Google has already confessed that the Nexus S would get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, but if you’re not the type to wait — and really, who is these days? — you can load up a mostly complete version of Android 4.0 right now.
Yep, thanks to some intrepid folks on the xda-developer forums, you too can enjoy Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus S before its official release. Before you dive into the deep end though, be aware that your device has to be rooted to even take part.
Like the ICS-powered Nexus One before it, this Nexus S is running a SDK port so don’t expect a fully fleshed-out experience. It isn’t exactly what you’d call a feature-complete build, but nearly all of the eye candy has made the transition without too many hiccups. Sure, your data connection may be a bit finicky, and you won’t be able to unlock your Nexus S with your face, but it’s a small price to pay to be the envy of all your Android-loving friends for a while.
A fair number of users are reporting that the ersatz update is pretty stable, but play it safe all the same if you intend to take the plunge. After all, the last thing you need is to brick your phone right before it gets this update the official way.