Google stopped the Android updates for some of its Nexus devices; this announced has been made available when Android 4.4 KitKat has been rolled out and among the handsets that aren’t going to receive the official KK touch is the Samsung / Google Nexus S. If you own this device then you shouldn’t panic; you can still enjoy the Android 4.4 OS on your own Nexus S but only by using a custom ROM firmware. Because of that, during the present tutorial I will show you how to install CyanFox on your Google Nexus S and update to latest version of Android, KitKat 4.4.2 software.
This is the dark themed CyanFox version which is based on Android 4.4.2 KK system. The present ROM has been developed by those of xda-developers so we have them to thanks for the same. The devs had optimized the CyanFox firmware especially for your Nexus S, so the software will smoothly run on your smartphone. Also, the update is stable and comes with important and impressive features and capabilities that can be used for powering up the performances of your Samsung Nexus S.
CyanFox is based on another custom ROMs, like CM11 and Omni ROM so this is somehow of a mixed firmware. The software is not bringing the pure Android 4.4.2 OS, so on your Nexus S will run a custom update with custom looks and custom user interface. As mentioned before, the CyanFox features can easily be used for bumping the speeds, updating the web browsing experience, power up the performances and so on. With CyanFox your Nexus S will run faster and smoother than before, so why not to install this new Android 4.4.2 based firmware?
If you have decided to complete this step by step guide, first of all you will have to prepare your smartphone for the update procedure that will follow. For being able to make things right you might want to take care of the pre requisites from below. So take a look on the following list and apply the guidelines explained there, or else you won’t be able to safely update your Samsung / Google Nexus S to Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware.
- Root your phone. This is the first thing to do when trying to update with a custom ROM, just like CyanFox. The firmware will have to access the internal system and use some in built programs and apps; well this access can be granted only by rooting the OS.
- Be careful when doing that as gaining root access isn’t official – the warranty will get void (for restoring the warranty you have to downgrade to stock Android Jelly Bean OS).
- After rooting, on your Nexus S you need to install a custom recovery image – use the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery.
- The custom recovery will be used on the update operation so it is extremely important to complete this task; also do note that a custom recovery can be flashed only on a rooted Android device.
- Up next, just before starting the proper guide, the best will be to backup the data which is saved on your smartphone. Do that because a wipe will be required and when wiping the system, your personal data, info, accounts, call logs, text messages, contacts list, market apps and so on will be erased.
- Use the custom recovery image for making a Nandroid backup (save the current ROM as maybe you will want to restore the same) and save the EFS folder.
- Of course, as usual when dealing with manual update operations, a computer or notebook is being required; your phone and its USB cable will also be used.
- On your computer deactivate the security protection and on your handset enable USB debugging option: go to “menu – settings – developer options”.
- If your phone has less than 50% power left, before going any further charge its battery.
- Install CyanFox by using this guide only if you want to update your Samsung Nexus S to Android 4.4.2 firmware. The steps from below are compatible only with the mentioned device, so try not to mess things up.
How to Install CyanFox on Google Nexus S and Update to Android 4.4.2 Custom ROM Firmware
- On your computer download the update file by going to this page.
- Also, download Google Apps from here.
- Don’t unzip these files; place the same on desktop.
- Then plug in the USB cord and connect your Nexus S with your computer.
- Transfer the files from desktop on your phone.
- Remove the USB cable.
- Turn off your device.
- Reboot in recovery mode.
- Wipe the system: “wipe data factory reset”.
- Also clear cache: “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery by selecting “+++go back+++”.
- Select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android 4.4.2 firmware file and install the same on your Google Nexus S.
- Repeat the process and install Google Apps package.
- From recovery select “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now” and you are done.
- If you have experienced issues while applying the steps from above, try to resolve the same by using our dedicated tutorial.
That was all for now. You have installed the dark themed CyanFox custom ROM firmware on your Samsung Nexus S. Android 4.4.2 is now running on your smartphone and even though it is not the official KK release, the software is stable and should run perfectly on your device. Anyway, use the comments area from below for sharing your experience with us and with other users that might want to try our step by step guide.