Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich Update, Android 4.0.3 rolling out

Nexus S users, get ready for some Ice Cream Sandwich. Google announced via the Nexus Twitter account that Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0 will be rolling out to Nexus S users over the course of the month, starting today.

Google has also published a set of tips for Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) users moving to Android 4.0.

Pretty handy stuff. You can go through the whole list over Google Support page, here.

As of now, it looks like the update is rolling out to T-Mobile USA Nexus S devices (that would be the i9020T), and if you’re one of them and haven’t received the update via OTA yet, you can manually install it (Not recommended for everyone). Android Central has an easy guide up, along with download links, here.

Do not attempt to install that on any other Nexus S devices, including the variant that was sold in India (i9023), as you could brick your device. (Thanks @gauravh1 for the tip).  If you really want to install it, you can get the file and instructions for the official i9023 release over at XDA.

Moving on, Google announced via the Android Developers blog that it would be releasing Android 4.0.3 (the same version that’s being rolled out to the Nexus S), and that this would be the base version of Ice Cream Sandwich that would be the focus for it’s partners. 4.0.3 brings a few new APIs to developers, including:

Social stream API in Contacts provider: Applications that use social stream data such as status updates and check-ins can now sync that data with each of the user’s contacts, providing items in a stream along with photos for each. This new API lets apps show users what the people they know are doing or saying, in addition to their photos and contact information.

Calendar provider enhancements. Apps can now add color to events, for easier tracking, and new attendee types and states are now available.

New camera capabilities. Apps can now check and manage video stabilization and use QVGA resolution profiles where needed.

Accessibility refinements. Improved content access for screen readers and new status and error reporting for text-to-speech engines.

Incremental improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, Bluetooth, and more.

Read all about that over the Android Dev blog, here.

If you have managed to receive ICS on your Nexus S, or if you have a Galaxy Nexus, do share your thoughts on the new OS. You could catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld, or you could just comment below.


Source: @googlenexusThe Verge, Android Developers Blog, Android Central


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