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Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S tested at Google

Google is rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich for Google employees, suggesting the update is coming soon.

Google is doling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to some of its Nexus S-owning employees, suggesting that the much-desired update will be coming soon.

Android Police reports that the over-the-air update has been shipped out to people who work at Google so it can be tested before being released to Nexus S owners in the wider world.

A Google engineer called Adel Saoud wrote on Google+, "Just got Ice Cream Sandwich update on my Nexus S & it's looking great :)".

Below in the same thread, self-described independent software developer Adnan Hodzic writes that Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus S delivers "huge performance differences", which is a welcome omen for Nexus S owners wondering how their mobiles will cope with the latest version of Android.

We're hoping that the update arrives soon -- one of the major reasons for buying the Nexus S is that, because it's running an unmodified version of Android, it should receive new versions of Android much faster than other phones that use altered versions of Google's mobile OS.

If Nexus S owners have to wait just as long as people who use other Android phones, they may start to wonder what the point was in opting for the Nexus S in the first place. CNET reckons that testing of Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus S is expected to take another few weeks.

Here's hoping it arrives in time to make Nexus S owners happy on Christmas morning. In the meantime, let us know whether you're psyched about Ice Cream Sandwich in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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