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Install stock Amazon Kindle HD ROM on Google Nexus S

If you want something new and unique for your Samsung Nexus S then maybe you will want to test a new custom ROM, which will install the Kindle HD default Android OS on your smartphone. Yes, that’s possible I’m not messing with you as those of xda-developers had managed to develop a suitable firmware that can be updated on your Nexus S. So, by completing this step by step guide you will be able to flash the customized Kindle HD Android ICS 4.0 software on your own Nexus S, but before heading to the proper steps I strongly recommend you to check the following info.

First, this is not an official update released by Samsung for your Nexus S. Furthermore, the platform will bring a customized Android system because the Kindle HD isn’t featuring the default Android software. Also, this ROM will only install the Kindle HD looks, themes and some apps, so don’t expect to receive powerful features or capabilities. And finally, the present version of the update is still in beta stage so there are numerous bugs in the system. You shouldn’t flash the same if you want a stable OS for daily use.

According to our source (use the link from here for learning more about this OS improvement), many of the present bugs and issues will be (some of them has been already resolved) fixed as soon as a new variant of the update will be provided for your Samsung Nexus S. During the following list I have mentioned the reported bugs along with the issues that were fixed since this version of the firmware was offered for the first time.

  • Camera (there is no camera app and camera from CM does not work) – now the camera works fine but there are new issues with the camcorder.
  • Bluetooth (not present in settings) – has been fixed.
  • SDCard – is now working properly.
  • Sound – the problems were resolved.
  • Some option in settings.
  • Call – you can send only SMS and MMS.
  • Others things.

As you can see the xda-devs are working hardly to release a stable version of the Amazon Kindle HD custom ROM for your Samsung Nexus S device. Anyway, the rest of the features (like Amazon apps, boot, touchscreen, WiFi, sensors and more) are working perfectly therefore you can give it a try. But, I recommend you to fist backup the current ROM as if you can’t use this update, then you will be able to safely restore and use the present software that is running on your Nexus S. Then, take a look and also apply the pre requisites listed below.

  • After backing up the current ROM you should also save the contacts, text messages, EFS and everything else you need to because later you will have to make a full wipe on the phone’s system. So, use our backup and restore guides (check out our how to section) and apply a full backup for the Nexus S data.
  • Now, the handset must be rooted, or else the Amazon Kindle HD based custom ROM can’t be flashed on the Nexus S.
  • Be aware as by rooting you will void the warranty. If you will need it back, all you will have to do will be to downgrade to the stock software, or update with an official Android OS provided by Samsung.
  • Next, a custom recovery image must be installed on your smartphone; I recommend you to get CWM recovery. Take note that this tool can be flashed only on a rooted device, so first complete the above step.
  • Enable the USB debugging option on your handset.
  • You will have to use a computer, your Nexus S and its USB cord. On the computer you will first download the update and then you will have to copy the same on the device.
  • On both PC and smartphone deactivate the security settings and programs because these tools might interrupt the update process.
  • Also, if on your phone there is less than 60% power left, go and charge the battery first; else the Nexus S might get turned off in the middle of the installation procedure and you will risk in bricking your handset.
  • Apply the next steps only if you own the Samsung Nexus S, as the Kindle Fire HD based custom ROM has been developed and tested only for the mentioned Android powered device.

How to update the Samsung Nexus S with Kindle HD’s Stock ROM

  1. As mentioned, download the update file on your computer.
  2. Use the link from here.
  3. Then, connect the S with the computer by using its USB cable.
  4. Copy paste or just drag and drop the downloaded file from the PC to your phone.
  5. Disconnect the USB cord; we are done with the computer.
  6. Turn off the handset.
  7. Reboot in recovery mode.
  8. From recovery first select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” (you should backup the data before applying this step).
  9. Select “+++go back+++” and return to the main menu.
  10. From there now select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
  11. Pick the downloaded file and wait while the process is running.
  12. In the end select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now” as you are done.

If you want to restore the stock ROM, just boot again in recovery and use the menu for restoring the default system. Remember that this is just the beta version of the Kindle Fire HD custom ROM for the Samsung Nexus S, so there are numerous bugs in the system (check the lines from above for more aspects about the same). Use our how to section for more updates suitable with your Nexus and do share your impressions with us and with other users by using the comments area from below.

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