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5 years ago

How to manually update your Nexus S to Android 2.3.3



The Android 2.3.3 (GRI40 for those keeping score at home) OTA update for the Samsung Nexus S has started to roll out, but there's no need to wait -- it's a breeze to manually install.  Think of it as the OTA update, with less of the A.  What you need to do:

  • Grab the OTA package here [ link via XDA]
  • Rename it to  This isn't needed for the Nexus S bootloader, but it makes things easy.
  • Copy it over to the internal storage on your Nexus S.
  • Power off, then hold volume up and power to reboot to the bootloader.
  • Using the volume key to navigate, select recovery, then use the power button to confirm
  • When you see the warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and tap volume up.  You'll see a menu.
  • From the menu, select "apply update from /sdcard", and choose from the list.
  • Let it do its thing and update your system, radio, and other partitions.  When finished, choose "reboot system now"
  • Enjoy!

Sound off in the comments how things are going for you.

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5 years ago

Gmail update crashes prompt pulling from Android market


GMail update

We've had a couple reports of the latest Gmail update no longer appearing in the Market, and now we have a reason why.  It seems that users who were still using a 2.2 version of Gmail and updated to the latest version had some stability issues.  Users who updated from a 2.3.x version are unaffected.

If you are experiencing bugs or crashes since updating, Google recommends you remove the update by by going in to Settings > Applications > Manage applications > Gmail > Uninstall updates.  A fix is in the works, and we expect an even updated-ier version soon. [Google Mobile help forums]

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5 years ago

How to manually update your Nexus One to Android 2.3 Gingerbread


Nexus One Gingerbread update

The Nexus One's over-the-air update to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread (erm, not Android 2.4) is starting to push out. But if you can't wait (that'd be us), you can manually install the update. It's the same thing as the OTA update, just, not OTA. Here's how to install:

  1. Download the update from here. [link via XDA]
  2. Rename the file to 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 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" and let things run their course.

Easy peasy! Enjoy!

Update:  Seeing getprop/status 7 errors?  You'll need to update your version of Hboot.  If you're not familiar with fastboot and flashing, have a look here for the long (but easy) way.

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5 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt spotted, gets hands-on in the Android Central Forums


HTC ThunderboltHTC Thunderbolt

There's no quicker way to become the cool kid on the block these days than to have actually seen and used an HTC Thunderbolt. (We're having jackets made.) And that's just Android Central Forms member O.G Incredible has been doing -- and causing quite the tizzy in the process. Before you start crying "Troll!" -- he's uploaded a few pictures. So put down your pitchforks, raise a glass to the O.G OP, and hope the TB gets released ASAP. [Android Central Forums]

P.S.: That's pretty cool, but we're still partial to our video shot in a Las Vegas In-and-Out-Burger. Just sayin'. :p

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5 years ago

Android's official Twitter app updated


Twitter for Android

Looks like Android's "official" Twitter client just got updated. Here's what's new:

  • Timeline now maintains its position when you exit/enter the app.
  • Tapping on a map thumbnail now opens to a full screen map.
  • Fixed crashes when in landscape mode.
  • App refreshes with latest Tweets upon launch.
  • Other various bug fixes.

Good fixes, all. You can update directly in the Android Market, or we have download links after the break.

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5 years ago

Android Market on the web gets a books section


Looks like the Android Market got what some might refer to as a big upgrade, depending on your interest level in books. In what is surely a tie in to the Google Books eReader app, the Android Market now has a full and complete section for books available.

No telling if and when the mobile version of the Android Market will get it, but it being available in the web version shows that Google has a lot more coming for that portion of the Android Market. Hit the source link to check it out further. [Android Market]

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5 years ago

Froyo coming to the HTC Aria tomorrow, says AT&T



AT&T has posted news on its Facebook fan page that the HTC Aria will be updating to Froyo (Android 2.2 -- remember it?) tomorrow. The little Android device was AT&T's second Android powered phone to enter their stores. Since then, consumers have been waiting to see if the Aria was going to be getting a Froyo update.

The Aria's newer second cousin, the Samsung Captivate, is expected to be getting Froyo today. From reading through the Facebook fan page comments, owners really mostly want the Captivate to update already. How about you guys? Are you still rolling with an HTC Aria? 

AT&T has also posted a interview with Dante Martin, AT&T's Android Senior Project Manager. Video after the break! [Facebook] Thanks, Greg K!

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5 years ago

Samsung Captivate's Froyo update now available through Kies


Samsung Captivate Froyo update

The good news: The AT&T Samsung Captivate finally has its Froyo update. They bad news -- it's available through the Samsung Kies desktop software. Kies isn't the worst thing we've ever seen, but it's still a bit ridiculous in 2011 that we're not updating everything over the air.

