Official ICS 4.0.X Discussion and Links Thread

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  1. heat57

    heat57 Well-Known Member

    The only thing I have come across is that in GB 2.3.6 there was an app named "Tags". After manually updating to ICS 4.0.3 the app is no longer installed (at least that's the reference I get when pressing the icon). Yet "Tags" isa still listed as a system App in All Apps section of System. Anyone knows how this (will) work?

  2. BreatheElectro

    BreatheElectro Well-Known Member

    Just got it now OTA :)

    Looove it man! Its very fast!!

    One thing I noticed that got fixed, the blank screen that would happen when you would hit home key, from inside an app. Would get a blank home screen or menu for a couple seconds.

    Thanks Google!!
  3. elemteacher2be

    elemteacher2be Well-Known Member

    If we did the manual update to ICS, can we revert back to 2.3.6 and then get the OTA update?
  4. Crimson13

    Crimson13 Well-Known Member

    You would end up in the same place, and there is no way to roll back without rooting and roming
  5. mahanddeem

    mahanddeem Member

    I am unrooted and now have 4.0.3 (manual install)

    If I copy the full ROM of 2.3.6 and manually rename it to and put it on the root of sd card , would I be able to "install" it again on my nexus I9020T using recovery ?
  6. PvtJoker

    PvtJoker Member

    I try to repeat my question - is there any way to report the system issue (outgoing calls are not possible anymore - the phone becomes virtually useless, it's no good for me that I can play around with cool UI) to GOOGLE? How do I do that?

    I did not do a recovery copy of the system before upgrading to ICS, and currently I am not sure even if and how I can downgrade to 2.3.6 without rooting the phone and if that would help...
  7. PvtJoker

    PvtJoker Member

    Where is any communication from GOOGLE? Should I experiment myself and try to downgrade the operating system (I am not an experienced user) or should I wait for a bug fix? Is it coming in a day or two or when?

    (Again, I am in a big trouble - my phone became unusable). Pls HELP!
  8. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member

    If you want to try to report it to Google, I would look here: Other Google Products and Android Devices - Google Mobile Help

    See if you can find the issue already posted. If not, make your own thread.

    If you want to try flashing back to 2.3.6, try installing this update from the recovery console (note, I am assuming you have the I9020T or I9023):

    Assuming the file lets you install it, it should work to downgrade you back to 2.3.6. You'll want to do a Wipe Data/Factory Reset in the recovery before trying to install it. And no promises. You do this at your own risk.
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  9. PvtJoker

    PvtJoker Member

    Thank you, Quantumrand!

    I have started a thread on Google Mobile Help to outline my specific issue, some more users with the same problem replied, but no reaction from Google - I am not sure they are even aware of it, let alone they are trying to solve it... I feel like I am "rolling back"to my good old SE P910i (6,5 yrs old, indeed and still kicking), I will at least be able to make/receive the calls and SMS... So much for the Android, used it for 6 months...

    My baseband version seems to be I9020XXKI1, do you think the same GB installation file should be applicable as for the I9020T or I9023?
  10. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member

    Since you installed the ICS update manually using the link in the OP, it'll say I9020XXKI1 (possibly I9023XXKI1, but I don't have an I9023, so I can't say for certain) no matter what, since that's the radio the update flashed to your device. The fact that the update let you install it at all suggests that you do indeed have either the I9020T or I9023.

    The only way you could flash the current 2.3.6 to 4.0.3 update on an I9020A would be if you had a rooted phone with custom recovery image, which I'm assuming you don't.

    That stock 2.3.6 update I linked you in my last post should almost definitely be for your device. What I don't know is whether or not it will actually let you install it coming from 4.0.3 with the stock recovery image. If it does let you install it, there's very little chance it will break your phone. If it doesn't let you install it, it'll give you an error before making any changes and stop the installation automatically.

    If you do attempt to roll back using that file, let me know how it goes. It will be useful information.
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  11. PvtJoker

    PvtJoker Member

    Thanks again!

    I am not so good at knowing that, but I think my unit should be some I9020. It was originally bought in the UK, just several weeks after they started selling Nexus S so it must be an early version of it. The update came OTA, I did not install it manually, that's why I wrongly assumed it must be pretty safe to do it, did not expect so big issues...

    Final question - I have not done it before - so what is an advised procedure step by step before I actually try to flash the GB update if I want not to lose the apps and especially the data (e.g. notes, pictures etc in some apps)? Thanks!
  12. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, you'll probably have to do a wipe/factory reset to get the downgrade to work properly, though you can try it without wiping first.

    It's very possible that a factory reset might fix the problems you've been having without the need to downgrade. You'll lose your current settings and installed apps (though a lot of those get backed up through Google), but the files on your internal storage (the "SD card") are left alone.

