This universal toolkit roots the latest Google Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S on Linux. While the guides and toolkits we covered earlier were mostly for Windows, XDA-Developers forum member tatelucas' Universal Nexus Linux Toolkit
fills the platform void with an all-in-one solution for the open source OS. The toolkit is pretty easy to set up, and while it may not have a plethora of features like the Nexus 4 toolkit
, it is pretty much all you need to start modding your Nexus device. Read More
Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean has finally started arriving on Google Nexus S in form of the JRO03E OTA update starting with select regions of the world but if you haven’t received the automated over-the-air update yet but can’t wait to get Jelly Bean on your Nexus S, we’re here to help! In what follows, we will guide you through installing the latest Jelly Bean up and running on your phone in no time. Read on for more details and the complete instructions.
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you would know that Koush
has been working on a touch based ClockworkMod recovery for our Android devices. Touch based recoveries are becoming more and more demanded since a few have already been launched in the Android world. However, to this date, a lot of users remain committed to the ClockworkMod recovery. So after teasing us with what the Touch based rcovery will be like, Koush has now released the recovery for the Galaxy Nexus (CDMA & GSM) and the Nexus S (GSM), but it’s a beta for now and remains largely untested. So if you own one of these devices, you can flash the recovery to your device quite easily.
Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S, has begun rolling out from Google. Just a day back we covered the MIUI ICS based custom ROM
for the device, and now Google steps in with the official update to Android 4.0.3. User are excited beyond doubt, the one’s that just received the OTA, and the one’s in wait, but waiting can be annoying, and we’re sure they’re already out there looking for a manual way to update the Nexus S to the official ICS. Well there is a way, and it’s easy. Looks like Google is holding onto it’s trend to update it’s Google phones before anyone else does, so if you have a Nexus S and have not received the OTA yet, for reasons that could be a rooted device, custom ROM or more, here’s the manual method.
The Nexus S Gets MIUI Ice Cream Sandwich based ROM! If you haven’t been walking on the moon or living in your basement in fear of a nuclear war, you would know MIUI has been working on its own iteration of the ICS OS. Guess what? They just released it for the Nexus S. It’s official, that’s the best part, so if you have a Nexus S and were very depressed when you heard about the Huawei Honor U8860 getting a demo version of the ICS officially (or maybe you didn’t), this more then makes up for that. Want this ROM on your device? Read on!
Earlier we covered a post on the CM9 released for the Nexus S by Koush
. Based on the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the CM9 for the Nexus S was actually an alpha release by Koush – who is actually working on the CM9 project for the Nexus S – and will soon become the official CM9 release for the Nexus S. Now Team Liberty forum member mobile_sensei
has managed to port that very ROM onto to the Nexus S 4G. but of course, there’s also the addition of the scripts and tweaks that are found in Liberty ROM. Credit also goes to jrummy16
, Kwiboo, aosp
A while back, Android developer zdzihu ported the Bravia engine to the Sony Ericsson X10, which brought about some serious change in video and image quality on the phone. It is basically, a post processing engine, developed for the latest Sony Ericsson mobile devices that surely does enhance the quality of no just videos but images as well. While there are other projects going on as well to port this engine to more Android devices, Nexus S has already gotten there, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member eaglerazor123. Read More
The Nexus S gets it’s first taste of CM9
, the ICS based AOSP ROM! ICS ports are all the rage right now, and the team at CyanogenMod went underground to work on their new CM9, thus keeping things a wee bit. Guess what? Koush, the guy who made ClockworkMod recovery and ROM Manager possible, is working on the CM9 project for the Nexus S, and he has released his build to the users for some early testing. The ROM, still in an Alpha stage, is said to be stable enough to be used as a daily driver. Apparently almost everything seems to be working just fine, and if a few bugs do exist, the ROM is in Alpha 11 of its stage, so bear with it if you do want to give it a go.
The first Ice Cream Sandwich based AOSP ROM for the Nexus S has surfaced. ICS based ROMs were limited to being SDK ports till the source code was released. Only about two days into the release, the ROM is still a work in progress and has its share of bugs. However, it is suitable as a daily driver for Android fans who want an early taste of the Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google Nexus S was first in line when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced, and it was indeed confirmed by Samsung and Google both that an update will follow soon. The developer community, however, could not stand the wait, and hence a build from Ice Cream Sandwich SDK now stands ported to the phone. The interesting aspect of this ICS port on Nexus S is that everything, except Bluetooth, NFC and Panorama Mode, work quite well. As always, the awesome developer community at XDA is responsible for bringing this Ice Cream Sandwich awesomeness for your Nexus S. For those who don’t know, Ice Cream Sandwich is the new Android 4.0 OS update that comes jam packed with features. From supporting USB Game Controllers to HDMI out-put and extended widget support, Ice Cream Sandwich has everything covered for Android users.
