The Nexus’ (Both One And S) Receive Updates, Or Is It Nexii?

Not to be outdone by the Samsung Vibrant update, both the Nexus one and Nexus S are received updates last night.

For the Nexus S, firmware 2.3.2 fixes the SMS bug and random reboot bug that have been reported. You can of course wait for that over the air fix or follow the manual install steps below!

To install the latest Nexus S build GRH78C, follow these steps:

  • Download the update file from Google’s server: GRH78C-from-GRH78.zip
  • Copy the file to your phone’s internal storage (/sdcard). Tip: The Nexus S can flash any file so there is no need to rename it update.zip
  • Power off your phone.
  • Hold down the VOLUME UP button and power it back on.
  • Use the volume keys to navigate to recovery and press POWER to select it.
  • When you see the “/!” symbol, hold the POWER button and then press the VOLUME UP button.
  • You should be presented with the Android system recovery menu. Select the option “apply update from /sdcard”
  • Find the update file (GRH78C-from-GRH78) on your sdcard and then press the POWER button to flash it.
  • Wait for the update to complete and then select “reboot system now”

Nexus One owners take note, this small update also reportedly squashes the SMS BUG which has been widely reported. Firmware 2.2.2 looks like a minor update and without the release notes we can’t be sure exactly what else is fixed. Still, updates are good and you can wait for the OTA update to hit your phone or follow the manual install steps below!

To manually install Android 2.2.2 on the Nexus One, perform the following steps:

  • Download the update file from Google’s server: FRG83G-from-FRG83D
  • Copy the file to the root directory (aka not inside any folder) of your microSD card and name it update.zip Tip: Be careful not to name it update.zip.zip
  • Power off your phone.
  • Hold down the VOLUME DOWN button and power it back on.
  • Wait for your phone to load the skating Androids screen. Scroll down to recovery and press the POWER button.
  • When you see the “/!” symbol, press the POWER button and the VOLUME UP button at the same time. You should be presented with a menu and one of the options should be “apply sdcard:update.zip”.
  • Use the trackball to navigate to “apply sdcard:update.zip” and select it.
  • When you see “Install from sdcard complete”, select “reboot system now”.

Thanks to the boys at Androidandme for putting together these manual install guides!

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  • PencilPusherz

    When is the Nexus One getting 2.3? Why send a 2.2.2 when they can just send us 2.3?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

      they are probably still trying to fix it. Gingerbread was built upon the hummingbird processor and they are trying to get it to work with a snapdragon I can’t imagine it being a easy port with that factor alone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

      they are probably still trying to fix it. Gingerbread was built upon the hummingbird processor and they are trying to get it to work with a snapdragon I can’t imagine it being a easy port with that factor alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

    Good look David although I think I’m a wait for the OTA just to see how long it would take to get to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

    Good look David although I think I’m a wait for the OTA just to see how long it would take to get to me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EVYBM3M5N4KOCHH3RVVA3ZLI7Q Mark

    Can you interact with that huge Nexus S??? Anyway hooray for Nexuses (Nexii)!

    • Anonymous

      Yes you can. Best Buy set it up. It is a giant, multitouch display connected to a real Nexus S.

      • http://www.facebook.com/MatthewSki Matthew Kalinowski

        i want one!!!!

  • Humpty4321

    i wonder if it would work on the mytouch 3g flashing 2.2.2

  • SphericalPuma

    The plural of nexus in Latin is nexus

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    Not to be rude but I’m pretty sure you never add an apostrophe to a word to make it plural. :)

    • Oil

      You can most certainly add an apostrophe to make a word plural, if the apostrophe is followed by an “s.” In the case of the headlined, the apostrophe is meant for plural possession (written correctly by David).

  • Sintia179

    When the next nexus? This one sucked.

  • Sintia179

    When the next nexus? This one sucked.

    • AMOLED

      how much you selling it for then?

  • David

    So why can not Samsung/T-mobile do the same with the Vibrant vs. the complex Kies way?

    • AMOLED

      probably safer. easier for them putting it in one place for us to grab it then out to the 1 million devices they’ve sold

  • David

    So why can not Samsung/T-mobile do the same with the Vibrant vs. the complex Kies way?

  • David

    So why can not Samsung/T-mobile do the same with the Vibrant vs. the complex Kies way?

  • David

    So why can not Samsung/T-mobile do the same with the Vibrant vs. the complex Kies way?

  • http://www.rewdy.com/ A-Rox!

    I could have just now noticed it, but after installing I have a NEW ANDROID MARKET! Maybe it was there before, but I just noticed it now. Neato sweeto.

  • http://www.rewdy.com/ A-Rox!

