Latest Android Update May Have Battery Issues; Google Pauses Rollout

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Google has paused the rollout of the latest update to their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Several users reported seeing that the Android 4.0.3 was available, but were unable to download it when they tried to update their phones. A Google employee on Google’s Google+Mobile/thread?tid=4173d37ad6ba4e85&hl=en">mobile help forum informed users that Google had paused the update in certain areas of the country in order to “monitor feedback.”

The issue primarily affects Google Nexus S users. Owners of the new Galaxy Nexus received an update to Android 4.0.2 on the same day the phone released, and many seem to be having trouble with the phone’s battery draining at a far higher rate than normal. The issue appears to be greater than normal resource usage by the operating system.

Apart from the forum post above, there has been no word from Google on why they have stopped the rollout. Nor is there any word on when the update will be expected to resume. For many Nexus S users this was to be their first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. Having the update frozen left them justifiably furious. Look for Google to either finish rolling out the update, or to push out a quick fix sometime very soon.

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