How To Manually Update Android 4.0.4 ICS On Nexus S

How To Manually Update Android 4.0.4 ICS On Nexus S
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Google has finally started to push its Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 update to Nexus S devices. ICS is is one of the biggest updates to Android yet, since it has so many new features integrated in the OS, like robust speech to text engine, scanning face to unlock the phone, data sharing focusing on Near Field Communication and more. If you haven’t received the ICS update yet, and  if you’re anxious to update your Nexus S, then this tutorial will guide you for the process.

How To Manually Update Android 4.0.4 ICS On Nexus S

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You’ll need to download the 18MB update file and install it over the stock IML74K 4.0.3 firmware. Read every step carefully while updating your device.

Step 1: After downloading the update file, rename it to “”.

Step 2: Copy this file to the root directory of your Nexus S

Step 3: Power off your device

Step 4: Power your device on, while holding the Volume Up button, followed by Power button

Step 5: By using your volume keys for navigation, go to “Recovery” option and select using “power” button.

Step 6: You’ll see an exclamation mark on your screen. Hold the Power button followed by Volume up button

Step 7: From the Recovery menu, select the update from SD card option and browse to the that you have copied in step 2. Select the power button to confirm.

Step 8: Now select “reboot system now” option. That’s all you need to do. Voila, your Nexus S will now taste the new and amazing Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

According to reports, more than 97% of Android devices still haven’t received an Ice Cream Sandwich update. 97% is no doubt a hell of a figure. Google is finally pushing the ICS update to Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. This update will be pushed through over-the-air (OTA) to all users owning these devices. If you don’t want to follow the above method then you’ll need to wait and watch until you can see the update notification on your pull-down notification bar. To manually check about the update,  press the Menu button and navigate to Settings > About phone > System update. But those who are among the impatient ones can follow the above method to get the brand new Android ICS 4.0.4.

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