Android 4 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) update issues for Nexus S devices

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 | Gene Teo | Comments Off on Android 4 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) update issues for Nexus S devices

Recently Google started updating Nexus S smartphones to Android 4.0.

There are reports circulating that Google is occasionally pausing the update process while they monitor progress and feedback. If you are affected by a pause, when you go to Settings > About > System Updates you will be told “Your system is up to date”, even if you’re not on Android 4.0.

If you were able to download the update, click the “Reboot and Install” button, and then see “Your system is up to date” (when again, the update to Android 4.0 hasn’t happened), this is apparently a different problem – see the picture below, and that’s pretty much all the information we have at the moment.

Scrrenshot of the Google Mobile Help Forum post on the Nexus S OTA Update to ICS bug

From the Google Mobile Help Forum

Updating millions of phones is hard, and there are a lot of slightly miffed outraged people out there wanting this update. If you haven’t been able to update, just wait until any bugs have been fixed, and the update process resumes. You will get a more reliable patch as a result.

In the interim, prepare for the update by backing up any important files from the USB storage area of your phone. Just connect your phone to your computer via USB cable – it will show the file storage area just like a USB drive.

To get the best upgrade experience many will factory reset their phones just before or just after the upgrade. You can backup your application data, WiFi passwords, and other settings to Google servers so they can be easily restored after a factory reset. On your Android 2.x phone go to Settings > Privacy > Back up my data

Samsung Galaxy Devices to get Android 4 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) in Q1 2012

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 | Gene Teo | Comments Off on Samsung Galaxy Devices to get Android 4 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) in Q1 2012

Picture of the Samsung GALAXY S 2

The Samsung GALAXY S 2

Update 9 Mar 2012 – it begins!

Hot on the heels of Google releasing an upgrade to Android 4 for the Nexus S, Samsung has announced that their Galaxy product line will get their Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) upgrade in the first quarter of 2012.

The products that will get the upgrade are:

  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (sometimes written as “Galaxy S II”)
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • Samsung Galaxy R
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

Of course, it’s the Galaxy S2 owners who will be most excited – and there are many of them! In New Zealand, Samsung has a 28% share of the smartphone market, compared to 13% for Apple. In contrast, Apple has the tablet market all sewn up with 79% market share, vs. 15% for Android.

Sadly it seems that owners of the still-excellent Galaxy S (the predecessor to the Galaxy S2, released in March 2010) will miss out on an upgrade to Android 4/ICS – it’s not mentioned at all in the announcement.