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"


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