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 -
  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.
  10. Reboot and enjoy

Reader comments

Nexus One updated to Android 2.3.6 (GRK39F)


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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 :).

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).

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.

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.

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!!)

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.

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

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...

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.

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.

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


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: