How To Upgrade / Update Google Nexus S To Android 3.0 Honeycomb


05.04.2011

How To Upgrade / Update Google Nexus S To Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Until now, Motorola Xoom is the only smartphone on the market that features Android 3.0 Honeycomb as default OS. And since the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb is here, so if you are a Samsung Nexus S owner you might want to upgrade your device to the latest Android Firmware version. This is the moment when we enter the scene and tell you how to perform the installation on your Google Nexus S device.

Some of our readers asked us how to upgrade their Samsung Galaxy S to Android 2.2 Froyo or to Android 3.2.2 Gingerbread and got the help they were searching for. But since not everybody is a Samsung Galaxy S user, the Google Nexus S owners might also want to keep their smartphones up-to-date. So we thought of giving them a tutorial of how to upgrade Samsung Nexus S to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

But before telling you how to install¬†Android 3.0 Honeycomb on Google Nexus S, let’s see what do you need in order to be able to perform the installation. You will have to download Honeycomb Nexus S port and one of the two Android 3.0 Honeycomb released so far. You will also have to root your Google Nexus S to prepare it for¬†Android 3.0 Honeycomb upgrade. Learn how to root Google Nexus S and install¬†Android 3.0 Honeycomb from here.

Here are the download links of the files you need to update Google Nexus S to Android 3.0 Honeycomb:

Before starting to upgrade your Google Nexus S to Android 3.0 Honeycomb remember to backup your data, as contacts, text messages and the apps installed from Android Market Place will be lost once the installation finishes.

Now let’s see how to update Google Nexus S to Android 3.0 Honeycomb:

  1. Install the ROM Manager on your Google Nexus S. Get it from Android Market Place, then install the clockwork mod recovery.

  2. Connect your Google Nexus S to your PC using the USB data cable. Copy the “hc_NS_test-8.1.zip” file you downloaded to the SD memory card

  3. Restart your device in the recovery mode using ROM Manager. Once in Recovery Mode, go to ROM Manager and select backup / restore to back-up your data.

  4. From the Recovery Menu do a complete data erase (including¬†Delvik Cache). Once done, go back to Recovery Main Menu and select Flash ROM from¬†SD Card. Navigate the location you copied the¬†”hc_NS_test-8.1.zip” file and follow the instructions for installing¬†Android 3.0 Honeycomb on your Google Nexus S

Once the installation is over, simply reboot your Google Nexus S device and here you go, you’ve just upgraded it to the new Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It’s not the toughest thing to do in the world, but remember that following this procedure will void the warranty of your device. Enjoy!

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