The wallpaper was in
on previous versions of Android. However it appears that it was moved as part of the multi-user preparations. The current location is
The file is conveniently called wallpaper and it is a png file.
Even though Android Beam and S Beam serve similar purposes, they actually work very differently and are not compatible with one another.
Android Beam uses NFC to pair your devices over Bluetooth, then transfers files over the Bluetooth connection. I believe it can also transfer very small pieces of data (contacts, links, etc) directly over NFC, as the Ice ...
This is a known problem with ICS (up to 4.0.3, I think) :
If you follow this link you'll also see a solution to the problem (I'd recommend backing up your contacts first, just in case):
Assuming your phone is synced with Google Contacts
Disable contacts syncing. From the ...
Beware: The instructions are for clean installing an OS. That means ALL YOUR DATA will be permanently LOST. If your phone was previously rooted it will be brought back to an unrooted state (whether you want it or not).
Please, remember to make backups of any important data on your phone. It will be lost.
1. Turning on USB debuging
Turn on USB debugging on ...
This is for the NFC functionality. Those contacts are used to transmit the info to and from the receiver/transmitter on the back cover (seen below outlined in green, though you probably guessed it :) ). They have to put it on the back cover because NFC only works for usually no more than a few centimetres, and they need a way to feed the information back to ...
It sounds like you might be getting the "ding" noise discussed on this Google groups post:
Thanks for the question. The alert chime you here indicates is a
prompt for an upcoming driving maneuver. It plays in places where the
Text-to-Speech engine is either unsupported or unavailable, but it
also may play if the data connection becomes flaky during ...
The bookmarks are kept in an SQLite database. There is no stock tool to modify them directly. I did, however, find an app that can rearrange the order of your local bookmarks: Bookmark Sort & Backup
An issue has been opened about this in Allow User To Arrange Bookmarks In ICS Stock Web Browser.
That's correct: starting Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0.1 and until the curent (at the time of writing) 4.0.3 the Face Unlock feature is not available to any version of Nexus S (NS).
This thread on xda-dev provides various speculations as to why Face Unlock is not available on NS:
lower quality front camera hardware on the NS
the vulnerabilities of this ...
Go to the contact you want to add the ringtone to, press the menu button in the top right corner and select Set ringtone. The mp3 file has to be in the /sdcard/Ringtones/ directory for the phone to find it.
All the methods you've tried, and the ones I've been reading for the past hour, exploit a circuit "bump" that shouldn't even happen in the first place.
If they don't work with your phone, be happy, your phone is not suffering from further defects. Some I'm referencing are:
Plug your phone to your computer using the USB cable. Remove and add the battery ...
Google hosts their flagship device OTAs online, fortunately, under the codename crespo for the Nexus S. Some searching along those line resulted in this Android Police post (affiliate links removed):
Well, that didn't take long. Here are the instructions to [get] your Nexus S rocking ICS right now. Do not try this on the CDMA Nexus S!
I finally gave up on the stock email client for Android 4.0 because of this problem and others. Now I use Enhanced Email and I love it. Its screen-real-estate-efficient UI is based on the Gingerbread client and the dev team is very responsive to user suggestions and feedback. And it doesn't kill battery life like Touchdown.
This post will explain everything. It details how GPU rendering works in ICS.
Though, if you want a short answer:
GPU rendering essentially forces the drawing of windows and UI elements in apps to be calculated and done using the GPU of your phone instead of the CPU. This frees up clock ...
Open a contact from the "People" app (the contact list) by tapping on its name, then press the Menu button (the Galaxy Nexus analogue to this should be the ... button). One of the menu options should be "Delete".
My baseband is ever so slightly different from yours: it is I9020XXKI1 (I think; it's hard to read). I upgraded by following the steps at http://www.androidcentral.com/how-manually-update-your-gsm-nexus-s-ice-cream-sandwich; I am pretty sure that you can't go wrong doing the same. At worst, your phone will refuse to install the thing.
You could just use Audacity or something to create a short clip of white noise, then play that on loop through the phone's media player. However, in my opinion, this whole question is a bad idea. It will constantly be running down your battery and using up processor cycles.
I had some problems with built in sync so I looked for a more sophisticated solution. After I tested some apps I choose a Android app called ContactSync (the dev provided me a free test license for the app so +1 for free testing) and the name tells it all. It can sync, import and export contacts on various ways like CardDAV or FTP or just local .vcf files.
There's an app for 3G only mode:
However your phone should automatically try and go for 3G if there's a 3G connection available, it will never choose 2G over 3G so I don't see why this would be useful... There's still a 2G only mode to save battery in Settings -> Mobile Networks
After flashing a new firmware it is advised to perform a factory reset (all your data will be lost, so take a backup.) While the phone is off:
Press the VOLUME UP, HOME and POWER buttons together till it vibrates. Now it has entered RECOVERY MODE.
Navigating using the volume buttons highlight the option wipe data/factory reset and press the HOME button to ...
You lost all your contacts as it was tied to the old one, registered a new one, then when ICS sync'd, nothing there... as it was on a newly registered account.
Question is what happened to attribute you to getting your previous Google account closed?
After quite a bit of research I am now able to answer my own question. I was able to clean install Jelly Bean (in opposite to the usual method of upgrading) using official images posted by Google. This obviously solved the issue.
Here are my instructions how to do this.
If you have Windows, the excellent Nexus Root Toolkit will automate the process that was given here into a one click 'flash to stock & unroot' plus an additional option to OEM lock afterwards. Of course it will unlock and root just as easily and other advanced features. You can get it at:
There's a separate section to choose the text-to-speech output speaker:
Goto settings and choose the UK voice:
Setting => Language & input => Text-to-speech output => Google Text-to-speech => Language
You can install german, spanish, french, italian voice data additionaly to the preinstalled english US/UK voices.
unlocked phone ('fastboot oem unlock' command)
installed Android SDK with accessible adb and fastboot executables (both are part of the SDK)
Cyanogenmod 7/9 or 10 image from get.cm (or whatever ROM you want)
Nexus S CWM recovery image from clockworkmod.com
Flash the CWM recovery image:
Switch off your Nexus S, press volume up & ...
There are a some apps available which would answer your question. The probably best ones include...
NoSignalAlert, which not only alerts you when you lost the signal, but also provides a log1 of those events, and lets you even browse those "dead zones" on a map and display the collected log information along2
OpenSignalMaps, offering similar features, ...
lifehacker: Three Ways to Improve Your Android's Lock Screen Security
Unfortunately, native Android solution, like proposed here via "vdc cryptfs changepw newpass" seem to work only on rooted devices.
After reading and trying a number of Internet tutorials on the subject, I found a simpler answer. The screws were loose.
Turns out the Nexus S GPS antenna is dependent on getting a good connection between the two halves of the case. Tightening up the screws in the image did the trick. These screws control the pressure on the antenna contact and provide a ...
I know this already has an accepted answer and is quite old but the answer is wrong.
"How physically close will a tag need to be for the phone to detect a
NFC card? (10cm or can it greater)"
The answer quotes < 0.2m but that's from the NFC standard, the actual distance depends on the radius of the NFC chip's antennae, in the case of the Nexus S is ...
There is a SoX port for Android available as an open source project on GitHub: https://github.com/Kyborg2011/SoxPlayer
The developer says that it's not stable and uses high amounts of cpu (source):
instability (every tenth run - nothing happens)
high load on the processor
Wouldn't recommend to run that but theoretically this can be done.