If you are a Nexus S owner and aren’t satisfied with graphic performance of your phone, then there is some great news for you! Ganaboy, XDA Member, discovered a workaround for Google Nexus S that basically removes FPS limit and lets you enjoy gaming and video graphics to the max. Due to this issue, some games and apps like Quadrant, Raging Thunder, Roboto, Asphalt 6, NOVA and Fruit Ninja graphics were laggy and didn’t really had the same appeal they do on other compatible Android devices. The fix for this issue is tiny, but it highly effects your gameplay and app experience. Read More
Couple of weeks back we reported
regarding Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for Google Samsung Nexus S. Although the update did upgrade the OS version to 2.3.6, but one major flaw was broken Wi-Fi Tethering. Concerned Androiders and Nexus S owners debated this issue for quite some time
. Apparently an all new Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for the Google Nexus S is on the roll again but this time with fixed wireless tethering and a different build code. The build number of this update is GRK39F whereas previously it was GRK39C. As the update is pretty much similar to what rolled out previously, it is apparent that there is no changelog available for this one.
Google Nexus S is primarily a developer phone which makes it lucky enough to get first taste of any Android update that rolls out. According to count less sources, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread is rolling out for Google Nexus S right now. The new update is basically targeted towards fixing the notorious voice search bug which in some instances is becoming a deal breaker all together. However there are multiple claims of different blogs, forums and portals that this Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread update for Google Nexus S basically breaks your phone’s tethering capability altogether! We don’t know what to make out of this, but if these rumors stand to be true, then it’s better not to update to this version unless it is clear if tethering works or is broken. Read More
Getting ones device to the newest Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread is perhaps the hottest topic right now. Although we weren’t able to find 2.3.5 much different from it’s previous versions, but still the latest version has it’s own significance to Androiders across the globe. Previously we have been discussing on how different Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread ROMs made it to certain devices and today it’s about the Samsung Nexus S / Nexus S 4G. Although there are plenty of 2.3.5 boasting ROMs out there for your flashing pleasure, but if you really need to keep it AOSP, minimal and super fast, then Dev-Null AOSP Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread custom ROM might be the natural choice. Read More
Earlier we covered a One Click Root for the Nexus S via Superbot
. While that was convenient that tool was proving to be unsuccessful for some users and there was a need for an updated tool. XDA-Developers forum member Borky_16
has released an easy root tool for all your Nexus S users, which not only roots your device, but allows you to install ClockworkMod recovery on it in one go as well! That is pure awesomeness for an awesome phone.
If you’re an experienced Android user and own a Nexus S, it is very likely that you have tried out the CyanogenMod 7 or CM7.1 RC1 ROM based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A swift, and sleek ROM no? All that aside, if you’re getting bored of the stock look the CM7 ROM has to offer and want to spice up things a bit but still be able to retain the awesomeness of the CM7 ROM, XDA-Developers forum member trismegistos
has the answer for you.
Ever since the release of CyanogenMod 7, it has earned the approval and praise of many Nexus S users. Seeing the success of this ROM, the developers continued making improvements to their AOSP ROM, and have finally come up with a release candidate for version 7.1. The latest version incorporates features like improved swipe-to-clear for notifications, latest Superuser app, speed-up photo recording and numerous other mouth-watering prospects.
Oxygen ROMs are AOSP ROMs, ones that are similar to CyanogenMod ROMs, in nature and in recognition. These ROMs are super fast, minimal and give you the most pure Gingerbread experience. While these ROMs started out for the HTC Desire and Desire HD, it has now found it’s way onto the brilliant Nexus S, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member AdamG.
The ROM is the first of its type for the Nexus S and hence it has been labeled as a test ROM. More on it and how to install it on your Nexus S after the break.
Advanced Android users would know all about overclocking and under or overvolting their Android devices. While overclocking has been made a breeze for even the most novice users, controlling your devices voltage has always been tricky. If you own a Nexus S, XDA-Developers forum member Jonathon Grigg
has released an app named Proton Voltage Control
for the device, allowing you to control your device’s voltage at different frequencies. More on this app after the break. Update:
The app is now available on the Google Play Store as well.
We have confirmation of the Nexus S receiving the latest MIUI 1.5.6 Android 2.3.4 based ROM and boy, do we love it! These ROMs aren't just elegant and pretty but also fast and very stablel for the devices that are officially supported. Lucky for us, the Nexus S tops that list and once again, we have the latest MIUI ROM to play with on its vibrant 4 inch S-AMOLED screen. More on the ROM and how to install it after the jump!