxy Nexus. But if you picked up its predecessor, the Nexus S, during its brief period of availability from Vodafone earlier this year, you might also be in luck.

Reader James tells us that he’s already been offered an update to Ice Cream Sandwich on his Nexus S. However, his partner, who also has the same phone, has not, which suggests the rollout is being staggered. Have you seen the update appear yet? Tell us in the comments.

Speaking of all things Vodafone and Galaxy-related, it’s worth pointing out that Vodafone has dropped pricing on the Galaxy S II, making it available with no additional handset charges on its $29 plan. That sale runs between now and Christmas Eve. Thanks James!


  • My wife and I both have a nexus s. She got the update this morning. I haven’t. Kind of glad about that. The update wiped all her contacts from the phone. Anyone know how to retreive them?

        • Go to System Settings -> Accounts & Sync

          Is her Google account there? If not, hit “Add Account” and add her Google account again, it’ll pull in her contacts from the cloud.

          If it is, hit the account, and make sure “Sync Contacts” and “Sync Gmail” is ticked.

          • I’ve only ever done an OTA update once before (I usually use custom ROMs) – but from memory it does prompt you that any data saved to the internal phone memory (i.e. NOT the SD card) will be lost. Having said that, most data is sync’ed with Google’s servers anyway – so when you add your Google account during the one time set up after the upgrade, most of your data should be pulled back to the phone anyway.

          • We’ve got the gmail account back, but no contacts. Can’t find any “Sync Contacts” or “Sync Gmail” to tick.

  • Yep, got the notification yesterday and upgraded in a few minutes. A couple of things didn’t work (a widget and a live wallpaper) but everything else looks great! 🙂

  • Found the OTA update on sunday morning. Only updated on Sunday afternoon. Everything updated and synced perfectly. Especially digging through the settings I quite like the threshold internet warnings you can set. I don’t seem to be able to exclude Facebook and other social media though, something google might want to consider since a lot of carriers offer unlimited social networking.

    I also like the new panorama option on the camera function. Regarding the battery live I do not dare to make any statements since I haven’t tested this in any rigorous way, it seems to be similar as on 3.2.6 (that is disapointing).

  • Did mine manually the day after i picked up the galaxy nexus. I had been running various xda versions for the last few weeks. Its amazing how well it handles on the Nexus S, for the price you can pick them up they make probably the best budget handeset going round.

  • I got a little impatient yesterday and installed it manually last night. My bootloader no longer works, but at least everything else on my ics works and my angry bird high scores are still there. 😛
    I’m a Nexus S user on the three (Vodafone?) network

  • Both my wife and I have the nexus s from vodafone. She got the auto update notification on 3 days ago. Not me; manually uploaded and we’ve both been running it happily for a couple of days. Like most things but wish there were alternatives or the ability to make changes to the lockscreen.

    • Prsumably to make sure there’s not too much impact on Vodafone’s network – if every Nexus S owner downloads a ~100mb update all at the same time, it’s gonna put a LOT of strain on a network already feeling the pinch…

        • Don’t quote me on this, but I’d say no – I’m pretty sure that particular bit of information is stored in the phones memory, not the SIM.

          Having said that though, if you’re not Optus/Telstra/other network – watch out for carrier charges, I think it’d be unlikely that the OS update would be unmetered…

  • I got the update on my Nexus S yesterday. So far, I’m in two minds about the update. Biggest disappointment is the removal of the silent shortcut from the lock screen. Also, GO SMS doesn’t assign contacts to senders, but I suppose that will come with time.

    Other than that, my phone’s speed and battery life seem to have improved, which is definitely nice. The iOS style app folders are also a nice additional.

  • My wife and I brought a pair of Nexus S prepaid from Vodafone for AU$269 each last week. Unlocked out of the box and got the ice-cream sandwhich update 19/12 am. Installed very smoothly. Didn’t loose a thing.

  • i did have the update in the notifications, i clicked it, it started downloading then is disappeared and its saying that my device is up to date and im still on gingerbread! wtf! i tried checking for updates in the settings but that didnt work. frustrated!

  • Hi same for me. The download happened OTA it verified the download then asked me to confirm install and restart of phone. There was a countdown from 10secs to allow me to cancel the install if I wished. After 10 secs it just switched to my home screen. No install or restart of phone happened. And it still on gingerbread buy says my system is up to datr

    • That’s exactly what happened to me. I manually restarted after downloading to see if it would update but I still have gingerbread 🙁
      Maybe it’s today’s update gone wrong? I am only seeing people complain about the non-install after download starting today (20th dec).

  • Bought my Nexus S in April on a Crazy John’s (Vodafone) Contract – still on 2.3.6 and phone is content that it’s up to date 😉 I think not little fella! Looking forward to the upgrade (when it appears!)

  • Woke up Sunday lunch time with the notification to update waiting for me.
    Imported my Nexus S at the start of this year. I’m on a Telstra pre-pay.

    Didn’t lose anything and everything work’s perfectly.
    Loving ICS!

    The only thing i am having trouble with is the GPS voice, it has changed from a female voice to a male. which is fine. the volume of the voice is much louder than before, this i am glad about, but…
    it does swap back to a female voice probably once in every 10 – 15 directions and the female voice is a lot quieter.
    it’s very frustrating, as i use navigation to get to 20 – 30 different places a day.

    Other than that, Not a problem.

    • Google Maps Navigation has a built in pre-recorded spoken directions is uses to supplement its text-to-speech directions (i.e. for generic directions like “In 200 metres, turn left” instead of “In 200 metres at Smith Street, turn left”).

      Having said that the built in text-to-speech engines are woeful – jump on the market and download SVOX or Ivona Voice – both leave the default engines for dead.

    • 0. Assume the risk that flashing a ROM bring along with it
      1. Download the OTA .zip file here


      2. Rename it to update.zip
      3. Copy the file to your Nexus S’ internal storage
      4. Turn your Nexus S off
      5. Hold down the volume-up and power buttons to reboot to the bootloader
      6. Use the volume key to select recovery, then press the power button to confirm
      7. When you see a warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and press volume-up
      8. From the new menu select “apply update from /sdcard”, and choose update.zip from the list.
      9. The update will apply, when finished choose “reboot system now”

  • I got the update notification on my nexus s saying I can now update to Ice Cream Sandwich and that the phone will reset and install. So I did that and for some reason….it did not install it!…now when I check my system updates it says no updates available!! So how can I get Ice Cream Sandwich??

  • Still have n’t got it and this p***es me off because I was one of the first to receive Nexus S in the Australian pre-release last year. Whatever happened to good old priority queuing ? Time to bite the bullet and root I’m thinkin’ !

  • I think they’re still staggering the updates – my mum and I got the updates but my wife and my dad still dont. My auto update failed the first time and when i tried checking for updates it was gone – said it was already up to date. I had to manually install it in the end.

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