    The best way to do the Wipe/Reset is through the recovery console. To access the recovery mode:

    1. Turn off your phone.
    2. Hold Volume Up while turning on your phone.
    3. Use the volume buttons to highlight "Recovery" and select it with the power button.
    4. Hold the Power button and press Volume Up.
    5. Use the volume buttons to highlight "Data Wipe/Factory Reset" and select it with the power button (I suggest doing the "Wipe cache partition" option too.
    6. Select Reboot.

    If you want to try manually flashing back to 2.3.6, put that file I linked you a few post back in the phone's internal storage and follow steps 1 through 4 to get into recovery mode. Select "apply update from /sdcard" and find the update file and select it.

    If it gives you an error, it means the only way to downgrade is to root your phone first (sorry). If it does install, select reboot and your phone will reboot into 2.3.6.

    If you didn't wipe your phone first, there's a chance it'll go into a boot loop (aka get stuck and never get passed the Nexus logo). If that happens, you'll have to pull your battery and go into the recovery mode, do the wipe, and re-install the 2.3.6 ROM I linked above.
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  13. Crimson13

    Crimson13 Well-Known Member

    Nope, only goes one way
  14. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member

    Are you 100% certain of that?

    The incremental updates do verify that you're coming from the proper version of Android before installing, but the full ROMs don't seem to care as long as the device ID matches.

    I think it's at least worth trying since if it doesn't allow downgrading with a full ROM, it'll just give you an error and cancel the installation.
  15. elemteacher2be

    elemteacher2be Well-Known Member

    Even with the issues I'm having, I'm still loving 4.0.

    (issues: won't charge in my car; facial recognition doesn't work)
  16. bogdan98

    bogdan98 Member

    I have i9023, and received the update from 2.3.6 to 4.0.3. Now i would like to downgrade to initial firmware (2.3.6). Does anyone know how to do that? On my nexus s looks ugly, fade and darky blue collors, lag in phone mode response, lag in virtual keyboard typing and many other unconvenients. 2.3.6 worked flowless, without mistakes, thats why i would like to downgrade. If anyone knows that, pls pls pls post it.
  17. mahanddeem

    mahanddeem Member

    Is there a risk of loosing the "IMEI" if I downgrade ???? I heard about that and I don't wanna that happen to me !!
  18. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member

    Considering that you'll be using official update files and the stock recovery mode, the risk of anything going wrong should be very low. Losing the IMEI number is definitely on the very low end of things going wrong.

    Best Case Scenario: The 2.3.6 "update" installs successfully and you don't even have to wipe your data.

    Most Likely Scenario: The 2.3.6 "update" installs successfully but you get a boot loop and will have to wipe your data and install it again. Then everything will be working.

    Other Most Likely Scenario: The 2.3.6 "update" will refuse to install. You'll be stuck on 4.0.3. You could still try wiping your data to see if it helps your issues though (there's a good chance it will).

    Worst Case Scenario: Something unusual goes wrong during the install process and bricks the phone. Simply installing the update won't brick your phone. It takes something actually going wrong, like the battery randomly falling out (or running out of juice, so make sure you have a good charge left).
  19. elemteacher2be

    elemteacher2be Well-Known Member

    I'm wondering if the facial recognition thing is working for those who got the OTA update?
  20. mahanddeem

    mahanddeem Member

    Thanks ... I will keep you updated
  21. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member

    Do you mean the camera effects like Big Eyes and Narrow Mouth? Those work for me, at least with the FFC.
  22. mahanddeem

    mahanddeem Member

    No I think he means the face unlock feature that was supposed to be in ICS

    And another thing :
    One of the things I hated in ICS is the boot screen when I power on the Nexus S , can I change the contents of the folder from the stock 2.3.6 and copy them through Windows to the Stock rom of ICS and them install it ? same question is to stock Camera app , can replace the .apk from 2.3.6 folder in windows to 4.0.3 and install it ?
  23. bogdan98

    bogdan98 Member

    No one can help?
  24. elemteacher2be

    elemteacher2be Well-Known Member

    No - I meant the unlocking of the phone - that option is not available for me.
  25. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member

    The only way to downgrade for certain is to root your phone, but we're looking into a way to do it through more official means and avoid rooting.

    What you're describing is essentially the basics of creating a custom ROM. In order for the stock recovery to install an update, it has to be signed by the manufacturer (or Google in this case). Changing the contents of the update zip breaks the signature.

    One thing you might be able to do without root is install the old 2.3 camera app. You'll need the CameraGoogle.apk from a GB ROM (link: View attachment CameraGoogle.apk ) and put it in your sd storage. Then in the developer settings on your phone, make sure "Allow Unknown Sources" is checked. Use a file explorer to find and install the CameraGoogle.apk. If it works, it'll overwrite the ICS camera with this one. No promises that it won't have weird issues, though.

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