Google did not push out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update to Nexus S, which is believed to be due to hardware limitations. However, the device received latest Jelly Bean through custom releases by developers on several occassions. A few days ago, CyanogenMod 10.1 ROM based on Android 4.2.2 was released for the handset.

Now the SlimROMs team has released official SlimBean 4.2.2 Build 1 ROM for the international version of Nexus S with model number I9020. The ROM brings Android 4.2.2 update for Nexus S, which is currently running on Android 4.1.2.

Nexus S
SlimBean 4.2.2 Build 1 Jelly Bean ROM released for Nexus S I9020.

SlimBean 4.2.2 Build 1 ROM features

Full JDQ39 (Android 4.2.2) base

Replace cLock widget with Shiny new DashClock

Added slide before unlock

Bring back long press to toggle PW

MMS: Add quick emoji to text input

Phone: Set my phone number

Added Kill App/Expanded Notification shade/Toggle expanded desktop to hardware binds

Fully configurable advanced reboot toggle

Enhanced circle battery and clock

Camera: Add software HDR Mode

Calendar: Add snooze to events

Enhance T9 and search

Settings: Add forget all networks to Wi-Fi

Notification: Limit notification sounds for interval

Camera: Add animation to mode switch

Sound: Add configurable volume adjust sounds

Notification: Add custom carrier text

Enhance electron beam control

Fixes and optimisations


MusicFX FC

Batterybar UI glitch

QuickPulldown flips notification shade

Phantom QuickSettings toggle

Colour picker issues

Recents apps panel bug

Camera not animating

Colour picker in landscape

Recovery touch

Expanded desktop

Contacts call grouping

Alarm FC on update

Notification shortcuts spacing/tablets transitions

Choppy lockscreen on Low-mem HDPI

Lockscreen browser shortcut

Longpress NavBar Home not loading recent apps

Advanced Slim Settings

Navigate to the source page to learn more about the bug issues of SlimBean ROM.

Nexus S users, who wish to install the SlimBean 4.2.2 Build 1 ROM on their Nexus S manually, may follow our step-by-step tutorial below. IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any damage to the device. Users are reminded to verify the model number of their handsets since the aforementioned Jelly Bean ROM is compatible only with Nexus S I9020.


1) Install USB Driver for Nexus S on the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and ensure the USB Debugging Mode is turned on.]

3) The Nexus S should be rooted and have ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery installed.

4) Backup all the date of the phone. If the device is having a custom recovery installed, make back-up for the same.

5) The device should be factory unlocked.

6) The phone should be charged above 80 per cent.

Steps to install SlimBean Build 1 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM on Nexus S I9020

1) Download SlimBean Build 1 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM for Nexus S to the computer

2) Download Google Apps package

3) Connect the Nexus S to the computer using USB cable and copy the download zip files to SD card of the phone

4) Disconnect the USB cable from the Nexus S and turn it off

5) Enter into Bootloader Mode by turning on the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power button together

6) Follow the instructions on the screen. Select BOOTLOADER and then go to RECOVERY

7) In CWM recovery, perform data wiping task. Then scroll down to 'Flash zip from SD card' press the Power button and select it. Again press the Power button to select 'Choose zip from SD card'

8) Now using the Volume buttons scroll down to Android 4.2.2 ROM zip file which is copied to the SD card. Select it using the Power button and confirm installation on the next screen

9) Once the ROM is installed, repeat the same procedure to install the Google Apps file

10) After the installation process is completed, return to the main recovery menu and select 'Reboot System now' to reboot the device. This process is likely to take about five minutes

SlimBean 4.2.2 Build 1 ROM based on Android 4.2.2 should be now installed and running on Nexus S I9020. Navigate to Settings>> About Phone to verify the software version of the phone.

[Source: Team Android]