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Google Rolls Out Official Android 4.0 ICS Update 92

Posted by timothy
from the it's-melting-everywhere dept.
dell623 writes "Google is rolling out an OTA upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus S. GSM versions can already be updated manually. An early review is largely positive and comments on the significant visual and performance improvements. The Nexus S upgrade allows for a direct comparison against Gingerbread on the same hardware, and the likely improvement in current phones that will receive the upgrade."
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Google Rolls Out Official Android 4.0 ICS Update

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    And thanks to rogers, I just recieved my 2.3.4 update for my xperia arc today!
    Now only about 6 months till they start possibly thinking about giving me the update!

  • running it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mojo-raisin (223411) on Saturday December 17, 2011 @03:27AM (#38407138)

    I installed it on my Nexus S several hours ago. I prefer the pure Google experience and don't like to mess with other ROMS, and it was quite an easy install.

    ICS is much better than GB. Smoother scrolling, more polished and true multitasking. Music stays running even when paused, and Navigation stays in the background much better... still exploring, but this is everything I wanted from my Nexus S.

    • by narialmy (2431730)
      is there any changing in Android Ice Cream Sandwich with Gingerbread ?
    • One thing I kinda wondered about - how do they deal with buttons on old Android phones? On Galaxy Nexus, they show [wikimedia.org] buttons for Back, Home, and task switcher at the bottom of the screens, but those aren't dedicated - they're actually painted on the main screen. On Nexus S, do they just use its hardware buttons, and don't paint anything? If so, does this mean that you don't get a dedicated button to switch tasks?

      • Re:running it (Score:4, Informative)

        by jayminer (692836) on Saturday December 17, 2011 @06:34AM (#38407600) Homepage
        Yesterday I got the update to my Nexus S and there are no painted buttons (which would have been unnecessary).

        You're right, no dedicated switch process button. Long-press on home button works as usual to switch between processes.
        • By "as usual", do you mean that it shows the old Android 2.x task switch UI (a dialog box with app icons)? Or the new ICS UI (app thumbnails scrollable up & down)?

          • Re:running it (Score:4, Informative)

            by jayminer (692836) on Saturday December 17, 2011 @06:55AM (#38407662) Homepage
            The latter. It is the new Aero-like ICS UI switcher and is very smooth. I think it may be utilizing some kind of hardware acceleration which used to be missing in GB. The web browser is ultra-fast, like Opera and Galaxy S II's optimized browser.

            By the way, if I'm not mistaken, face unlock is missing. Couldn't find it anywhere in the settings.
    • by BertDH (2533980)
      I just tried to install this. Download was ok, but the installation killed my phone. My phone is dead now, and i have no idea how to solve this.
    • by Galestar (1473827)
      I just installed it 30 mins ago.
      Not really a fan of all the blue instead of green. Anyone know a way to change that?
    • Did this or any previous update ever fix the Sprint reception problems that everyone talked about when the phone came out?

  • Slow as hell!! (Score:3, Informative)

    by legrimpeur (594896) <legrimpeur@gmail.TIGERcom minus cat> on Saturday December 17, 2011 @09:49AM (#38408124)

    Installed since 30 min. Playing around, it's unbelievably unresponsive and slow...

    but finally in 2011 I can move emails across folders...

    cheers

    • Re:Slow as hell!! (Score:4, Interesting)

      by rtaylor (70602) on Saturday December 17, 2011 @11:06AM (#38408440) Homepage

      The gmail application was very slow for me too until I purged all its data and resync'd from the server, now it's pretty reasonable.

      Perhaps there was a storage format change and a poorly written compatibility shim in place.

    • by Galestar (1473827)
      It was slow for me too immediately following the update. Its seems to have vastly improved since then, and is slightly faster than 2.3.6. Maybe it was running some background tasks related to the update.
    • by sremick (91371)

      but finally in 2011 I can move emails across folders...

      cheers

      I've been doing this for ages on Android using K-9. Android is about choice... make use of it. ;)

      • but finally in 2011 I can move emails across folders...

        cheers

        I've been doing this for ages on Android using K-9. Android is about choice... make use of it. ;)

        you like to hack, to spend time looking for an alternative email client that fits your needs and so on. I like to have something that is full-featured and works out of the box because I like to spend my time differently.

        I don't think that something you pay that lacks features out of the box is about choice, it's just about lack of features

        • by sremick (91371)

          you like to hack, to spend time looking for an alternative email client that fits your needs and so on. I like to have something that is full-featured and works out of the box because I like to spend my time differently.

          I don't think that something you pay that lacks features out of the box is about choice, it's just about lack of features

          Well, by your definition, every 12yo kid who installed AIM on his desktop computer is a "hacker". ;)

          Look, I'm not saying that the stock client shouldn't be able to move messages between folders. I just don't get why if you have such an aversion to installing apps that you'd get a smartphone. My old dumbphone had 100 things that it didn't do right, or didn't do at all, and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it. Part of the reason we all love our smartphones is because they give us the ability to ins

  • And she had no idea what it meant. I bought us same phones last year and I'm still on 2.6. Gutted. Come on Google send me some love.
  • I don't care about openness, business models, or market share. What I do demand (and so do the users I support) is reliability and stability.

    It's a phone - it needs to be reliable.

    The users I support seem to have the same complaints about iOS - lots of stuff breaks every time Apple does a major upgrade.

    Apple's forums are loaded with complaints of Bluetooth problems, call quality problems, battery life issues, and synchronization and content problems. It's been this way since iOS 3, and iOS 4, and iOS 5.

    Ev

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