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Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich: Why Wait For An Official Release ? (Android 4 ICS)

by Catalin Mengheris on March 2, 2012


The release date of the Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update is one of the most talked about subjects out there. Well, not iPad 3 release date talked-about, but close. After we’ve taken a look at the history of the Android 4 ICS update for the Nexus S 4G, this time around we are here to bring a solution to the problem.

Not us per-say but a fine group of developers over from XDA. If you want to update your Nexus S 4G (or even Nexus S) to Android 4 ICS then keep on reading as we have a custom ROM to offer you!

Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4 ICS)

The Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich ROM brought to you today is fully functional. The name of the ROM is CodeName Android and brings all the goodies of Ice Cream Sandwich to your device.

Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich: Why Wait For An Official Release ?

Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich: Why Wait For An Official Release ?

The steps to installing it are easy. You need to have Root access as well as Clockwork Recovery on your device. From Clockwork Recovery wipe the cache and go for data and factory resets. Then flash the latest Codename Android ROM and Google applications. After this, a simple reboot and you are ready to go.

For a view of what the Nexus S 4G Android Ice Cream Sandwich ROM feels like, check out the video below, which will also show off some of the nice functionalities of the device.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQfH1r1pPBI

The XDA Developers Nexus 4G Codename Android thread has all the utilities ready for download. Once you have finished setting up the ROM make sure to boot cleanly and only after you have done that, go for the second part – install the Matr1x kernel.


The Matr1x kernel will really put rockets on your Nexus S 4G. The kernel brings a lot of functionality to the device and also allows you to really squeeze every bit of power out of it. You thought you needed a dual-core processor to post over 2,500 points in Quadrant?

With the Matr1x kernel, the Nexus S 4G managed to reach 3,000 points in Quadrant but if performance isn’t your first concern, you can alternatively under-clock your device with just a few taps. This improves battery life at the cost of performance.

For some of the features the Matr1x kernel brings to the Codename Android ICS experience, check out the video below. To install the kernel just flash it from Clockwork Recovery Mod or a ROM manager.

If you have finished updating your Nexus S 4G (both the ROM and kernel work for the Nexus S and the S 4G) tell us what you think.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKViuPmIoBI

What are your first thoughts about it and how does it feel? Drop us a line and stay tuned! Check out all the links above for the full information on how to set yourself up with some Ice Cream “Sandwichy” goodness.

Check out the official thread of this custom Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.

  • Richie

    If you do this to nexus s 4g will you still have the 4g after? Because some roms only allow 3G after which sucks

    • el_div

      Yes 4G will also work with most ROMs now.

  • Joshua Campbell

    Why am i missing the ability to sync my google account and access the market?

  • Angl

    will it fix the signal problem (wifi,3g and 4g connections)?

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