Google started pushing out an update for the Nexus S that brings the firmware up to 2.3.2. The file is only about 600 KB big and the build number goes from GRH78 to GRH78C, so all signs point to this being a minor update. Samsung tweeted that it fixes the SMS bug that has received a lot of attention lately and that’s about all we know. There is no word on if it fixes the random reboot bug, but we will be testing it out and report on our findings.
You can wait for the update to hit your phone over-the-air, or you can download it from Google and manually install it now at your own risk.
-=Please install at your own risk=-
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”
Google started pushing out an update for the Nexus One that brings the firmware up to 2.2.2. The file is only about 550 KB big and the build number goes from FRG83D to FRG83G, so all signs point to this being a minor update. I haven’t seen the release notes yet, but the update is said to fix the SMS bug that has received a lot of attention lately.
You can wait for the update to hit your phone OTA, or you can download it from Google and manually install it at your own risk.
-=PLEASE TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK=-
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”.
Google just opened up their official site for Google I/O 2011, the largest developer conference for those working with Android and Google’s other platforms. Registration has yet to open, but make sure you bookmark the site and follow @GoogleIO if you plan on attending. This show always sells out fast, so don’t delay when registration finally begins.
The site already has a sessions track which hints at some of the topics which will be discussed. Romain Guy will be discussing the highlights of Honeycomb, Eric Chu will cover the improvements to the Android Market, and Jason Bayer will teach us how to build Android apps for Google TV.
Early bird pricing will start at $450 and bumps up to $550 on April 17. Students will be able to register for $150 and this year’s BootCamp will cost you $100.
We attended Google I/O the last two years and it is by far my favorite Android-related event. I’ve already heard that this year’s event will be special and you don’t want to miss it, but we have no idea what surprises Google has up their sleeve yet.
From Google: Google I/O brings together thousands of developers for two days of deep technical content, focused on building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.
The growth of Android is undeniable. Everywhere you look at CES, some company is announcing some type of Android something. Whether phone, tablet, hybrid or something else- Android is penetrating every end of the tech market. And more importantly, consumers are buying into it as well.
Moving from October 2010 to November 2010, Android overtook iPhone in total US Subscribers according to ComScore. Of the 61.5 million smartphone subscribers, 26% were Android and 25% were Apple in November. Meanwhile, 33% were still on telegram BlackBerry phones.
Think of what happened this holiday season and where this momentum of CES is taking Android… up, up, up , up, up… and above the competition. I think 2011 is going to be another amazingly fun and successful year for Android.
VIA | ComScore
HTC has confirmed that a maintenance update is being pushed out to the Sprint EVO 4G customers. I’m sorry to inform you that it’s not Gingerbread. Sorry folks you’ll have to wait little longer for that.
This update inclues:
Software Version: 3.70.651.1
Release Date: 12/13/2010
Method: Available OTA + Retail
PRL Version: 60672
Hardware Version: 0002 / 0003
NEW FEATURES / SERVICES IN MR3
- Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10)
- Adobe Reader
- Kindle eReader
- Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft
- Sprint Zone update
- Latest Telenav
- Latest VVM App
- Latest Sprint TV app
- SWYPE Keyboard
- Scan Now Widget for 4G (does not need to be available on any panel, just a widget option users could find and use).
EVO 4G update continues to roll out, new version for varying hardware models. If you are still awaiting the latest update for the HTC EVO 4G, don’t be alarmed or surprised if the version number varies from the one you expect. It appears that depending on which model number EVO you own, you are likely to receive a different version of the update. While this isn’t always typical, it isn’t too surprising given the number of hardware revisions floating around for the EVO.
If you haven’t received yours yet it may be worth checking your software update information under the ‘About phone’ menu.
As usual, if you do not wish to wait for the update to push out to your phone you can always manually install it. We advice you that you fully read all the details and specs before manually updating your EVO 4G. We do not take any responsibility of your phone or any actions you take in messing up your phone while updating it.
Follow these simple steps to manually install the update:
- Download the update from this link.
- Rename it to update.zip (but be sure not to rename it update.zip.zip). Save it to your Evo’s microSD card.
- Time to reboot into recovery mode. Turn the phone off. Then hold the volume down button, and press the power button. You should boot to a white screen with three Android guys on skateboards.
- Use the volume button to select RECOVERY, and press the power button again. The Evo will now reboot into recovery. You should see a render of a phone, with a red triangle and exclamation point.
- Hold the volume up button and press the power button. Choose applysdcard:update.zip. Let it do its thing.
VIA | AndroidCentral
The once supply-crushing HTC Desire may have given way to its beefier brothers, the Desire Z and HD, but it is still one of the better Android phones available throughout the world today. If you’re in Canada and looking for the most bang for your buck in an Android handset, TELUS has got you one hundred percent covered. We’re talking the most bang for no bucks at all, as the original HTC Desire is now free on a three-year contract until the end of 2010.
In case it sways you, the Desire has as good a chance as any at getting the Android 2.3 update due to its spec sheet matching identically in nearly everyone way to the Nexus One.
VIA | UnwiredView
Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time for you last minute shoppers to find the best deals on cell phones. US Cellular’s announced a promotion where, starting on December 17th and leading up to Christmas Eve, all of their phones will be free. That’s five Android phones to choose from, if you didn’t know: The LG Optimus U, the LG Apex, the HTC Desire, the Samsung Acclaim, and the Samsung Mesmerize.
Not shabby at all. Not only are those phones free, but US Cellular will credit you $100. That’s, like, two free months of service depending on your plan.
Dell’s promotion isn’t as exciting, but you’ll still want to grab a Motorola Droid X from them if you fancy getting a $25 gift card back. The phone itself is free, so they’re essentially paying you to take this phone. (And I didn’t mean for that to sound bad at all.) Go ahead and take advantage of that deal at Dell’s site today.
EA Mobile’s Madden NFL 11 just came to Android in the recent Droid X update and now we are getting our first look at it. This game remains a Verizon exclusive where they are selling it for $9.99, but evidence suggests that EA Mobile will eventually start selling their games in the Android Market.
We already spotted that Need for Speed Shift was headed to the Android Market this year, so we would hope to eventually see Madden NFL 11 unless it remains a Verizon exclusive (which really wouldn’t surprise us).
For an idea of what you might be able to purchase and play one day, check out the hands on video from Kellen of Droid Life. The graphics don’t look that mind-blowing, but it’s the best looking football game I’ve seen on Android and I’m excited to one day play Madden on my phone.
Androidandme is conducting a poll on how much are people willing to spend for a premium Android game. So far 41.88% (majority) of the voters say that they are willing to spend up to $5 – $10 on a premium Android game. Madden happens to be at the top end of the range. We’ll just have to wait and watch what the verdict is on the final price once it hits the Android Market.
VIA | Androidandme
It seems the Facebook for Android application has finally become all-encompassing, with the long-awaited features of chat and push notification finally making their way onto the Android platform. This is certainly a welcome addition to the Android application, as the lack of these features have been a gripe of many Android users for a long time. After spending a few minutes with the application, both the chat integration and the notification features seem to be done pretty well.
Just update your current Facebook app on Android and check out the new changes on Facebook 1.5. Test it out today and let us know what you think.