We tested the update of the Google Nexus S to Ice Cream Sandwich

After every week since the Google Nexus S started to be up to date in the US, Ice Cream Sandwich additionally arrives in Spain. We have spent the weekend testing it and the observe is shut to A. The wait has been value the wait.

The update through OTA (straight on the machine) for the Google cellular made by Samsung has been a leap virtually into the void. The terminals, which arrived in Spain final 12 months, have gone from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the newest model of Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0.4, skipping a number of updates in between.

Even so the change is spectacular. It offers the feeling that you’ve got purchased a brand new cellular. And that reminds us once more of the anger of many who nonetheless don’t perceive why Google, producers and operators take so lengthy to update our terminals. The Nexus S arrived in Spain in March 2011 and Android 4.Zero was introduced the following May. They have had virtually a 12 months to put on it.

Moving on to the update evaluation. The very first thing that stands out about the implementation of Ice Cream Sandwich in a Nexus S (it’s the identical update that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are receiving) is its class. It’s as if Android has gotten older and now cares extra about its look.

After downloading, Android 4.0.Four occupies 128.6 MB, set up and restart, the traces, now finer, of the preliminary data that seem on the display screen corresponding to the clock or the unlock sample are placing. After restarting it, all my functions and my settings had been nonetheless intact. The solely placing factor about the major display screen is that 4 default functions seem at the backside, these for calls, contacts, messages and browser. But, in contrast to iPhones, right here they are often eliminated with only one click on.

But the large information right here is google search. In addition to the well-known voice search, now permits you to search each on the web and in your cellular, from contacts to functions. What’s extra, the transition between totally different screens or from horizontal to vertical view it’s executed in a really easy however surprisingly quick manner.

To higher uncover the information there’s nothing like going straight to Settings. In the Wireless and Networks part, there’s a very beneficial “data usage” that reveals an X-ray of our information consumption and choices to restrict it. It can even warn you while you hit a cap.

In the Device part there are various modifications, however the most fascinating is the one which has to do with the battery consumption, which reveals the expense that every utility is making at that second. Thanks to this, I’ve found that an app that I barely used was consuming greater than 20% of the load and that it was operating in the background. I’ve eradicated it for wastefulness. The battery was one of the greatest issues of the Nexus S. In truth the first update to Ice Cream Sandwich in December had to be withdrawn as a result of it lowered the autonomy to about 5 hours. Now, with out being the cellular that lasts the longest, at the least has regained 30% autonomy.

Another of the strengths right here is that of the functions. With one click on you possibly can switch an app from the inner reminiscence to the exterior card or convey it again.

In the Personal class there are additionally many modifications. I’m left with the introduction of voice typing and backup. In System, Android 4.0.Four has made the Nexus S a really handicap accessible cellular. You have the possibility of saying the passwords as a substitute of having to sort them, voice instructions to run functions …

As for the operation itself, some functions, particularly these of Google, are already taking benefit of the novelties of Ice Cream Sandwich. The expertise of utilizing Gmail on cellular, for instance, is already nearly as good as on the desktop model, the loading of pages is quicker and the execution of the functions as effectively.

But every thing couldn’t be constructive. I’ve acquired updates from apps that I had already put in and a few, as in the case of Instagram, up to 3 times. Other hassle that I’ve detected is that, when going to a brand new display screen, generally app names seem garbled and I solely acknowledge them by the icon. But it appears to me that they’re two issues that stop Ice Cream Sandwich from reaching 10 perfection however not getting an excellent grade.