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Samsung Nexus S To Get Ice Cream Sandwich Within Weeks

The Samsung Nexus S, which was launched nearly one year ago now, will get the just released Ice Cream Sandwich update which was launched at the same time as its successor the Galaxy Nexus.

Hugo Barra, the guy in charge of products for mobile at Google, said that ICS will come to existing Nexus S smartphones, possibly via an over-the-air update, within weeks. Previously, the Nexus series phones were always the first to receive any new updates, before the rest of the handsets because (a) they've got Google's backing (b) they don't have any proprietary overlays.

Barra added that Google wants Nexus S owners to get the upgrade within the last six weeks of 2011 but it is likely that this will apply only to SIM Free, unlocked models.

The phone is based on the Samsung Galaxy S and comes with a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird SoC, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel front facing camera, NFC capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth but no microSD slot.

We were unpleasantly surprised by the initial selling price of the device which was north of £500 at launch but quickly fell and can now be had for less than half its SRP.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.