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

 

Nexus S 4G announced for Sprint

Google Announced earlier today that a new iteration of the Nexus S, which was the first device running Gingerbread (aka Android 2.3), called the Nexus S 4G will soon be available on Sprint. Apart from the usual Nexus S config (see here,minus the Radios, as it’s CDMA), it features a Wimax Radio (hence the 4G) to run on the Sprint Wimax network similar to the Evo 4G and the Epic 4G. But that’s not the best part. This is the first phone to completely integrate Google Voice! Well done Google (and Sprint of course, for letting them do that I guess).

Head over to http://www.sprint.com/nexus (which isn’t opening up btw, but you get redirected there from the Nexus S site).

 

Here’s the post from the official Google Mobile Blog:

“Introducing Nexus S 4G for Sprint

Monday, March 21, 2011 | 5:00 AM

[ad#ga-cbox-right]Recently, we introduced Nexus S from Google, the first phone to run Android 2.3, Gingerbread. In addition to the UMTS-capable Nexus S, today we’re introducing Nexus S 4G from Google, available for Sprint. Nexus S 4G is part of the Nexus line of devices which provide a pure Google experience and run the latest and greatest Android releases and Google mobile apps.

We co-developed Nexus S 4G with Samsung to tightly integrate hardware and software and highlight the advancements of Gingerbread. Nexus S 4G takes advantage of Sprint’s high-speed 4G data network. It features a 4” Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. It also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from everyday objects that have NFC tags.

In addition, today we’re excited to announce that Sprint customers will soon be able to take advantage of the full set of Google Voice features without changing or porting their number.

You can find more Nexus S information and videos at google.com/nexus or follow @googlenexus on Twitter for the latest updates. Nexus S 4G can be purchased this spring online and in-store from Sprint retailers and Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S.

Posted by Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering”

 

Google Nexus team announces Gingerbread update

Google NexusRejoice all you Google Nexus One and Nexus S users. Google Nexus team officially announced the Gingerbread 2.3.3 update via Twitter just few hours back. Google Nexus tweeted “Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) update now rolling out to Nexus S and Nexus One. Be patient, may take a few weeks for OTA to complete.”

Its been a long wait specially for Nexus One owners since the gingerbread release. So the wait is almost over for those waiting for the official release.

See the Google Nexus tweet here

Nexus S officially here!

After tons of rumors and leaks over the past few months, the Nexus S is officially here!

In case you didn’t know, it’s the Nexus One replacement.

Thanks to the Official Google Blog, we now have details of the phone. And it looks to be killer. It’s the first device to run Android 2.3 aka “Gingerbread”. And since it is not “Skinned” by the manufacturer, it will deliver the “Pure Google” experience, much like the Nexus One.

First up, here are some specs for you:

Processor and memory

  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
  • 16GB iNAND flash memory

Display

  • 4.0″ WVGA (480×800)
  • Contour Display with curved glass screen
  • Super AMOLED
  • 235 ppi
  • Capacitive touch sensor
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating

Hardware

  • Haptic feedback vibration
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Light sensor

Software

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market
  • Calendar
  • Gmail
  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps with Navigation
  • Google Search
  • Google Talk
  • Google Voice
  • Voice Actions
  • YouTube

Cameras and multimedia

  • Back-facing: 5 megapixels (2560×1920)
  • 720 x 480 video resolution
  • H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • Front-facing: VGA (640×480)
  • 3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack
    (stereo audio plus microphone)
  • Earpiece and microphone
  • Software noise-cancellation

Battery

  • Talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G
    (14 hours on 2G)
  • Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G
    (29.7 days on 2G)
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion

Connectivity

  • Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
  • HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
  • microUSB 2.0

Here’s the backstory to the Nexus S:

Take a look below to learn more about the Nexus S:

You can learn more about the Nexus S by visiting www.google.com/nexus.

Here’s the official release from Google:

Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread

“The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008. Just over two years later, Android’s vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices. Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide. The volume and variety of Android devices continues to surpass our wildest expectations—but we’re not slowing down.

Today, we’re pleased to introduce the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, and unveil the next Android device from the Nexus line of mobile products—Nexus S. And for developers, the Gingerbread SDK/NDK is now available as well.

Nexus S is the lead device for the Gingerbread/Android 2.3 release; it’s the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform. We co-developed this product with Samsung—ensuring tight integration of hardware and software to highlight the latest advancements of the Android platform. As part of the Nexus brand, Nexus S delivers what we call a “pure Google” experience: unlocked, unfiltered access to the best Google mobile services and the latest and greatest Android releases and updates.

Nexus S is the first smartphone to feature a 4” Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. It also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in all kinds of everyday objects like movie posters, stickers and t-shirts.

Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support
You can find more Nexus S videos and information at google.com/nexus or follow @GoogleNexus on Twitter for the latest updates. After December 16, Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan) online and in-store from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and after December 20 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers in the U.K.

We’ll be open-sourcing Gingerbread in the coming weeks and look forward to new contributions from the Android ecosystem in the months ahead.

Posted by Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering”

Interesting!! If you do get your hands on one, or already have one, do let us know what you think by commenting below. Or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld. And do visit our Facebook Page.

Thanks to TechKnots for the heads up!