Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich Updates Suspended Due To Problems

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Nexus S Update Problems:

Having covered the ongoing issues of the Samsung Nexus S upgrade problems extensively over the last day or so, and unfortunately not been able to help the many, many stricken device owners who came looking for advice, it has now been noted that Google have halted their global roll out of ICS on the Nexus S until they can work out why so many issues have occurred.

Google Pauses Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade
Google Pauses Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade

If you received an update notification a little while ago, but the update isn’t currently available for your phone, this is likely the result of Google pausing the update in your area while we monitor feedback. The Android 4.0 update is continuing to roll out around the world so your phone will receive another update notification when it’s available again in your region.

In a calamitous update offered to Samsung Nexus S owners, Google have had to stop the roll out of Ice Cream Sandwich in order to analyse the feedback that has been received from many, many unhappy customers.

Here are just some of the issues I can point out that visitors have told us about in our comments section:

And, they do not make for pretty reading, as serious functionality has been lost for many owners of the Nexus S who updated to Ice Cream Sandwich unwittingly.


  • Hi. I updated my nexus s and lost my wifi connectivity. I cannot connect wifi, but the wifi tethering works.
  • I have a bigger problem,I got the update but the Wi-Fi didn’t work ,so after two days of research I finally rolled out my sim and did a factory reset, now it works, but if I insert the sim, it won’t work again, now I should choose whether to be able to use sim or Wi-Fi
  • Just upgraded to ICS on my Nexus S after receiving system update notice. Now my phone reboots about every 60 seconds!! Is there ANY way to roll this back to GB??
  • Updated to ICS yesterday and I can no longer make/receive calls and can’t get my phone to pick up any GSM signal (let alone 3G/EDGE). Was working fine before I had it updated manually.
  • The apps that used to work on my phone have stopped working. Specially the ones that need authentication via login


Now these are just some of the many issues that people raised, and I would love to be able to help these guys out.

It appears that mainland Europe was one of the main areas to trial the roll-out, with, what looks like (if names are anything to by) visitors from New Zealand, France, Italy and Lithuania and a few other countries all having problems with the upgrade.

How to downgrade your Nexus S from Ice Cream Sandwich to Gingerbread:

This is a comment from a poster called NerdyNugget on Android Central:

“Factory reseting will not work, when you update a device through OTA (over the air) it rewrites the recovery, the only way to downgrade to your phone is to unlock the bootloader and flash it through ODIN”

Sounds difficult to me, and so I would suggest you go and speak to those friendly types over at the XDA forums, who should be able to point you in the right way.

Now call me an old cynic, but I find it a bit hard to swallow that they use non English speaking countries to basically do a Beta test on, and then expect those poor Samsung owners to sort their issues out on English speaking forums….boos all round from me.

If you see an OTE upgrade option to ICS on your Nexus S, dont choose!

Although it appears that Google do have a fall back function for anyone who goes for the current update, as the install will now revert back to the old Gingerbread so is pointless to do until this issue is fixed which we will inform you about.

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Anthony Munns