The Jelly Bean ROM for Nexus S has been made available by a developer over at XDA Forums. The AOSP ROM was posted by a user named legolas93. The device has to be rooted, and the user needs to be well versed with flashing custom ROMs to be able to go on with the process. It must be noted that the ROM used here is the most recent release i.e. Android 4.1.1, which should make way officially to Nexus S smartphones in the coming days.
The Galaxy Nexus has already received the Jelly Bean update, while the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM are in tow. The change log for the new release hardly gives out any details by merely mentioning that the tethering feature and camera have been fixed. The new ROM comes with the fix that Google rolled out to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 recently to avoid potential lawsuits.
The new ROM seems to be working fine with no issues, though I haven’t tested it out myself. This ROM isn’t the same as Google’s OTA version, so you might be better off waiting for the official release. So this basically is for the users who are curious to try out the new Jelly Bean update. One of the perks of owning a Nexus device is the fact that these devices get the updates first followed by the rest of the Android bandwagon. There are no details as to when Google will make the Jelly Bean update available for Nexus S and XOOM users, but it should be coming anytime soon now.
It is commendable how these developers manage to work on ROMs for the community and for free. While there is always a risk of damaging your device, the process is pretty breezy. Scrolling through the comments didn’t reveal any problems with the flashing, so it seems like everything is fine here. Some users are reportedly getting an installation error, which is reportedly due to not following the instructions carefully. So make sure you read everything properly before going forward.
Note: Head over only if you know what you’re doing as it can be pretty tricky for rookies.
Download the ROM from the XDA link provided below.