Apr 10th, 2012

Sprint’s Android 4.0.4 update for the Samsung Nexus S 4G should be making its way to handsets any day now, but for the impatient out there Ice Cream Sandwich can be yours now. Google has posted the update’s factory image to their code bank and uploaded the official update file to go along with it. The file has been tracked down and can be installed to the stock Nexus S 4G without root or other modifications. Here’s how:

  1. Download the update file
  2. Rename the file to ‘update.zip’ (make sure the file extension isn’t doubled [E.g. ‘update.zip.zip’])
  3. Power down the handset
  4. Hold down the up position on the volume rocker while powering up the phone to enter the phone’s bootloader mode
  5. Use the volume rocker to navigate to ‘RECOVERY’ and select with the ‘power on/off/standby’ key to enter recovery mode
  6. Select ‘install update.zip’
  7. Wait for installation to complete and the phone to reboot then enjoy Ice Cream Sandwich

It’s worth nothing that updating via this method will afford you the same results as those that wait for the file to be pushed by Sprint. This is the official software release all users will receive. If you have any apprehensions it may be best to wait until Sprint officially launches the rollout of ICS.

[via AndroidCentral]


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