Posted March 29, 2012 by Sarabjeet Singh in Android Tips

Update Samsung Nexus S and Nexus to Android 4.0.4 ICS Firmware

Few days back, Samsung Galaxy Nexus had got Nightly Build CyanogenMod9 ROM. Now, update thorough OTA has been started rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. The sources are claiming that Android IMM76D build is official ICS 4.0.4 Firwmare update, which would be rolled out to all Nexus S owners. Developers are also blessed, because they got full access now to official tweaks, which they can provide in their custom ROM releases.

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As you know Nexus was first Android 4.0 ICS Based Smartphone, and now it is getting update, and among first devices to get 4.0.4 upgrade. Though, final ICS 4.0.4 ROM has not been released by Google yet, but this one seems official, if we believe the sources. In the latest update, Time lag in application is reduced, as well as Camera bug of shutter lag, even Camera is reportedly loads faster on latest firmware. 3D apps are being rendered faster than ever, Animation issues fixed, enhanced user interface, faster rendering of 3D apps and much more. Rest of everything is same, but this is just maintenance release, which would fix the range of bugs. Hence, it is recommended to Install this update. So, here through this article we are going you help you Install Android ICS 4.0.4 Official IMM76D Buld on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Disclaimer: TechClap.com and its Authors or Developers should not be held responsible if you will get your device damaged, bricked, or it stops working after you boot up the device. We tested the procedure, and it was successfully worked, so here we’re sharing with you to just for your help. Kindly note, this is not official update, and you will try at your own risk. Remember, this tutorial assumes that you have GSM version of Nexus S, and it is not compatible with any other variant of this phone.


  • First of everything, Visit this link to Download Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 OTA Update ROM in your computer.
  • Backup the SMS, Contacts, Call Logs, and all files, so that you can restore later.
  • Navigate to the processes which are running like  apps, Antivirus, Firewall, and Samsung KIES. Close them one by one, this would ensure that you can Upgrade your phone without any conflict.
  • Battery should be charged at least 70%.
  • Download Latest Drivers, and arrange Data Cable to connect Nexus to computer.

Instructions and Step by Step Procedure to Install Official Android 4.0.4 OTA update on Samsung Nexus S GSM:

Step 1: You can rename the OTA Update package file to easy to remember name (Optional) such as nexusudpate.zip. Then Connect the phone to your computer with the help of USB cable.

Step 2: Now copy nexusupdate.zip file to Internal Storage, means root of your microSD card.

Step 3: Disconnect your Samsung Galaxy Nexus from the computer, then turn off the phone.

Step 4: Booth the phone into boot loader mode, firstly press power on button, and boot into bootloader mode, which can be entered by pressing and hold the Volume up and Volume Down keys simultaneously while pressing the power button.

Step 5: Once you are in bootloader mode, find the ‘recovery’ option and now booth phone into recovery mode with the help of power button.

Step 6: You will see a Warning Signal (Yellow), which you need to skip at the moment. It can be skipped with power button+volume up. Then you will find a menu.

Step 7: Select ‘apply update from /sdcard’, and then browse and select nexusupdate.zip, which was downloaded in starting

Step 8: This will start installing the Update, wait for few moments, like 2-3 mintues to complete the process.

Step 9: Once process gets completed, simply select ‘reboot system now’ to reboot the phone, after that you will be rocking latest firmware on your device.

So here’s you have successfully installed Android 4.0.4 ICS Update in your Samsung Galaxy Nexus Phone. But you have lost the Root if you have rooted the device, or installed custom ROM.

Update for Samsung Galaxy  Nexus

You can update your phone with OTA (Over To Air) update. If you are waiting for the update, don’t waste a moment, simply navigate to Menu>Settings>About Phone and check if updates are available for your yet or not, otherwise you will soon able to see the update, Do keep checking your phone for updates.

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Sarabjeet Singh

Real Android Freak and Gadget Lover, loves to try new ROMs on his own and his friend's phones. He is Assistant Editor of TechClap.com, and writes mostly about Android.