Android 4.0 update for Nexus S phones paused

Last week, Google announced that owners of the Nexus S smartphones would be the first to get an over-the-air update for its Android operating system that would bring their version of Android up to 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Now TechCrunch reports that update has been halted, thanks in part to reports from Nexus S owners that the Android 4.0 update is causing some problems.

Some owners of the Nexus S have posted on the Google support message boards that after installing the Android 4.0 update, the battery life in their phones has dropped considerably. Others have reported that the phone's wireless features are not working properly.

In response, Google's Community Manager Paul Wilcox posted a message on the same forum thread, stating:

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.

So far, Google has yet to officially reveal why the Android 4.0 update might be causing issues with the Nexus S.

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While otherwise ICS is running fine on my Nexus S, it's definitely consuming more battery than it should.
After almost 8 hours I'm at 46%, with just a bit of browsing and checking mail.
Android OS shows as taking 32% of the battery usage in the battery stats, when it didn't even get to 5% on 2.3.6.

I didn't factory-reset my phone before updating, but reports from other users show that it doesn't fix that (that is, you either have this problem or you don't, but a wipe doesn't fix anything if you do). I'll rather wait for a fix from Google.

It's not a huge issue, but it's annoying anyway.

As much as I am eagerly awaiting this update I am OK with them halting it to make the updating process smooth and unpainful. Heres to hoping it gets released properly sooner rather then later

Huge **** up by Google, this really shakes their whole Nexus model of having the phone directly supported by them.

sam232 said,
Huge **** up by Google, this really shakes their whole Nexus model of having the phone directly supported by them.

Its only temporary the pause and to be honest its not really THAT big of a deal...

sam232 said,
Huge **** up by Google, this really shakes their whole Nexus model of having the phone directly supported by them.

Any worse than iOS 5 battery issues and iOS 4 performance issues? Give me a break. Besides, it's a localised issue, it's rolling out as normal elsewhere.

sam232 said,
Huge **** up by Google, this really shakes their whole Nexus model of having the phone directly supported by them.

yeah...ok..glad our antennas work/screens aren't yellow/batteries don't explode. troll much? This won't even cause a dent in google/androids reputation.

I also updated my Nexus S. It was considerably slow at first and I had to do a full reset/wipe and then start fresh. It is now working fine and without any problems except that a widget flashlight does not work anymore.

rom said,
I also updated my Nexus S. It was considerably slow at first and I had to do a full reset/wipe and then start fresh. It is now working fine and without any problems except that a widget flashlight does not work anymore.

I thought you always had to do that when you update your phone?

KomaWeiss said,

I thought you always had to do that when you update your phone?


No, you do not have to do a clean swipe in-case of ICS (don't know for others).

And yes, the flash light widget does not work

waqastariq said,

And yes, the flash light widget does not work
There were a *lot* of changes to the camera related APIs... and a lot of an understatement. I'm sure it'll make a return with a ICS update.

I got my ICS update 3 days ago, For me battery life has increased considerably (previously charged every day to 100%, at the end of the day it was 25-30%) now I charge at the same time (10pm my time , and the charge is at 50-55%)... to be clear I am talking about the remaining charge... the Wifi works as it should be and the panorama pictures also work great... the screen 'auto' bright feature is making a big difference here I think as on 'auto' the screen gets too dull in light area's and too bright in dark area's (which is good and after a while you get use to is).. and if you turn off the auto brightness, the screen can now go overly bright (a LOT more than it used to on Ginger Bread) I think maybe people who are not opting for auto function of the screen are seeing battery drop issues as the screen is getting too bright?

Unfortunatley no, it's a legit issue. Androidcentral tested 5 phones that were updated... two were identical, unmodified, out of the box galaxy nexus' and one had it, one didn't.

waqastariq said,
I got my ICS update 3 days ago, For me battery life has increased considerably (previously charged every day to 100%, at the end of the day it was 25-30%) now I charge at the same time (10pm my time , and the charge is at 50-55%)... to be clear I am talking about the remaining charge... the Wifi works as it should be and the panorama pictures also work great... the screen 'auto' bright feature is making a big difference here I think as on 'auto' the screen gets too dull in light area's and too bright in dark area's (which is good and after a while you get use to is).. and if you turn off the auto brightness, the screen can now go overly bright (a LOT more than it used to on Ginger Bread) I think maybe people who are not opting for auto function of the screen are seeing battery drop issues as the screen is getting too bright?

its a hit or miss kind off issue