Getting an Ice Cream Sandwich update for your phone may not exactly feel like winning the lottery, but it can sure remove that ICS envy that you’ve been harboring towards luckier Android smartphone users. Meanwhile, those that have been proudly sticking with the Samsung Nexus S 4G phone (the CDMA variant of yesteryear’s flagship device from Google) can now reap the rewards, with news coming out that the Android 4.0.4 IMM763 update for their phones has been leaked on the web.
The good news was shared by the folks at Briefmobile, who got their hands on the ICS ROM file for the Nexus S 4G ahead of the official OTA rolling out date. There’s every reason to believe that the leaked file is the official Android 4.0.4 IMM76D that is expected to be pushed to your Samsung Nexus S 4G device. Up to this point, Sprint is still mum about when will it release the update, so the adventurous type may want to take advantage of the leaked ICS ROM.
If you think you can handle using Odin and can follow instructions, a detailed walkthrough has been created by the same folks that broke the news. It really doesn’t get any easier than this. However, you should proceed at your own risk and consider doing a backup of your old data, since the update will wipe your data clean.
Android 4.04 ICS first came to the GSM variant of Galaxy Nexus S, Motorola Xoom WiFi, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus just a couple of days ago. Google has added a plethora of new features and tweaks to this particular ICS build, including better camera performance and improved stability, as well as a smoother UI interaction. All in all, Google said that Android 4.04 is comprised of over 100 changes, although it didn’t release a detailed listing of these modifications.
The Samsung Nexus S 4G, launched several months after the 3G variant came out in December 2010, comes with built-in 4G capability that allow users to benefit from Sprint’s WiMax network.