Nexus One update

Not to be forgotten, the venerable Nexus One got itself a little update overnight. Now at Android 2.3.6, Build GRK39F, the update ... does something -- the update screen just says "important bug fixes and security patches." We'll take their word for it.

Of course, there can't be all that many Nexus Ones still in use (though we fall in love with it all over again every time we turn it on), and there's a good chance that if you are rocking one, it's not stock. But if vanilla's your thing, look for the update to push down shortly. And should it not, we've got manual install instructions after the break.

  1. Download the update from here (Google official - d323ca384aaa.signed-passion-GRK39F-from-GRJ22.d323ca38.zip).
  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.
  10. Reboot and enjoy
 
There are 53 comments

Scottatron says:

So good to see the old girl is still getting some love from Google :)

thintheherd says:

I'm still rockin' my Nexus One (I guess I'm one of the few). Still can't find anything with stock on it that has comparably good hardware. Put stock on the Sensation (or get Cyanogen Mod on it), and that's my next phone. I HATE plastic-feeling cell phones.

roose21 says:

Rocking CM7 on my Sensation right now. It absolutely flies!!

thintheherd says:

I'm a noob when it comes to unlocking, rooting and new ROM installation. One of these days I'm going to have to find someone to babysit me through the process.

keithz says:

Same here. I didn't see the point in upgrading to the Nexus S.

It was expensive. And despite the bump in hardware, there weren't all that many apps to take advantage of it.

That said, I'm finally reaching the limits of my usage on the N1. The lack of internal memory is very annoying. It limits how many apps I can buy and download. The touchscreen error is really bothersome too.

So it'll be on to the Nexus Prime for me when that launches.

Scottatron says:

I've still got my "AT&T" version Nexus One as my phone, will probably retire it once the new Nexus is released.

Mr.Froyo says:

Ill take it off your hands :D

UGator says:

I'll have two rooted at&t n1's available as soon as the prime hits

jamestbrewer says:

Same here, TMo version, but waiting for next nexus phone to drop

opjones says:

there can only be one

10SE says:

"veneral"??? I know the N1 has been around the block... but, c'mon!!!

DesertVelo says:

Still my goto phone... and running stock. For us Nexus One owners, it is hard to let go a solid piece of gear.

icebike says:

Was in the AT&T store the other day getting upgrades for some of the people on our company plan.

They tried to offer me an upgrade as well, I said no thanks. They asked what phone I was using, and I showed the guy the Nexus One.

He said he's seen a dozen N1 owners turn down upgrades in the last 2 months.

I told him I'm not getting a new one till they have LTE in my market area, and even then, ONLY if I can get newer Nexus.

rfdesign21 says:

Tried updating and got Error in/tmp/sideload/package.zip (status 7)...

2late2die says:

I'm still rocking my original that I got from Google with a custom "Don't Panic" on the back. The only thing that came even close to making me want to drop it is the HTC Sensation but the Sense UI "unsealed the deal".

At this point I'm waiting for the Nexus Prime and hoping it'll be a proper successor to the NX1.

jspidey says:

I'm still rocking my Nexus One - CM7 naturally!!! I bought an iPhone 3GS through AT&T, sold it on eBay and used the proceeds toward my N1. Just waiting for that "Prime" to drop.

cliffy says:

I have a similar story as you: had an iphone 3G, heard about the N1, so I sold my iPhone for $250 and used the the money to buy my N1 when it came out - which I still use to this day. I'm waiting for the SGSII however.

umbrae says:

Still sporting the N1 with stock. Best phone I have ever had and will probably have it until it dies. Good on Google for keeping it on the update path.

akidd411#AC says:

so why is my nexus s still on 2.3.4?

Unibrow says:

Nexus S 4G is 2.3.5, just checked my wife's

madeincanon says:

NS4G is on 2.3.7 now.

mapin says:

In summary:

Nexus One T-Mobile & AT&T: 2.3.6
Nexus S T-Mobile: 2.3.4
Nexus S AT&T: 2.3.6
Nexus S 4G Sprint: 2.3.7

Looking forward to seeing them all updated to ICS 4.0 !! (or whatever the number will be)

madeincanon says:

I think its supposed to be 2.4

Nirvana328 says:

2.4 would mean it's older than Honeycomb (3.0). Since ICS will merge the Gingerbread and Honeycomb branches it makes sense to call it a new higher number. Plus ICS will be such a major update going from 2.3 to 2.4 doesn't make sense.

