If you’re getting impatient waiting for the major Google update to be forwarded to your Nexus One smartphone, Android Forums have cooked up some directions letting you manually update the Nexus One, finally allowing you to play around with multitouch, Google Goggles, and even possibly getting rid of the 3G issues that have reportedly plagued many N1 units so far.

N1 Manual update Guide:

  1. Download the update from here (Google official) or here (mirror).
  2. Rename the file to update.zip. Note that if you’re using Windows, just rename it to “update” (no quotes, of course) because it’s already a zipped file.
  3. Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
  4. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
  5. You’ll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select “Bootloader.”
  6. On the next screen, select “Recovery.”
  7. Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  8. Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  9. Now (using the trackball this time) choose “Apply sdcard:update.zip” and let things run their course

It’s reported that users may have to soft-reset a few times after the update, but judging from user feedback, all goes well after that.  Anyone going this route?

[via Android Central]