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Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 Officially Released!

Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S has officially been released!

How to install:
Grab the OTA package here http://android.clients.google.com/pa…o/VQ8PQk_V.zip
TMO version – GSM version
Update 4.0.3 from the google servers (128mb download)

  • Rename it to update.zip.
  • This isn’t needed for the Nexus S bootloader, but it makes things easy, if that’s how you prefer them.
  • Copy it over to the internal storage on your Nexus S.
  • Power off, then hold volume up and power to reboot to the bootloader.
  • Using the volume key to navigate, select recovery, then use the power button to confirm
  • When you see the warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and tap volume up. You’ll see a menu.
  • From the menu, select “apply update from /sdcard”, and choose update.zip from the list.
  • Let it do its thing and update your system, radio, and other partitions. When finished, choose “reboot system now”
  • Enjoy!

Seems pretty easy enough. Many people are reporting success and loving it. I suggest making a backup before trying just in case something happens to go wrong.

Install at your own risk.

 

It has been clarified that this update is not working on Rogers, Fido, or Koodo. Wind and Mobilcity seem to be rejoicing though. Thanks to everyone who is coming back to report their results for the rest of the community.

If you want to find out more, you can head over to the XDA page.

Retired from AiC, You can now find me at AndroidColiseum.com

  • James Shaw

    “Failed to verify whole-file signature”

    • Bhavinmistry76

      I get the same error too..

      • Dboivert

        Me too

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Some others are running in to the same issues. Many are reporting that it installs fine. You might be among the unlucky group I’m afraid. You might have to wait for the official OTA push

      • Bhavinmistry76

        Apparently that zip for the the I9020T variant (t-mobile)

        I’ll have to wait for zip for  the I9020A variant (rogers/att)

        • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

          Ahhh… Sadly I dont have my Nexus S anymore so I can’t personally try this. I know some of my personal friends have been bragging about theirs already lol

          • Pourmeaguinness

            My ota 4.04 ics update just downloaded and installed a few minutes ago. Finally… rogers nexus s

    • Endiku

      Same error too…

    • Blade86sam

       have you modified anything in your “build.prop” file or any stock file for that matter? cause i know when i just changed the lcd density line in that build.prop, i couldn’t update my phone, gave me an error (forgot what it was exactly) until i set it back to what it should be

  • James Shaw

    “Failed to verify whole-file signature”

  • http://twitter.com/GargantuanChin Charles Gedeon

    Do you know if this is safe for the Rogers Nexus S?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      It’s for the GSM/UTMS version, so yes. Just have a backup ready in case something happens to go wrong

  • Terry Cameron

    This is great to hear!

  • http://twitter.com/TomSawatzky Tom Sawatzky

    So does this work for Rogers or no?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Looks like no

      Sent from my Android

      • http://twitter.com/TomSawatzky Tom Sawatzky

        Kay, thanks for that. :)

  • Mbishop Photo

    not for rogers

  • http://twitter.com/prepseb Sebastien Dicaire

    does not work on fido either.

  • http://twitter.com/MatthewCloutier MatthewCloutier

    Anyone try it on a mobilicity Nexus S phone ?

    • Anonymous

      Yes..have it now. Works awesome!

    • http://www.michaelsteward.com Michael

      Yep, works fine for me on Mobilicity in Vancouver!

      • http://twitter.com/_M_J_D_ MD

        does is wipe all your contacts, gallery, ect? 

        • http://www.michaelsteward.com Michael

          No, it’s the same as if you got the update over the air so everything is preserved.  It was a seamless upgrade for me, was installed and back up and running within 10 minutes.

          I had it set to sync quite a few accounts (twitter, linkedin, corporate account, google account) and the new contacts app seems to include contacts from all of them so if you’re like me you’ll end up with a lot of duplications; they need to think of a way of linking them all together like in HTCSense

          • David Cohen

            I have uploaded the file to my sd card however when I select recovery I get to choose the folder that my files are in but I only see folders and not a specific file to load, It does not seem that I can actually click on a file, am I doing some thing wrong ?
            I select recovery then the folder that has the copied files inside then that takes me to the sub directory of files which are META-INF, Patch,Recovery and System.

            If I click on any of those folders it takes me to other folders or the end of that directory ?

            Any advice ?

      • David Cohen

        I have uploaded the file to my sd card however when I select recovery I get to choose the folder that my files are in but I only see folders and not a specific file to load, It does not seem that I can actually click on a file, am I doing some thing wrong ?
        I select recovery then the folder that has the copied files inside then that takes me to the sub directory of files which are META-INF, Patch,Recovery and System.

        If I click on any of those folders it takes me to other folders or the end of that directory ?

        Any advice ?

        • KillaBeez

          you cant put the downloaded file inside a folder you have to just throw it alone on your sd

  • Alok Gupta

    Will this work on Wind Network?

