Vodafone currently testing Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” for the Samsung Nexus S

Here’s the reason you purchase a Nexus device, ladies and gents. Vodafone, in their latest blog post, have said that they’re currently testing the Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” update for the Samsung Nexus S. Sure, it might be over a month after the launch of the current flagship Nexus device, the Galaxy Nexus, but it’s still quicker to get Android 4.0 than any other major device available at the moment.

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Vodafone have no specific date set for the launch, so we’ll take a stab in the dark and say very late this month or early February if everything goes to plan. That’s if you haven’t already unlocked and flashed Android 4.0 like a real dedicated Android user.

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  • Ummm there was an article on LifeHacker.com.au a month ago about the ICS update, with a lot of respondents saying they'd gotten theirs OTA.
    ...Now I'm confused...

    • It was being pushed out, but then a problem was found with the software and they stopped. People could still manually install it themselves if it wasn't pushed to them. I'm pretty sure the problem was to to with the battery life, someone correct me if I'm wrong.

    • In some markets Google is able to push updates straight to the device but here all the networks want to test for months on end before pushing the updates out.

  • That's weird.  I've had ICS on my Vodafone AU Nexus S for three weeks now.  It's the factory ROM, no rooting or flashing.  I got an OTA update to Icecream Sandwich on about the 22nd December.  Android version 4.0.3, Kernel version 3.0.8-gb55e9ac, android-build@ apa #1.  Build number IML74K.

    I suppose it's possible I was selected as a trial user because a friend with the same phone briefly got an OTA update notification, ignored it, and it went away never to return.

    No problems with the update btw, Android 4.0 is excellent.  Face Unlock is missing but that's about it.

    • It's been said Face Unlock was removed because the resolution on the Nexus S makes it unreliable.  I have it on my AOSP ROM - and I gotta admit, it is pretty useless.

  • Again, I'm pretty sure some vodaphone peeps (such as one of my friends) got this update already, about a week after your article with the link for a manual update was published

  • This is the reason why I don't want to buy Galaxy S II, Samsung is not really supporting its products after selling like Google. Galaxy S and Nexus S have the same specifications, but only Nexus S can update to ICS. Guys, do you have any advice? I don't think Samsung will update any further android version for Galaxy S II after ICS :( Should I buy Galaxy S II?

  • Yep like some others about a month ago now I woke up with a notification on my Nexus S to download  ICS. Been running pretty well, a couple of things i really don't like (or just not used to yet) but otherwise works well.

  • I tried updating manually and it didn't work, does anyone know how to manually check for updates? my phone is i9023? Android 2.3.3?

  • They've currently frozen roll out in the us to monitor feedback.
    Battery drain issues, wifi issues and some people are downloading and it isn't installing.

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