Yesterday, Google released the Nexus 4 in quite a few countries of the world, pushed the Android 4.2 OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, released the updated binaries and Android 4.2 factory images for all the devices, and lastly, pushed the latest version of Android to AOSP.
Google’s lead AOSP engineer – Jean Baptiste Quèru – also announced that beginning with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google will be ending support for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM. This means that both these devices will not be getting any future updates from Google including the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. This should not really come as a surprise since both these devices have been in the market for nearly 2 years or more. Even then, both these devices are actually running a much more newer version of Android compared to majority of the Android devices out there.
The surprising news, however, is the lack of support for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 3G variant in AOSP. It was initially presumed that the Nexus 4 lacks LTE so that it could be AOSP-compliant, but it looks like Google is yet to convince Qualcomm to open-source its secret sauce! Or, Google might be facing some issues with open-sourcing the GSM stacks used in the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 7 3G variant.
Hopefully, whatever the issue be, Google will be able to solve it and support the Nexus 4 in AOSP.
The Android engineers over at Google must be having a busy day today. After rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, and releasing the new Nexii devices, Google has also released the factory images of Android 4.2 for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10.
The company along pushed Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to AOSP. This means that developers can start working on integrating Android 4.2 in their ROMs.
There is a bad news, though. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will not be available for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM. Both these devices will remain on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and will not be supported henceforth in future AOSP releases.
Apart from all this, Google has also made the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean SDK and NDK available for download for app developers. Last, but not the least, Google also updated the Device Art Generator to add support for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10.
Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S owners can download the OTA update zip file from here and here, respectively. Owners of Nexus S (I9020 and 9023 variants) can manually install the update by downloading the OTA update, renaming it to ”update.zip” and then transferring it to their handset. Then, reboot your handset into recovery mode by pressing the Volume Up and Power key and finally select the ‘install update.zip’ option.
The steps to manually install the OTA update on the Galaxy Nexus are a bit complicated, but if you are still interested, then head over to this thread on XDA for the steps.
Owners of the Wi-Fi variant of the Motorola XOOM will be automatically notified when the update is available for their tablet. The 4G LTE variant of the XOOM and the Galaxy Nexus will get the update only after Verizon is done with its internal quality testing, which can take quite a while.
The Android team over at Google has had a busy month. After rolling out the Jelly Bean OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus and pushing its source code to AOSP, the team rolled out a minor OTA update for the Nexus 7. After this, they rolled out the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM.
Last night, the Android team at Google performed the last step of a successful Jelly Bean roll-out by uploading the stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean factory images for the Nexus 7, Nexus S and the GSM Galaxy Nexus, before probably going on a long holiday. These stock Jelly Bean factory images are handy for developers or advanced users, when a bad custom ROM installation leaves them recovery-less.
Sadly, the factory images are not available for the CDMA variants of the Nexus S (Sprint) and the Galaxy Nexus (Verizon) thanks to some proprietary CDMA blobs. Worse, Nexus S 4G and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners need to wait for at least a few more weeks before they get the Jelly Bean update on their handset, all thanks to their operator’s rigorous ‘testing’.
The factory images for the Nexus S, Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus can be downloaded from here.
After rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 last wee, Google has finally started rolling out the update for the Nexus S. The update is being rolled out for the I9023 and I9020 variants of the Nexus S.
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update will bring a considerable improvement in the device performance thanks to ‘Project Butter’. Apart from this, the JB update will bring an enhanced notification bar, a new search experience – Google Now, improved keyboard with better predictions, and much more.
The Nexus S will be the first single-core phone to run Jelly Bean, so it will be interesting to see how Jelly Bean works on it, and whether Project Butter will be effective on the near 1.5 years old phone hardware or not.
If you own a carrier-branded version of the phone, the OTA update will take some time to show up. Owners of unlocked Nexus S should be getting the OTA update within the next few days.
Alternatively, Nexus S can download and install the update manually on your handset here.
Back in December, Google started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S, nearly 2 months after it had originally announced it. However, within a few days the big-G had to pull back the OTA update because of all the complaints of the Nexus S owners. The OTA update was not even made available for the Nexus S 4G or the AT&T’s I9020A variant of the handset.
