Thursday, December 22, 2011

Google halts Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich update over battery issues

If you're wondering why your Samsung Nexus S hasn't received Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) yet, while your neighbor's has, there's a reason for that, and it's not just bad luck. Google is holding back further updates to devices as it monitors feedback based on reported battery drain issues.

Notably, the battery drain problem is reported to affect Samsung Galaxy Nexus devices, too, not just the older Nexus S smartphones. It could be for that reason that the Galaxy Nexus has not yet received the 4.0.3 update that Google promised earlier.

Notably, we've noticed rather substandard battery life with both the GSM and LTE versions we've been testing. The battery drain seems far worse on LTE, however.

Just a reminder that the ICS upgrade wasn't going to come to Nexus S 4G devices YET anyway, so perhaps Sprint users can feel a little happier now. Google said the update for those devices would come later, but didn't detail an exact time.

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