Wednesday, March 28, 2012

GOOD NEWS: Google Nexus S i9023 ICS update 4.0.4 DOWNLOAD

New official update IMM76 (Android 4.0.4) is poised to roll out for the Nexus S. The update file, can be downloaded directly from Google's servers and applied only over stock IML74K (Android 4.0.3):


It has been shown to work on the i9023 variant, and we're currently trying to figure out whether it works on different flavors of the i9020. If you have the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, sorry, this update is definitely not for you - you have access to 4.0.4 already anyway. And, of course, if you have the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, your 4.0.4 update leaked last month here.
Update: Some users are reporting success flashing this on the T-Mobile Nexus S (of course, you still need to be on 4.0.3 for it to work).
While we don't have the official changelog for this update, XDA poster HAKA provided his impressions (along with a flashable zip that gives you root):

My first impression: Noticeably faster!
Going to cover everything in points:
1. The time lag between clicking & opening menu items is now negligible, just like Gingerbread.
2. The camera from lockscreen loads up faster.
3. The rotation animation is faster.
4. Battery bug is fixed!
5. 3D apps load up faster...
6. Overall a faster & better update by Google.
7. I think Ice Cream Sandwich was not finished until December, but now it feels a finished/polished product.
Animations faster
Whole UI is noticeably smoother
Launcher still lags
Kernel is updated, but the version is still old.
Old GB sounds
Update: The ROM is rootable, download this zip and flash in CWM to root.

If you're running stock recovery, these instructions should work (if you're running ClockworkMod or another alternate recovery, just reboot into it and flash the update zip the normal way).
  • Download the OTA Package above 
  • Rename it to
  • Copy it to the root of the internal storage
  • Power off the device, hold Volume Up and Power to reboot into the bootloader
  • Select "recovery," then hit the power button
  • Once the warning triangle appears, hold the power button and hit volume up
  • Select "apply update from /sdcard" and choose the
  • Once the process is finished, simply choose "reboot system now"


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Google Voice for Android, now with Ice Cream Sandwich ICS voicemail integration

Since we launched Google Voice back in 2009, we’ve supported visual voicemail so you could open the Google Voice app, see all your voicemails with text transcripts, and play them on-demand. But sometimes when I get a missed call, I don’t want to jump between my call log and the Google Voice app to see who has called me and what message they left.

So, today, we’re updating our mobile app so you can view and listen to your voicemails on demand directly from the call log on your Android phone. Your voicemails will appear alongside your outgoing, incoming, and missed calls in your phone’s call log and you can just simply touch them to play them. You can slow down the playback of the message which is great for when someone is telling you their callback number, or you even speed playback up, so you can quickly listen to longer messages.

To turn this feature on, download the latest app from Google Play and check “Voicemail display” under settings. This new feature requires Android 4.0+.

Posted by Yong-Hoon Choi, Software Engineer


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ICS 4.0.5 for Nexus S with new kernel 3.3 ??

Word on the street is that Google will start rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G within the coming weeks. This new information comes from one of Engadget’s trusted sources which we assume has provided accurate information in the past.
As Dustin pointed out a few days ago, Google did push out an Android 4.0 update for the T-Mobile (i9020-T) Nexus S in December which was quickly pulled due to a number of bugs. We’re hoping that Google has finally been able to sort things out and will be able to deliver a stable update before the end of March.

Will the Android 4.0 update for the Nexus S and Nexus S 4G restore your trust in the Nexus brand or will you consider an OEM branded phone the next time you make a purchase?
New update 4.0.5 with new linux API source kernel 3.3?  
The latest version of the Linux kernel is now available, and the team responsible for the mainline kernel have merged code from the Android project. This will make it possible to boot Android from a vanilla Linux kernel and should make it easier for developers to write apps for both platforms. 
This could make it easier to run Android apps on some Linux distributions, or make it easier for developers creating custom Android ROMs to work with a Linux kernel.
Google Android has always been based on a version of the Linux kernel, but Google has made a number of changes over the years, and the Linux kernel 3.3 will incorporate some of those changes into the main branch.
A kernel is basically the core of an operating system. The reason Android and Ubuntu can use similar kernels but look so different is because they’re running different shells (user environments) and apps on top of that kernel. But with the release of the latest kernel, the gap could get a little smaller. It could also make life easier for hackers looking to port Ubuntu or other Linux-based operating systems to run on phones and tablets that ship with Android.

Stay tuned

Friday, March 16, 2012

ICS 4.0.x coming to the Nexus S in the next few weeks?!

Own a Nexus S or Nexus S 4G? Wondering when you'll finally get to enjoy a tasty bite of Ice Cream Sandwich? One of our trusted sources has confirmed that Google is not abandoning you, and that an official Android 4.0 update for last year's Nexus is expected to drop in the next few weeks -- for realsthis time. We'll keep you posted as we find out more, but for now there's always the DIY route if you're rocking the AWS model.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

good news! Samsung release ICS 4.0.3 for Galaxy S2 i9100

Samsung has finally announced its plans to upgrade the Galaxy S II line of smartphones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As expected, the announcement was made through the company's official Twitter account. The roll-out of the update will begin in South Korea and Europe before heading to other markets.
The upgrade will be offered to South Korean users beginning on March 13, 2012. It will also be available to users in other countries, including Poland, Hungary, and Sweden, before arriving in other markets like the UK. Galaxy S II owners in the U.S. will have to wait until their respective carriers approve the upgrade before it will be made available to them.
Samsung also says that it plans to upgrade the various other versions of the Galaxy S II to Ice Cream Sandwich, including the Galaxy S II LTE and the Galaxy Note, as well as the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1. The upgrade will include the Face Unlock feature as well as some new image editing tools. Users will likely have to use Samsung's Kies software to perform the upgrade once it is available to them.
Unfortunately, Samsung reiterated its message that the original Galaxy S smartphone line and the Galaxy Tab tablet will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will not be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Google To Suspend Nexus S Android 4.0.5 Update/ i9023 i9020

Google has put its Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out on hold due to apparent battery issues some Nexus S users are having.

New information we have received on the next Android Update your mobile!

The new are the following :
Shift of the Optimus Black to Android 2.3.4 should be available in April.
Shift of the HTC Sensation to Android 4.0 and HTC Sense 5.3 should be available late March.
Shift of the Galaxy SII to Android 4.0 should be available only through the end of March and Kies.
Shift of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S to Android 4.0.5 are in suspend.
Shift of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray to Android 2.3.4 should be available in March.
WARNING! This is a MAJ MAJ preparative to the reception of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0!

Recall Shift available :
Motorola Defy + 2.3.6 via FOTA / MSU
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc in FOTA 2.3.4
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro 2.3.4 in FOTA

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Google market - now Google play

Entertainment is supposed to be fun. But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires. Today we’re eliminating all that hassle withGoogle Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet. Google Play is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available to you, and you never have to worry about losing them or moving them again.

With Google Play you can:
  • Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
  • Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
  • Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
  • Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles
Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. On your Android phone or tablet, we’ll be upgrading the Android Market app to the Google Play Store app over the coming days. Your videos, books and music apps (in countries where they are available) will also be upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music apps. The music, movies, books and apps you’ve purchased will continue to be available to you through Google Play—simply log in with your Google account like always.