Nexus One update

OK, boys and girls. The official Android 2.3.4 update for the Nexus One is pushing out. And with it you get whatever it is that Google's fixed and added. But one thing you won't get is the newfangled video chat (or voice services, for that matter) in Google Talk. Not a huge surprise, as the phone doesn't have a front-facing camera, but it's disappointing nonetheless.

Couple of ways to get the update. One is to sit and wait for it. The update is pushing out over the air. But if you're the impatient type, you can update manually. Here's how:

  1. Download the update from here.
  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.

Source: Android 2.3.4 GRJ22; via Android Central forums

There are 22 comments

VagrantRadio says:

Yes, finally!

tgrant1975 says:

Hopefully the evo is next.. ;-)

kest009 says:

so does anyone know what was changed in 2.3.4, feature or bug fix list??

decyphersmc says:

Did a quick Google and the only info I could find pertaining to the Nexus One:

- On the Nexus One, autonomy should return to its normal state, users have noticed some problems since the update 2.3.3

- On the Nexus One, users have noticed a loss of precision in geolocation, which should be corrected now


I did notice occasionally while traveling it would say unable to get current location in the maps and places apps which is frustrating to no end so I guess that'll be resolved?

icebike says:

What is autonomy?

moosc says:

cool I'm loving gingerbread on my DroidX. we just got another bug update really smoothed it out.

biggbrother2 says:

My N1 received the 2.3.4 update OTA last week...

And yes... I still have the delay issue when receiving calls.

icebike says:

Does yours still have wifi tethering?
Internet calling?

biggbrother2 says:

I still have WiFi tethering... no sure about Internet Calling since I never use it.

decyphersmc says:

Is it just me or did the menu/system for updating change since the last manual update?

I noticed after selecting 'Recovery' I then had to select the file '' from a list.

And then I had to select 'reboot now' with the option to 'wipe & factory reset' a dangerous two items down.

Thanks as always for these posts. Used Dropbox + Astro to get the update onto my phone wirelessly from my computer, and all seems to be well though the screen blacked out for a second on the homescreen after it had booted up.

Nirvana328 says:

your right, the update pop up notification looked different this time (in Gingerbread). Also it had a new option I didn't notice before. It said "you have a new update available but your battery is low" and gave me an option to plug in and update or update later.

Wouldn't know about the manual update part since I did this with an OTA update.

I'm really interested to see what the big changes were for the N1. I've already tried video/voice chatting with myself and it didn't work. Too bad.

Devyne1 says:

Aye can aye body tell whether or not you use this update on a phone that have been rooted, because I currently using a Cyangenmod 7.0 but I would like to update to this if possible.

icebike says:

This post by google employee is the official list of fixes :

dear god,
if you are listening, please let the evo be next for the gingerbread update. I have been waiting extremely patiently! I love my evo and I am content unlike I have been in the last few years with my phone. Thank you!!

i hope the MT4G is next!

i get stuck at step 8 it freezes on the the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle

GammN1 says:

Mi device: HTC Google Nexus One with Android 2.3.3, unlocked + rooted):
Updated with no problems but, lost root (superuser), busybox and even ClockworkMod Recovery after manually upgrading to Android 2.3.4 from 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
By the way, do you know how to get back my NexusOne rooted (with a working SU: SuperUser ) with BusyBox and able to restore ClockWorkMod Recovery, again, over this update?
Thanks in advance for your help,

GammN1 says:

[SOLVED] flashing the Amon_RA custom recovery from: through fastboot and after success flashing, without rebooting the needed file (Google for it if needed) and rebooting when done.
Finally got back ClockworkMod Recovery back through ROM Manager app.: (BusyBox start working again after having SU (SuperUser)installed.
Hope this will help to others,

xunlimited says:

Hello , i have just registered on androidcentral in hope that someone
will be able to help me update my google nexus one from 2.2.1 froyo and
FRG83D Build number to the latest Gingerbread . I tried my self to update it
manually ( ota really sucks ..i m getting older waiting for the ota update
)but i can t seem to get it right . i downloaded the 2.3.3 from
androidcentral and followed the steps ..and i seem to get an error ....the
source cannot be read or something...anyway i realized it's because of the
FRG83D and tried to update that one ...but i get the same error. Then i tried
this :
...and this seemed not to work as well because when i get to : ["Your phone
will spend a minute or so looking for an update file (the file).
When it has the info it needs, it will ask if you would like to install it.
Press the volume up key to choose to install the file."] it doesn't search
for a seems it doesn't search at all :| if you can help me
please send me a message with some detailed instructions and links if needed
...or just redirect me to someone that can help me ...please!....Thx a lot
and sorry for the long message.

noamshe says:

Hi all, I was so excited to start updating my old nexus one, the problem is that my power button is ruined, so I cannot reach the boot loader.. Is there another way to start the boot loader other then holding the track ball while pressing the power button?
thx alot ..

light take says:

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Lucy Eva says:

On the Nexus One, users have noticed a loss of precision in geolocation, which should be corrected now