Sprint’s Nexus S 4G gets Android 4.0.3 ROM Ported from T-Mobile’s Nexus S OTA

Android Central forum member beezy has whipped up an Ice Cream Sandwich treat for you folks on Sprint with a Nexus S 4G. The Android 4.0.3 OTA for T-mobile’s Nexus S has been ported to Sprint’s Nexus 4G. You won’t see any wimax (4G), but 3G data, camera, WiFi, and bluetooth are confirmed working. You’ll need to be rooted and you can flash this ROM via Clockwork. You will also need to head over to the AC forums and be registered to download the file and you can do so from the source link below. Happy flashing, but do so at your own risk.

[via android central forums]


Motorola Xoom Gets Unofficial Taste of Android 4.0.3 [Courtesy of XDA]

Quickly after the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 and the push to AOSP, developers over at XDA have created an almost fully functional ROM for both versions of the Xoom. A few issues for both the WiFi and 3G/4G versions are apparent and they are as follows:

What is working: (That I can tell so far)
– Wi-Fi
– Browser
– All the basics

What is not working:
-3G/4G – baseband issue?
*Need binaries from Moto

There also seems to be an issue with some green coloring on the screen at times, but it appears that we are pretty close to seeing a fully functional Android 4.0.3 ROM for the Xoom.

So if you have a rooted Xoom and want to give this a try, you can hit the break below to download the files and get the instructions on how to do this. Those who want to try this I wish you good luck and let us know how it goes, although if you have 3G/4G I would hold off until those work. A big thanks to razorbladex401, xxspark89xx and XDA for developing these. Note: You need to use fastboot for the 3G/4G files.

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Source Code for Android 4.0.3 Pushing to AOSP

Jean-Baptiste Queru has announced Android 4.0.3 is pushing to the Android Open Source Project, also claiming it’s the best release ever in his eyes. It certainly should be the best release ever since this is the first time we’re seeing AOSP ready to go on multiple platforms. This build is locked and loaded to work on the Galaxy Nexus (mysid and yakju builds), US Motorola XOOM variants, and all Nexus S devices. 4.0.3 is also optimized to work on devices that may not have the horsepower of the Galaxy Nexus.

Out of the box, this is the first time that AOSP works on 3 different
device families, the first time that it works on tablets, the first
time that it works directly on a device that’s neither an ADP nor a
Nexus, and the first time that it works on Verizon devices.

We’ve all known Ice Cream Sandwich would be the Android OS that would bridge the gap between phones and tablets. If done right, this will put Android right where it needs to be from a development standpoint to move forward at a faster pace. Let us know what you think right down there in the comments because this is huge news for Android.

[via Google Groups]



ICS 4.0.2 (ICL53F) Factory Images Released for Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus

More good news for those of you who managed to score the Galaxy Nexus on this Merry Nexus Day. Not even two hours after the Android 4.0.1 images were released for the Verizon Nexus, Google has decided to drop the 4.0.2 factory images on us as well. The build for ICS 4.0.2 is ICL53F and is the current build you’ll have after the phone updates shortly after activation. For those of you who are wanting to flash, mod and tweak your phone it is suggested that you tuck these away just in case. Check back and we should have an update on how to flash these to your phones should you botch a flash.

maguro/yakju download link

toro/mysid download link

[via Google]

Android 4.0 ICS Alpha ROM’s Now Available For Sony Ericsson Xperia Devices

Let the party begin!  Sony Ericsson has joined the small line of those being the first to offer an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for their unlocked Xperia line.  They’ve released an Alpha ROM today that supports bootloader-unlocked devices Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and the Xperia Ray devices.  Dev’s can now get a quick preview of the ICS goodness that’s to come.  The company has already confirmed that they plan to update their entire Xperia lineup over the next several months.  We’ll certainly +1 that.  As far as the ROM goes, keep in mind that certain functionality is going to be rather limited at start due to legality issues.  No Google apps will be included and the ability to make a phone call is excluded at this time as well.  So, no daily driver here, of course.  If you still want to give it a go despite the limitations, check out the source link as well as a video provided by SE of a walk through on how to flash the ICS ROM.  You can check out things like the lock screen, music controls and task switcher.

New developments in Galaxy Nexus Builds – Yakju & Mysid are AOSP supported

Yesterday we posted an article concerning the discovery of alternative builds on GSM Galaxy Nexus Phones. Google’s own build for the Galaxy Nexus is named “yakju,” however some owners who were not receiving updates for their device discovered the problem lay in the fact that their phone sported a different fingerprint, “yakjuwx.” Android software engineer Jean-Baptise Queru, shed some light on the information, declaring that yakjuwx and yet another alternative build yakjusc are from Samsung, not Google. While the experience is largely the same between the versions, only Google’s yakju build is guranteed updates as they happen. Samsung will presumably distribute the updates to their modified build at unknown time intervals. Not having to wait on updates is one of the major draws of the Nexus brand, so it comes as no surprise that many, discovering they had the yakjuwx build, were a bit disappointed. Others, however, turned their gaze to the impending release of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. Would it be receiving updates through Google, Samsung, or shudder Verizon?

