The Samsung Nexus S is Google’s second Nexus device. It was the first Android device to feature Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which has since been updated officially to 4.1 Jelly Bean. Inside, it has a 1GHz single-core Samsung Hummingbird (retroactively renamed Exynos 3 Single) processor with half a gig of RAM. It’s available with 16GB of storage, and it lacks the option to add a microSD card.
After Android 4.1, Google stopped giving official updates to this device. However you can unofficially update it to the latest Android 4.4.4 update via CM 11 custom ROM. This ROM is still in the development stages but it can be used for day to day purposes. Follow the instructions given below to install it on Google Nexus S.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Note: This ROM might contain some bugs.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus S:
- Create a Nandroid Backup
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Nexus S bootloader must be unlocked
- Nexus S must be rooted
- Custom Recovery like CWM or TWRP installed
- CM 11 zip file
- Gapps zip file
Steps to install CM 11 ROM on Nexus S:
- Create a Nandroid backup from recovery, in case anything goes wrong.
- Download the CM 11 ROM zip file and Gapps zip file and transfer it to the phone.
- Switch off the phone and boot the phone into Recovery mode.
- Next, wipe the cache and the dalvik cache.
- Now go to “Install zip” and then “Select zip”. Choose the CM 11 ROM zip file.
- Now again clear cache and dalvik cache.
- Go to ”Install zip”, then “Select zip”. Choose the Gapps zip file.
- Then perform full data wipe task. To do so, click “Wipe Data/Factory Reset”, then choose “Yes” on next screen to confirm.
- After the process is complete, reboot the phone.