The complaints of the Nexus S owners ranged from poor performance to random reboots and FC’s and pathetic battery life. The company pulled the OTA update without any official statement, and now more than 3 months have passed by, and yet the big-G has not started rolling out the OTA update again. What’s the point of a Nexus handset, if users have to wait for such a long time to receive the update? Disappointing Google!
Nevertheless, one of the sources of Engadget claims that Google is working hard on releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update within the “next few weeks”. Similar rumors have popped up previously as well, so Nexus S owners should not get their hopes too high.
Moments ago, Google announced that they will start rolling out the official Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S starting from today. It was late last night that Google also released Android 4.0.3, which includes some bug fixes and provides developers with a few more APIs to play around with.
The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will bring with it many new features including GPU rendered UI, new web browser, new launcher, a magazine style UI, enhanced copy and style method and much more. Sadly, the much touted and hyped Face Unlock feature is missing from the official ICS update for the Nexus S. According to one Google employee, its because the Nexus S hardware is too weak to support the Face Unlock feature. Ironically, all the custom Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the Nexus S do have the Face unlock feature, and it works like a charm. Google has also released the ICS source code for the Nexus S and the LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus.
The update is being rolled out in stages, and can take nearly a month (!) before it hits your Nexus S. Alternatively, Users can also manually install the update by following the steps mentioned here. Nexus S owners must keep in mind that they will not get the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update on their handset, if they have unlocked the bootloader on their handset.
Back in May, Google announced its Google Wallet service, which as the name suggests makes your Android phone your wallet.
Today, Google has released its Wallet’ app for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. With the Wallet app, Nexus S 4G owners can use their phone instead of their CitiBank Credit Card to pay their bills. The Wallet app works via the NFC chip found on the Nexus S. Yeah, Google finally found a good use of the NFC chip, which it introduced with the Nexus S nearly 10 months ago.
Below is a video of Google Wallet in action-:
Right now, the Google Wallet service is available for only for CitiBank and MasterCard customers, with Visa, Discover and American Express already supporting the service. As a gesture of thanks to early adopters, Google is also adding $10 free bonus to Google Prepaid card, if Wallet users set it up before this year’s end.
Interested Nexus S 4G owners can find more information about the Google’s Wallet service and app from here.
Nexus S 4G owners will get the Google Wallet app via an OTA update, which will also bump the Android version to 2.3.7.
Google has started rolling out a software update for its second Nexus branded phone, the Nexus S. The software update will bump the Android version to 2.3.6, and mainly aims at fixing some bugs with the current software build.
The main purpose of this software update is to fix the horrendous voice search bug, which plagues all Nexus S owners. When a Nexus S owner will be in a low-signal zone, the voice search app will automatically get activated. This software update from Google finally fixes this bug, after months of complaints from the Nexus S owners. Other than fixing the voice search bug, the update also brings some NFC improvements.
However, not all is rosy with the update. Nexus S owners who updated their handset to 2.3.6 are reporting that tethering does not work for them, post the update. So Nexus S owners, who need tethering should stay away from this update.
The update is being rolled out via OTA, and will hit Nexus S owners across the globe in the coming days. Alternatively, Nexus S owners can manually pull the update from Google servers by keying in *#*#checkin#*#*.
Up until now, there is hardly any information available about the next version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The only thing known is that with ICS, the big G will unify all the different versions of Android (Mobiles, tablets, TV) into one. This means that all the nice features of Honeycomb will make it to the next version of Android meant for mobiles.
Now, the folks over at Android Police and RootzWiki have got their hands on some exclusive pictures of a Nexus S running Ice Cream Sandwich. From the screenshots, it looks like Google has dumped the green theme found across the OS, and changed it to blue. One of the Android’s strength, the notification bar, has also been revamped. There is also a new launcher with four-icons, and a new revamped app drawer.
Other features which ICS will incorporate will be a new panorama mode for camera, Google Shopper and a new re-themed version of GMail. The tipster also suggests that ICS will not pack in too many changes, and will mostly be about UI changes.
Google will unveil Android Ice Cream Sandwich to the public with a new Nexus branded handset, sometime at the end of this year. The Nexus S will get the update sometime after that via an OTA update.