  • Untitiled

    DOesn’t work on koodo… keeps saying download failed

  • Alok Gupta

    Ya, I tried this update on WIND Network and its working perfectly fine. SUPER.
    Thanks

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Congrats!

      Sent from my Android

  • Anne Hogan

    Thanks Tom, I got this notice yesterday but I will have to wait as I am on Rogers.  I rooted my LG Eve and had lots of fun with that but I am holding off on this phone until the updates stop.

  • Dehme

    Thanx a lot man !

  • Rayoalex7

    Thank you it works on moblicity tested, enjoy

    • Naveen-225

      will it void your warrenty after doing so. And also, can we update from the system update section in the settings menu?

  • Johnallane

    Worked perfectly on Wind!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Great to hear ^_^ Thanks for coming back to tell us.
      I’m sure the other wind users will be very grateful

  • http://profiles.google.com/stewartrand Stewart Rand

    Wake me up when the version for Telus phones is posted!

  • Halifaxjesse

    Does it work for telus??

  • Marc

    Go to the XDA forums.. they have instructions to get this on 9020a modles. download an 9020t gingerbread firmware
    download the 9020a radio and ICS update. flash the 9020t gingerbread. flash ICS, use clockwork mod to flash the 9020a radio and your good.  .. flash that…  

    • http://twitter.com/prepseb Sebastien Dicaire

      Or just wait for the official OTA

  • Anonymous

    I am on mobilicity and get no update

  • Anonymous

    Tried…get download failed

  • GabrielSanterre

    Anyone try it on a Videotron Nexus S phone ?

    • Blade86sam

       yup i did and its working 100% :), actually smoother and more responsive then the 2.3.6 version i was running

  • http://twitter.com/SocialMediaLyna Lyna Nguyen

    I LOVE YOU! Thanks for the Manual Suggestion!!!

  • David Cohen

    I have uploaded the file to my sd card however when I select recovery I get to choose the folder that my files are in but I only see folders and not a specific file to load, It does not seem that I can actually click on a file, am I doing some thing wrong ?
    I select recovery then the folder that has the copied files inside then that takes me to the sub directory of files which are META-INF, Patch,Recovery and System.

    If I click on any of those folders it takes me to other folders or the end of that directory ?

    Any advice ?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Don’t unzip the file. If you’re not quite sure what you are doing, I’d recommend leaving this alone. Any errors can potentially ruin your device.

    • Blade86sam

       just out of curiosity… do you go to concordia… comp233/249 ring any bells? i may be wrong but that name is so familiar lol..
      anyways if you do (which i’m almost positive you do), then i could maybe check it out for you directly if you haven’t already found a solution :)

      let me know!

      Sam

  • Legendele Olimpului

    Thanks, Google, 4.0.3 looks great! The best Christmas surprise my Nexus S could ever get!!! :)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Cheers!

      Sent from my Android

  • LeftCoastNewfie

    No dice on TELUS with the I9020A either.

  • Climoge

    doesn’t work on Telus

  • LarryLar

    Sweet. Working good. Wind Mobile.
    See how the battery holds up tomorrow.

  • LarryLar

    Full day of use, love it. No problems with connections, battery life is the same as before.

    Wind Moblie

  • KillaBeez

    ya I am with fido and I just tried it 5 minutes ago it didnt work. It showed me that verified failed thing.

  • Karans

    not working on Telus

  • J Lynn Stapleton

    Anyone know if it will work with the Nexus S on the Bell Network yet?

  • Robpar45

    Why is Rogers holding us hostage? What else do they want??? My first born?

  • Arti

    worked for me on mobilicity – looks awesome so far

  • Daniel rojas

    crashed in the first 5 min

  • Comp1077

    does it work for people on bell ??

  • Ethan

    Anyone know if it will work for Telus?

  • Arkwaves

    Works perfectly on mobilicity ,Thanks

  • Guess

    didnt work for my unlocked nexus s :(

  • Nguyen2007

    nexus s rogers no work

  • Altr

    Works on Rogers, tested and approved 

  • Nguyen2007

    rogers sic coming yet

  • sdf

    lies

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      They pulled it back due to issues.
      On Mar 18, 2012 6:39 PM, “Disqus”

  • Aodata

    I’m with telus and it did not work.
    any ideas?
    thank you.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      4.0.4 was just pushed out today, just sit tight. Hopefully you’ll have better luck getting that one.

      Sent from my Android.

  • JMB

    If you have an i9020a stock, non rooted, running GB 2.3.6 (I believe GRK39F), try this, it worked flawlessly for me.

    Perform the.”check in” function through your phone’s dialer, then go to manage apps, locate Google Services Framework and clear data. Immediately power off your device, DO NOT acknowledge the GPS query, ignore it, just power off. When you power up again, you should receive an update notification direct from Google’s server’s on your phone, simply follow the instructions.

    Two things, no face unlock and no noticeable improvement to battery life, other than that – phenomenal! It is like having a brand new phone.

    Enjoy…