Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich rollout may be completed in the next few weeks


What's that? You thought that owners of the Nexus S series of Android smartphones should already have Ice Cream Sandwich? Well, despite the fact that the "Nexus" moniker is supposed to indicate a device that will always be updated to the latest version of Android as soon as possible, the Android 4.0 update has yet to roll out to any Sprint Nexus S 4G users, and only a few lucky users got the official T-Mobile update before it was shelved. 

According to Google, this is because a major bug in the update was discovered just as the rollout was beginning last year. They stopped the update, and have been working to fix and release it as soon as possible. However, they provided no timetable for when they though the release might resume, leaving many Nexus S owners feeling abandoned. 

Fortunately, according to an Enadget source, the Android 4.0 update for Nexus S devices on both T-Mobile and Sprint will be pushed to all devices within the coming weeks. If true, that would mean that Google has taken nearly four months from the release of the Galaxy Nexus to update its last flagship phone, which is only a little more than a year old. 

Of course, it is nice to see that the Nexus S will at least be getting the promised update, but the long delay is a bit concerning. Samsung is already beginning their rollout of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy S II, and although it's a newer phone, it isn't one of Google's anointed. I'm sure most users will just be glad to finally get their update, but this delay in the update process has served to shake my faith in Google's speedy updates and support for the Nexus line.


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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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