Nexus S, a smartphone developed by Google in collaboration with Samsung, has been very popular phone and was the first phone boot Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”. The phone is nearly 18 months old now, and it is one of the first devices to run the latest version of Android operating system, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Google has confirmed that Nexus S will be receiving Over The Air (OTA) update for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The official announcement can be found here. Getting Jelly Bean on Nexus S isn’t a big deal as many users have been able to get it running on their devices without much fuss using the official Jelly Bean ROM that is available on Xda-Developers forum. If you cannot wait for the OTA update, head over here to get the official ROM and use your flashing skills to get your phone booting Jelly Bean goodness. Follow the steps below once you have the file on your device:
• Save the file to the root of your “sdcard” folder.
• Rename it to update.zip.
• Power off the phone.
• Hold Volume Up and Power to get to the bootloader.
• Use Volume Down and then press power once you have Recovery Selected.
• Depending on which recovery you have these next steps will vary.
• If using Stock recovery then you may have to press Volume UP and Power to get past the Android with ! screen.
• Choose “install update.zip”.
For people who prefer to be rather spoon fed, few carriers have already started distributing OTA packages. The news has been confirmed by Google itself, and the list of carriers includes T-Mobile, Three, Rogers and Vodafone. Some users on Mobilicity and Wind users are also reported to have received some of the Android 4.1 love. In US, T-Mobile has confirmed the rollout and the file weighs 114MB which can be downloaded using WiFi.
In order to have the update over the air, Nexus S owners must have their devices running on version IMM76D. The version can be checked by going to menu, then tap on setting and then scroll down to tap on About.
Follow the simple steps below in order to check for OTA updates:
1) From the home screen, tap the Menu key.
2) Tap System settings.
3) Scroll to and tap About phone.
4) Tap System updates.
5) Tap Check now.
6) If a system update is available, follow the prompts to download and install the update.
Otherwise tap the Back key if no updates are found.
7) Tap system updates.
8) Tap Update Profile.
9) Tap Update.
10) The handset will check for and install any profile updates.
Tap Finish when complete.
11) Tap Update PRL.
12) Tap Update.
13) Tap Finish when the PRL update is complete.
14) The device is now updated.
Again, you can download it from Google directly, put the update file on your SD card, boot into recovery and flash, but you can’t be on a custom ROM while doing that, so if you are on a custom ROM or custom recovery, you will have to find an updated custom ROM.
Users on Sprint’s Nexus S 4G, taking a look at device’s track records, the wait is going to be pretty long enough for you guys, so better luck with custom ROM flashing. With Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, you will be looking at the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. Jelly Bean improves on the simplicity and beauty of Android 4.0, and introduces a new Google search experience on Android. If you got Jelly Bean goodness on your Nexus S, shout in the comment section so that we can hear your experience.