April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
UnBricking the Nexus S
Last week, T-Mobile issued the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update to Nexus S customers. Great news for some, miserable news for others. I didn’t found out exactly what all Google and T-Mobile included in the update, but apparently a new bootloader was included. For some users, that meant a nice, Nexus-shaped brick.
So XDA Recognized Developers AdamOutler and Rebellos of Team Hummingmod set out to do what they do best: unbricking devices. And they released revision 37 of the UnBrickable Resurrector, which added support for the Nexus S.
Using Linux, the UnBrickable Resurrector, and the latest version of Java, Team Hummingmod’s solution brings your Nexus S back to life in six steps. No hardware modification needed, at all.
Your only other option is, at the moment, through JTAG. “This method works by injecting a specially modified bootloader which calls back code used by the IROM for secure boot, but without security checks,” AdamOutler explained, “The unsecure code is uploaded into the device and the pointer is set to execute the proper location, thereby booting the device off USB.”
AdamOutler is currently working on the UnBrickable Mod hardware solution. While what he has should work in theory, he’s looking for either working or non-working Nexus S phones to prove it, and make a Do-It-Yourself guide.
If you would like to lend your Nexus S to the cause, or if you’d like to check out the software solution, UnBrickable Resurrector, please visit the development thread.
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