But I digress. The update you're getting is the same KB1 version we showed you the other night, so if you installed the leaked version, you're likely good to go. Otherwise, hit up Sammy's instructions (which are nicely done) and the massive changelog (after the break) and get to updating. [Samsung] More on the update in the Captivate forums

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5 years ago

Sprint, Samsung halt Epic 4G's Froyo update due to data, SD card issues


Sprint Epic 4G

Rut ro. If you've been wondering why your Sprint Epic 4G hasn't yet received the over-the-air update to Froyo, it's because Sprint and Samsung have yanked it from the servers. Apparently a number of folks were having problems with data connectivity, or with the SD card -- or both. And while a hard-reset seemed to fix it, nobody wants to do that (Hi, mom!).

So, they pulled the update. Here's the official word:

There have been an increased number of calls into Care regarding issues with the Epic following the upgrade. As a result, the upgrade will not be pushed to more devices until a resolution for these issues is in place. The OTW update on the Samsung website will also be taken down.

Sprint and Samsung are actively working to correct these problems and release the update to all devices.

The issues being reported are related to data connectivity following the upgrade and SD card issues when attempting to access photos, music, etc. If you are experiencing these issues, a hard reset has been reported to resolve the problems. A hard reset will wipe out all the data on your device, so a backup should be done first.

That's no good, and let's hope Sprint and Sammy get their ducks in a row and get the update back up, pronto. [Sprint, via] More on the update in the Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

Sign up to find out when the Xoom 4G LTE upgrade is available


Xoom upgrade

The Motorola Xoom is available from Verizon today, at a cost of $599 with a contract and $799 without. At launch, the Xoom will only be compatible with Verizon's 3G network, but will eligible for a free 4G LTE upgrade in the coming months. 

If you have a Xoom, are planning to get one, or want to wait for when the 4G upgrade is available, sign up on Verizon's site to receive a notification e-mail, and you'll be among the first to know. [Verizon]

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5 years ago

NTT DOCOMO unveils three new smart mobile devices for the Japanese market


While we already knew NTT DOCOMO was putting the LG Optimus Pad up for pre-order, and we've come to find out they were adding two other devices to their already existing line-up as well. One of those devices is the not yet released in North America Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The other, a device that will likely never seen North American shores; the MEDIAS N-04C which oddly enough is claiming to be the Worlds thinnest smartphone measuring just 7.7 mm, and weighing only 105 grams.  We've got the press release after the break if you're looking for more details surround their rollout.

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5 years ago

MetroPCS hires Snoop 'DoGGGG' to help promote the 4G Samsung Indulge


 Snoop Dogggg

MetroPCS has just launched an ... interesting ad campaign to promote its upcoming LTE-rocking Samsung Indulge. Snoop Dogg himself takes on a trio of personalities as possible matches for a woman on a dating show, each with more "G"s in his name - and thus is more attractive. Asked about "the 4 Gs" in his name, Snoop explains that "lately the speed of my hustle has increased exceptionally, and I've had to amp up my Gs to facilitate my needs." Honestly, we couldn't make this up if we tried. Catch the video past the break. [YouTube]

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G gets torn down to reveal what it's made of


Just a mere day after we saw the Motorola Atrix 4G torn down to its naughty bits, we now get to have a good look at the Samsung Galaxy S 4G get the same treatment. The good folks at iFixit sacrificed one for science and came to a few conclusions about the device over all:

  • Samsung KB100L00WM-A453 512 MB of DRAM, which also contains a 1 GHz Intrinsity Processor in a package-on-package configuration
  • The front panel is adhered to the AMOLED display, so they must be replaced as one expensive unit
  • Less-than-stellar fit of the front panel and chromed plastic accents can lead to cosmetic issues after long-term use.
  • It turns out that Samsung tells no lie -- their structural framework IS made of magnesium! This helps make the device lighter.

Overall, iFixit gave the Samsung Galaxy S 4G a 6 out of 10 for it's cost effectiveness to repair. Had the display been easier to remove it would likely have scored the 9 out of 10 the Motorola Atrix 4G did as there are a lot of internal similarities there. [iFixit]

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5 years ago

Honeycomb boot animation on Droid X

5 years ago

Motorola giving away a limited-edition gold Motorola XOOM


Just in case you're not really feeling a new 2-year contract or the actual sticker cost of the Motorola Xoom that doesn't mean you still can't have one. If you're lucky enough you may just end up with a gold one and then you can be just like an Oscar nominated movie stars. As was sent out via their Twitter account, Motorola might just have a gold Xoom with your name on it. All you have to do is re-tweet the above and you're good to go provided you have read the full contest details and qualify to win. To make it easier on you, hit the source link and start re- tweeting. [Twitter]

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