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    Lightbulb OT: Problems when upgrading to ICS (Android 4+)

    I was delighted when I got the ICS upgrade notice on my Nexus S,
    and the new features are indeed nice, but I soon found it to be much
    more sluggish than Gingerbread, often with serious lags.

    I did everything I could think of to boost performance, like switching
    from active to static wallpaper, but it didn't really help, and I finally
    got so fed up I thought seriously about reverting to Gingerbread.

    When researching how to do that I discovered that quite a few other
    Nexus S users were having the same issues and were likewise thinking
    of reverting to Gingerbread, but I also discovered a user who reported
    a big benefit from a hard reset of the phone after the upgrade.

    So I tried that, and even though it was a fair amount of hassle to get
    my handset set up again, it's really been worth it -- performance with
    ICS is improved to the point that I now rate it good. So my strong
    recommendation is to hard reset any handset after update to ICS.


    That said, ICS is so bloated as compared to Gingerbread that I'd say a
    device needs 1GB RAM (not flash) for truly smooth operation.
    Hope that helps,
    John
    [Nexus 5 running Lollipop 5.1 on T-Mobile USA]

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    I had a somewhat similar experience but related to battery life - after the upgrade the battery started going down about twice as fast (same apps - nothing changed except for the stock ICS upgrade most battery was used by Android itself). Hard reset (and re install of all apps again) resolved the battery issue - it is now comparable to what it used to be.

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    Android 4.0.4 (ICS update)

    ICS 4.0.4, which reportedly addresses many issues, is starting to roll out:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/10462941...ts/NgGwavbmkQ7
    Last edited by JNavas; 03-28-2012 at 10:57 PM.

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    Thanks John,

    I tried to manually apply on 2 of them and it failed on both (Xoom WiFi and Nexus S GSM). Unfortunately I will have to wait for the OTA to make it may way...

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    Ics 4.0.4

    Quote Originally Posted by JNavas View Post
    ICS 4.0.4, which reportedly addresses many issues, is starting to roll out:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/10462941...ts/NgGwavbmkQ7
    I've now received my OTA update from ICS 4.0.3 to 4.0.4, and confirm that it is a substantial improvement for the Nexus S. Response is now a good deal faster and smoother, especially Browser, whereas 4.0.3 was so poor that I was seriously thinking of going back to Gingerbread.

    If you don't want to wait for OTA of the "soju" Nexus S, you can flash the official factory image, now available for download here. Galaxy Nexus "maguro" (GSM/HSPA+) is also available. Other Nexus images may also become available there.
    Last edited by JNavas; 04-02-2012 at 01:58 PM.
    Hope that helps,
    John
    [Nexus 5 running Lollipop 5.1 on T-Mobile USA]

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