Google Nexus S Gets First Dose Of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (CM10)

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While the Google Nexus One was left behind at Gingerbread, the Nexus S managed to go further. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and as such there will be no official Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung-built Google Nexus S.

Google Nexus 10 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean surprise with CM10 nightly

Of course, just like the Nexus One there is still hope for the Nexus S via custom ROMs. The CyanogenMOD team has released the first official nightly version of CM10.1 based on Android 4.2 source code for the Nexus S.

We gave the Android 4.2 custom ROM on the Samsung Nexus S a spin and just like the same on the Galaxy Nexus and LG Nexus 4, it works like a charm. But being an unofficial port it was bound to have some drawbacks – in this case it was the non-functioning accelerometer.

So if you own a Samsung Nexus S and don’t mind rooting and flashing it, you can enjoy Android 4.2 Jelly Bean courtesy of CM10. As for the accelerometer, other than YouTube I personally prefer if my Nexus S remains in portrait mode at all times.


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