Warpoet says:

According to rumours ICS will be 2.4 but hey rumours are rumours. Only time will tell. I can't wait for the new Nexus and even when it's out I will find it difficult to replace my N1.

cporier91 says:

my NS is feeling kinda shafted right now...The tmo NS better be the first to get ICS.

Anyone with a nexus one knows good devices and will wait for the great devices to come out.

xamuri says:

doesn't this break Wi-Fi and USB-tethering?

image2nv says:

Thats my concern as well.

daveb#AC says:

WiFi hotspot and USB tethering are both still present in 2.3.6 on my AT&T-compatible Nexus One. I did just notice that the wireless hotspot settings were apparently reset to default, however.

SuperIVIan11 says:

I'm using a stock T Mobile Nexus One.Got my update last night. It changed my hotspot password, but after I changed it back, worked like a charm :).

Daniel C says:

I'm still using my stock Nexus One. Trying to hold out for the next Nexus phone. The biggest problem I have is the lack of app storage space (even with all the apps saved to SD that will allow it).

icebike says:

I hear you with regard to the space.

I'm running fewer and fewer apps today than last year.

It seems like all the apps that came bundled hang around for ever. Then when updates thru the market happen, those updates did not replace the bundled version so you end up with multiple versions of twitter, facebook, amazon, Books, etc. Soon your space is gone and you have to start dumping apps.

It seems I am always on the verge of Low Disk Warning.

daveb#AC says:

The most frustrating thing is that seven of the ten largest apps on my phone are Google apps which don't allow moving to SD.

evobb100 says:

Hey folks can I use with EVO 4g this update ?
What can happened if I flash it ?

NerdyNugget says:

You wanna brick?

piizzadude says:

it will be time for a new phone if you do, but you will have gained a paperweight

Nirvana328 says:

go ahead and flash it, but read this first:

http://www.androidcentral.com/sometimes-root-isn%E2%80%99t-answer

oniongirl says:

Still rocking my N1. Still stock, though root is imminent due to lack of space. I've yet to find another stock Android device that doesn't feel cheap (which wouldn't be so bad if they WERE cheap!!)

mapin says:

I updated from N1 to NS. I was worried it would feel cheap, but it actually feels pretty good ! At this point yeah just wait it out for the next Nexus.

image2nv says:

Has anyone checked to see if this breaks tethering?!!!!!

I updated it and it does NOT

image2nv says:

Thanks!

flacoff says:

Loving my N1, god or aliens will have to pry it from my cold dead hands, that is until there is something out there that's actually with upgrading to

My girlfriend's Nexus S just went to 2.3.7. Didn't even realize this was coming.

abootin#AC says:

So I now have 2.3.7 on my Nexus S!

Waffles says:

Me me me me me!

K1utch829 says:

well lucky i got the 2 best fone i like Sensation and Nexus One n both wit CM7 lol

kest009 says:

Just updated my Tmo N1 to 2.3.6 and the only change I've found is that there is no longer pinch to zoom when looking at a picture in the gallery app, not a big deal I guess...

kichik says:

Rocking stock Nexus One on T-Mobile and just got the surprise update.

Any hints on what's new? So far I noticed different icons in the app manager, and alerts on new bluetooth connections (and old ones since before the update). It also weirdly freed up 10MB in app space.

DesertVelo says:

An update to the recent OTA: Running stock N1and allowing OTA to occur. Update goes well - no issues. Verifying device and notice wifi routinely drop every 2 to 3 minutes. Monitored with wifi analyzer to confirm the drops. Compared along side another stock N1 running 2.3.4 which older revision did not experience the issue. Installed older version twice to confirm that 2.3.6 does impact my device's wifi stability.

gomezl7 says:

Pick up nexus 1 today for 75 bucks in mint condition could help myself. I miss that phone so much.

I also have a sensation with cm 7 it's so awesome. Cooks

@DesertVelo

I'm surprised you're the only who noticed that update 2.3.6 screws up WiFi on the Nexus One. This is known to many frustrated users, but apparently not to Google/Android team yet! They haven't responded even though it's been over 3 weeks now!! Very strange. There are a lot of angry people waiting for a response or a fix from Google on this official android support forum:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=3251939eb...