Owners of the Nexus S may already feel satisfied with Google’s announcement to bring the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update to the said smartphone within weeks. But, there are people who just can’t wait any longer.  The fellows at XDA Developers managed to compile for the Nexus S and the Nexus S 4G a custom build of Android 4.0 from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) source code.

Being an unofficial build, the custom ROM is littered with bugs and non-working features. For instance, video recording is not functioning at the moment, as well as tethering and data usage limit. USB mass storage and Wi-Fi connectivity initially were not operating as expected as well, but they have been fixed in later releases of the custom ROM.

Overall, the ROM’s current state is worthy enough for daring Nexus S owners to install on their handsets.  Only 10 minutes of spare time is required, according to reports from users who tried the procedure.

Co-developed by Google and Samsung, the Nexus S was the flagship phone for Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Preceding it is the original flagship phone, the Nexus One, which Google has confirmed to be too ancient to receive the ICS update.

Are you bold enough to try this custom ICS build on your Nexus S?

Conan Hughes
Contributor at Android Authority covering all things Android.