It appears that those of us waiting to purchase the Verizon version can all take a big sigh of relief today, as JBQ has chimed in once more on the situation. He writes,

After reviewing the situation, Google concluded that the only Galaxy Nexus that can be supported in AOSP are the ones that are originally sold with a “yakju” or “mysid” system.

yakju is one of the GSM/CDMA+ variants, while mysid is indeed the CDMA/LTE variant for VZW.

There you have it folks. Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets its updates through Google. Rest a little easier, until our next startling discovery…

[via Google Groups]

Nexus or Not? Varying builds have come to light, are your updates from Google?

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a phone which should stand as the epitome of a pure Google Experience device, has been receiving a lot of flak lately for inclusion of bloatware and exclusion of Google Wallet, at least in the Verizon version. That being the case, many have resorted to obtaining a purer version elsewhere, purchasing the GSM counterpart for use on alternative networks. As it turns out the GSM version may have its fair share of problems as well, besides the volume bug. One of the key aspects of a Nexus device is the fact that it is updated before any other devices, and the updates come to you straight from Google immediately thereafter they release them. As expected, Google pushed out update 4.0.1 and people started receiving it without missing a beat, some people that is. A buzz began when select XDA community members realized they had failed to receive the 4.0.1 update. Many of them anything but new to Android took matters into their own hands and decided to flash the update to their devices manually using the Google provided update zip file. They subsequently found that they could not manually install either.

What’s going on here?

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Razr Sandwich Progressing Ever So Slightly (Video)

It’s a work in progress and a pleasure watching it in the making as ICS comes to the Droid Razr.  The folks over at RootzWiki managed to successfully boot Ice Cream Sandwich on the device.  They’ve dedicated this a whole thread to keeping you up to date in what’s working, what’s not working, all features, news,  pics and videos of the port.  And if you can get through a ton of heavy metal music and bad viewing angles, check out the video of the new OS on the Razr and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it.

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[via RootzWiki]

HTC Amaze 4G Update Rolling Out Now, Brings Support for Wi-Fi calling

Remember the HTC Amaze 4G that we did an extensive review on in October? Well, a new update started rolling out for it today (no, not ICS) and it brings a few fixes to the device and also includes the awesome advantage of IMS Wi-Fi calling. The update will bring the device up to Android 2.3.4 and the changelog is as follows:

New Features

  • IMS Wi-Fi Calling
  • Google Music


  • Improvements to Bluetooth connection
  • Clock widget not updating with time zone change
  • Improvement to Twitter and Peep application
  • Improved Wi-Fi  connection

As you will notice, the software improvements aren’t really anything to write home about (although improved Wi-Fi connection is always nice), the real kick in the pants here is IMS Wi-Fi calling. Basically, its a T-Mobile supported bridge between their network and the Internet that allows for incoming/outgoing voice calls. I am not sure yet whether or not T-Mo is going to count those minutes as part of the calling plan, but if not it’s going to be the best deal going for phone calls. If you are the owner of an Amaze 4G, after you get the update you can enable said feature by pressing Settings-> Wireless & Networks, then enable the Wi-Fi Calling option. Pretty bad-ass if you ask me.

The update began to roll-out today and will continue through Jan. 20th. As usual, the roll-out is done in stages and can take some time until it reaches all devices. If you don’t see it just quite yet, be patient. Eventually you will see the welcomed notification in your notification bar. Hit the source link below for further details.

[via T-Mobile Support]

Amazon Kindle Fire Decides It Wants To Taste A Little Ice Cream Sandwich Goodness

So you’ve purchased a brand new Amazon Kindle Fire, but feel Gingerbread 2.3 isn’t sweet enough for you? Well great because you’re in luck! G1011999 has successfully ported that sweet, sweet new treat to the tablet. Oh and what’s more is he wants to tease you by sharing a video of the Kindle Fire not only booting up but the UI appearing to be fully functional. As with any beta and early build of a ROM being ported, the port has its fair share of bugs, but it shouldn’t take too long for ROM to be smoothed out and released for all Kindle Fire owners. Looks like we have an additional reason past the attractive $199 pricing point to go out and splurge on this device. Be sure to check out the video below to see the ICS port in action!

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[via AndroidSpin by Phandroid]