Sprint Nexus S 4G

Monday mornings are taxing for even the sharpest of minds, so here’s a friendly reminder: Sprint will begin rolling out its update for the Nexus S 4G today, bringing improvements to data speeds, signal strength, Wi-Fi connectivity, speakerphone audio quality, and TTY support. Keep in mind that the update will be rolling out over the next three weeks, so don’t panic if you haven’t received it just yet. If you have, however, let us know how it’s treating you in the comments below.


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Reminder: Sprint to begin rolling out update to Nexus S 4G today


Not really. I know people who have been holding off buying this phone because of these issues. So I think it is pretty good news that this is happening.

No I meant that they recycled the story....

I'm a NS4G owner so I'm salivating waiting for this update and hopeful that it makes a very good phone even better!

Best Buy has the Nexus S 4g FOR FREEE!!!! right now. Either new customer or adding a line to a family plan. This is online AND in store!

I know it doesnt have all the specs but it is a great phone!

Wow, this is a great deal. I am waiting until my upgrade kicks in on 8/1. I hope it's still on sale then. I wonder if Sprint Retails stores will match this price???

Could you explain to me exactly how to root the nexus s 4g. I tryed to and when I got to the final steps of the rooting it said I was missing a driver. I think its the 'adb' driver maybe.

When you get the update and try it out and it dosen't work are you going to come back here and eat your words? No, No you won't

if you have the Nexus s 4g, than you would already know that because it is a pure Google phone that sprint could not alter the free 3g tether (only 3g tether)...now the question is, will the update affect the free wifi tether?

Tethering is native to the phone...notice that this phone does not prompt for monthly payment like all the other Sprint branded phones do when attempting to tether. This is pure google, so tethering is built in to the kernel..same for TMobile..major perk for folks that don't want to root..and just awesome really.

I just got it. My phone randomly prompted me. Now up to build GRJ90. I don't notice anything different. The free wifi tether is still active.

Since you did it the official way, could you tell us your baseband and kernel versions?


Here's the file:

Step 1 rename the file to update.zip.
Step 2 Copy update.zip to root of SDCARD.
Step 3 Power off phone.
Step 4 Press and hold Power+Vol up buttons(Enters Boot loader).
Step 5 Select Recovery.
Step 6 Wait for the Exclamation Indicater, or Press Vol up and Power, if thats does not work , Press the Power button, or Vol up.
Step 7 Recovery menu options should appear, select apply update from SDCARD.
Step 8 Enjoy..

Slightly clearer instructions:

1. Download the file
2. Rename the file "Update.zip" so that it is easy to find
3. Move it to root of your phone’s internal storage.
4. Shut down and reboot into the bootloader by holding volume up and powering back on.
5. Use the volume buttons to choose “recovery” from the list, and select it with the power button.
***6. When you see the triangle on your screen, hold power and then press volume up and you’ll have a list of options, choose the file to update***

Does the fact that I use ClockworkMod Recovery v3.1.0.1 have something to do with why this won't work for me?

Thanks dude, I broke root to get this but well worth it. Not a big deal since i've only had the phone now for 2 days. thanks again, it worked like a charm.

Been trying this a few different ways and still not working. First I copied the update.zip into my root folder of SD then followed the rest of the instructions and get an error. Then I tried moving it just into SD card and now getting Error in sdcard/update.zip (Status 7)

not sure where I deviated from the instructions that have worked for others.

any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks for the link, updated and looks like there is no signal issues as far as wifi, bluetooth and wimax in concern....wifi tether still free......seems like that update did the works! But with every update there are always gonna be new bugs

the installation process went through without a problem, but now the Market isn't working properly - I receive an error message when trying to download an application ("Download error - please try again"). Is anyone else having this problem?

Not really seeing a difference? I had WIFI Tethering and my market works just fine. I heard this was suppose to help reception issues?

The link posted above worked great for me, but I'm not sure where to find the 4G toggle widget that was supposed to be included. Anyone know where that might be?

This so called update sucks.Nothing changed but the fact that they have taken away our tethering.They could have left this update in there pocket.In fact it seems my internet takes forever now on the phone

I want to get a quick bit of info anyone who updated manually with the link in the posts above and if you have wifi hotspot or not and people who got over the air do you have hot spot or not. Something like this

Manual Update - Hotspot DOES NOT WORK

For everyone who says it still works don't just turn it on actually test it I though it worked until I tried connecting it to my tablet