Google Nexus One gets new Gingerbread update

May 3, 2011
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Google is in the process of updating the Nexus One over the air with Gingerbread Android 2.3.4. The update doesn't have everything other 2.3.4 users will enjoy, however. Since the Nexus One has no forward facing video camera, Video Chat over Google Talk, which we reported here, is unavailable. But there's other noticeable tweaks including bug fixes for phone shut downs, WiFi connectivity, GPS accuracy, and battery life. Users can wait until the update reaches them, or they can do a manual update. Here's how ...

To update your Nexus One manually, download the update directly from Google. Then, rename the file to "update.zip." Copy the update to the microSD card in the Nexus One. Before inserting the card, shut down your phone. Insert the card and turn on the Nexus One while holding down the trackball. This will put the Nexus One into a menu screen where you can select Bootloader.

After Bootloader is selected, the next screen will offer Recovery mode. Choose that. Your Nexus One will reboot and begin the update process (you'll know because of the Android Robot Exclaimation point icon). You'll want to press the volume up and power button at the same time here. It may take a few tries before you get it to reach the next step, which is to choose "Apply sdcard:update.zip." Once done, the Nexus One will complete the update and you're all Gingy!


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  • G-MaN

    You don’t have to rename to update.zip, you will get a file browser when you select apply sdcard update.zip

  • MaxLaw843

    At 7:00 AM today, when I picked up my phone, there was the 2.3.4 ready to install on my Nexus One. Seems like there was about 6 MB more storage on my phone after the update. How is that? (Recall this happened when the upgrade to 2.3.3 occurred also.) So far, I don’t see any real difference although my location on Google Maps does seem a bit more accurate. We shall see…

  • Gonczollaszlo3

    sewams to be useful. since 2.3.3 I’ve had troubles with wifi at home.
    GONE!
    thx.

  • Gonczollaszlo3

    seams….

  • Gonczollaszlo3

    and really. GPS is also much more accurate.
    thx again.

  • Gonczollaszlo3

    more details about battery usage soon. This was my major issue since 2.3.3.

  • rts

     Why I cannot finish update, because it always writes E:signature verification failed. Actually I have 2.2.1 on it.

    • Cator

      same with me says error  

      • rts

        No, I haven’t fixed this issue. I stay on the 2.2.1

    • Cator

      same with me says error  

    • Achayes

      how did you get it fixed

      i have the same problem

      • rts

        No, I haven’t fixed this issue. I stay on the 2.2.1

  • Chris Monks

    I have been trying for the last hour and getting the same problem where it let’s me all the way to the end and then I get an error

    • Achayes

      did you get error fixed if so how did you do it