The best thing about Google's Nexus phones is that they come with stock Android, no tacky launcher or bloaty apps. Another benefit is that Google push out the updates for these devices, even for older products. This month, Android Ice Cream Sandwich has been released for the Nexus S; making it the second Android phone to run the latest version of the mobile operating system.
If you're lucky, you may have already received the 'Over The Air' (OTA) update, upgrading your phone to Android 4.0. However the majority of Nexus S owners haven't. If you're dying to get the latest update right now, follow the simple steps below (you don't need root!):
- Back up your phone. I recommend Titanium Backup; it requires root but it does the job well. Another option is My Backup Pro. Both are available on the Android Market
- Download the update below to your computer. It's the latest version, Android 4.0.3!
- Connect your Nexus S to your computer and activate USB mode
- Copy the update over to the root directory (not in any folders) of your Nexus S
- Turn of your device and turn it back on while holding the 'volume up' button
- Using the volume buttons, navigate to 'Recovery Mode'
- When the exclamation mark is displayed; press the power button followed by volume up
- Select 'Update from SD card' and choose the update file you copied to your phone
- Let it install!