Hot on the heels of the rolling out of Ice Cream Sandwich for several high-profile Android devices in the last couple of days, it seems that Google won’t take the beating by Samsung, HTC and Asus sitting down. Sound off the ICS siren, as Android 4.0 is expected to finally land on Nexus S phones across the country in the next following weeks.
Reported by Mobile Syrup, the arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich for Google’s former flagship device is imminent. The update will finally bring ICS to the 9020A and 9020T variants of the Nexus S, but with none of the bugs that plagued the company’s first attempt. Owners of the Nexus S may remember that dreaded month of December, where they gleefully update the smartphone to ICS only to found out that it crippled the phone's battery life, among other annoyances. Here’s hoping that the second time around is better.
At this point, it is unknown which build of ICS the Nexus S will get. The Galaxy Nexus itself still runs ICS 4.0.3, though 4.0.4 was unintentionally leaked a month ago.
The Nexus S was the second Google’s flagship device, after the Nexus One. Built by Samsung, the phone was released in December 2010 sporting, at that time, the fresh Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In addition, the Nexus S was the first Android phone to support NFC. With specs like 4-inch super AMOLED screen, 400 x 800 resolution, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and 5MP camera with LED flash, these were enough for the phone to receive praises from critics. These days, however, it takes a quad-core processor and a monster-size display for a phone to get noticed.
The next Google’s flagship device is still hotly contested by Samsung, HTC, Huawei, and Asus.