    I could have just now noticed it, but after installing I have a NEW ANDROID MARKET! Maybe it was there before, but I just noticed it now. Neato sweeto.

  • Ohgawduhhh

    Can I do this on my HTC G2??

    • T-Mobile Rep

      NO!!!!!!! you will brick your phone. just look the web for custom roms if you want to do that. just know it voids your warrenty (most likely) or wait for an update, or even download a launcher from the market (like adwlauncher) that looks like 2.3 g2 is vanilla android. Cherish it!

    • T-Mobile Rep

      NO!!!!!!! you will brick your phone. just look the web for custom roms if you want to do that. just know it voids your warrenty (most likely) or wait for an update, or even download a launcher from the market (like adwlauncher) that looks like 2.3 g2 is vanilla android. Cherish it!

  • Guest

    please,please get sidekick pics :(…. and where is a reliable place to get a nexus one i think the phone looks so sexy lolz hope htc makes the sidekick and they make it look as sexy or sexier ;)

  • Ibeadropoutengineer

    I have a question that no one can answer. What will happen when they upgrade to 21 then 42? The stick barely get 2. 3 is a rarity. And the stick should be faster than the phone. I am told that as long as you see an H the number of bars are irrelevant for speed. It is more of an indication of voice quality. I have a cell site within 5 miles. This makes no sense. My guess is that its traffic on the pipe and that you are only as fast as the slowest connection and voice takes priority over data.

    Can someone explain?

    • T-mobile Rep

      The new phones always say H they don’t bounce between the three. you need to live in a 4g area to get faster than 2 mbps as well as have the rocket 2.0 (light silver one) i currently live in a 4g area and my vibrant is pulling down 4 to 6 mbps. just wait for the network to update,
      T-Mobile Rep

      • Ibeadropoutengineer

        Thanks! However, I am talking about Rocket 2.0 and it frequently bounces between 2 bar 3G and 2 bar H+. We have had 4G in FLA for a while. That is not the problem. I can even get my BB to 5M down using BOLT or Opera Mini instead of the BB browser. Consistent 5 bars on the BB.

        Can you please explain how bumping to 21 o2 42 will matter in this situation?

  • Bimmerz

    Good writeup David, thankfully I received an OTA update last night. Also David, you might want to remove that this update fixes the random rebooting issues, as it doesn’t. Just saw on XDA that some are still having this issue, and that Google is still working on a fix for this, as it wasn’t included in this update. Hope you’re having a good weekend! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

      Or it could just be that those people just have a defective device because I never really had that issue unless my battery was on 5% or less around in that area but that happens with most devices when the battery is low.

  • Bimmerz

    Good writeup David, thankfully I received an OTA update last night. Also David, you might want to remove that this update fixes the random rebooting issues, as it doesn’t. Just saw on XDA that some are still having this issue, and that Google is still working on a fix for this, as it wasn’t included in this update. Hope you’re having a good weekend! :)

  • http://twitter.com/BiGMERF Marvin Feliciano

    worked fine with mines, all updated

  • datragicprince

    David – any news on the next nexus that was referred to in the following link?

    http://www.tmonews.com/2011/01/samsung-gt-i9023-drops-at-the-fcc-new-version-of-nexus-s-with-android-2-4/

    • datragicprince

      Anyone anyone??? Beuler???

  • datragicprince

    David – any news on the next nexus that was referred to in the following link?

    http://www.tmonews.com/2011/01/samsung-gt-i9023-drops-at-the-fcc-new-version-of-nexus-s-with-android-2-4/

  • htx22

    aww man…when updating the software it messed with my swype beta on my nexus s…right after i installed it manually, the swype beta keyboard I had installed on my phone wouldnt work :(

  • htx22

    ok nevermind all you have to do if you have swype beta on your nexus s is re-install it

  • htx22

    ok nevermind all you have to do if you have swype beta on your nexus s is re-install it

  • Fish

    still waiting for OTA…

  • Akeemfadedona

    How did you get swype on there

    • Akeemfadedona

      Im still waiting too

  • Reign

    STILL WAITING FOR THE OTA UPDATE ON THE NEXUS ONE…. :(

  • Reign

    STILL WAITING FOR THE OTA UPDATE ON THE NEXUS ONE…. :(

  • ralphieq

    Just got my OTA update for my Nexus One. Approx 2:54PM EST

    • ralphieq

      Forgot to mention. I’m in NYC.

    • ralphieq

      Forgot to mention. I’m in NYC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

    Just got the New market yesterday afternoon and just right now got the new system update via OTA now for my battery to charge up.

  • Anonymous

    Finally got 2.3.2 pushed to my S. Approximately 1530 EST Jan 24

  • Dale Murphy

    received update this afternoon. phoenix az. phone seems ‘snappier’. nexus one.