Google has started the dogfooding process of testing the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" update for the Nexus S, according to one of Google employees Adel Saoud. Dogfooding is a practice of having company employees use products before releasing them to the public ("eat your own dog food" in this sense apparently originated in Microsoft back in 1988), thus weeding out bugs while the products are still revolving in a relatively contained environment.

The tweets and Google+ posts are now deleted, but thanks to several screenshots, re-shares, and caches, we can reconstruct these 2 messages that were posted by Adel:

Just got Ice-cream Sandwich update on my Nexus S & it's looking great :)


Yeah an OTA, but it's an early one for Google employees so we test it further so it's even more awesome when you guys get it. So sadly I can't comment on it more at this time...


If all goes well, we'll hopefully see the official ICS over-the-air update in a few weeks (though in Google's case it might as well be a few months, if history is any indication).

Thanks, Yuankai!

Artem Russakovskii
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  • chris

    I am loving it on my fascinate=)

  • jim

    Loving it on my LTE Galaxy Nexus

    Oh wait....


    • chris

      Yeah the fascinate with ics will hold me over until the nexus launches.

      • dward2828

        Loving it on my GSM Nexus :-) It'll be worth the wait, guys, so hang on in there!

        • billy beef

          Loving this ICS update on my Nokia 6230! :)

  • FLomid

    What was the turn-around on Gingerbread being pushed to the N1 after Google employees starting getting the OTA?

  • Leonid

    Ah, it's Google's famous "few weeks". I still remember it fondly from the the Gingerbread update for the N1.

    • Ryuuie

      They didn't say that this time, they said "a couple weeks".

      ...maybe that's different to them.

  • JAlexoid

    Ooooo.... I shoudn't have gotten my GN so soon....

  • Duffin

    I don't know, Flash still doesn't work on ICS. Not sure I really want it until it's there.

  • MrDrumngun

    I wish an employee would sneakily post a mirror somewhere.... That would be sweeet!

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      Yeah, that'd be awesome. I'd flash that in a heartbeat.

  • http://www.manvstech.com manvstech

    Just dropped an ice cream sandwich on my G2, doesn't look good at all.

  • hector

    I'm already tired of waiting :_(

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    I hope this doesn't take weeks. I'm sure it will be though. I just hope it's nothing like the N1 update to Gingerbread that took WAY too long.

  • Homie

    Installed ICS on 11/27/2011 and it's a little buggy but it's like a new phone. All of the upgrades will be worth the wait for new users. The video cam doesn't work yet and data encryption crashes. I'm sure the next update will fix these things. The stock browser is fast and the battery charges faster and lasts longer.

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus S with custom ICS Rom fromXDA.

    • Ravi Shah

      Agreed! I have been using ics since the original sdk ports. I just upgraded to Drew Garen's Beta 2 and it is ridiculously stable and very fast. It's easily comparable to stock gingerbread and it looks beautiful. Video camera is fixed now as well :)

      • anthony

        Please send me the download link.

    • Ryuuie

      You know it's not "Galaxy Nexus S", right? It's just "Nexus S". "Galaxy Nexus" is the new phone, they never renamed the old one.

      • Homie

        My apologies. I guess I had something else on my mind. Duh me!

        Should have read "Samsung Google Nexus S".

  • reuben

    I'm really annoyed that my friend had an ota update to ICS for his Sony Expedia three weeks ago!!!! Having a Google phone I would have expected to be the first to get it!!! Grr

    • http://kevingo.com Yuankai

      I believe that is not based on ICS Android 4.0

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I have to admit, I loled at both ICS and Expedia.

    • JAlexoid

      Well if he has Sony >>>Expedia<<<, then no wonder....

    • Jeff

      Damn where can I get this expedia phone? ;)

  • reuben

    Yeah, I think they released the source code a couple of months back. Just up to manufacturers to develop and release the update as far as I can tell.

    • https://plus.google.com/107660694691490689283 toebee97

      Um, no they didn't. You're talking about Gingerbread. The source code for ICS wasn't available to ANYONE but Google until November 14th, and isn't expected to hit Experia devices till late winter or spring.

  • reuben

    I meant experia but the gingerbread spellcheck got in there!

    • Homie

      I recently said I had a Galaxy Nexus S when I really have a Google Nexus S. We all make mistakes!

  • Luis

    actually I think you meant Xperia :D

  • reuben

    Ah, that's odd. He had an update message with version 4.0 and a few other numbers after it sent to his phone. Funny thing is that he needs to use a data cable to update and he has lost it!!! Ha ha

    • https://plus.google.com/107660694691490689283 toebee97

      Well someone is wrong, because that's impossible. 2.3.4 is the latest update for the Experia. Google it. http://kan.gd/1bip

    • Gryph

      The update is called 4.0.2..... something but it is not android 4.0.

  • reuben

    Ah, thought it was odd for sony to be so quick. Damn confusing if you ask me. Il wait in anticipation for the update for my nexus s.......... WANT SOME DOGFOOD MYSELF PLEASE GOOGLE ;)

  • adam

    Latest update on google is android 4.1 os


    For htc g2 owner they have better version of ice cream sandwich


  • Katrach0t

    My Nexus S is hungry.

  • http://www.pikture.net pikture

    No this is not the actual Android 4 update.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      What are you talking about? Yes it is.

      • reuben

        No, its build number 4.0 a 2 but only android 2.3.5. Not android 4 as first thought

        • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

          Well that's odd considering my Nexus S 4G was updated to 2.3.7 like two months ago. Do you have any proof that the Google employees are dogfooding an update that was pushed OTA months ago? Where did you find your info? In this post Artem clearly states "Android 4.0" and the people on Google+ featured in this article mention Ice Cream Sandwich. Which is 4.0, that's just common knowledge. I'm so confused about what you and pikture are talking about. Did you even read the post?

  • TronDiedForYourFlynns

    Im running ICS on my Inspire 4g and its fantastic despite a few minor bugs.

  • Tuxologue

    Let's leak the update.zip !

  • http://shadowless.me Eugene

    And there we were all thinking that having a Google phone will enable us to get priority updates to the latest OS. Apparently, you need to buy the latest google *phone* to get that, even though you paid for a (then) flagship google phone earlier this year. If you're not ponying up the cash, back in line you go.
    I'm really getting tired of Google's disrespect to their own users. At least Apple's updates are released to all compatible devices simultaneously. I really had high hopes for my Nexus S, but this is starting to get irritating.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      They're just testing. It's the same as QA, except wider than a single department. Really, the Nexus S will get ICS before other phones, I don't see a problem with this. The N1 also got Gingerbread a bit after the NS was released.

  • http://www.parivartansoftwares.com satish sutrave

    Hi...am using NEXUS S -19023 I wish to update Android 4.0 ,please let me know how to update,

  • Gfgb

    Google staff always look very relaxed,coll ... But whenever I need to talk with someone from google i always get the impression that person is bored and just serving canned responses. Do you guys feel the same ?

  • joe

    what is OTA????