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’s Andy Rubin showed off the new Google Maps for Mobile 5 running on his Motorola Honeycomb tablet and said it would be coming to the Android Market in a matter of days, but we have yet to see the upgrade roll out yet. The brief demo we saw showed off the 3D maps and new gesture controls, but Google also uploaded a couple of high quality videos to detail all the new features. Check out the demos after the jump.
We still don’t know exactly what devices will support the update, but it is expected to run on most phones that are currently on Android 2.2. My guess is the new Google Maps 5 should be available to download around December 16th when the Nexus S launches.
Many Nexus One owners are debating if the Nexus S is a worthy upgrade and deserving of their money, but how does a free unit sound? In addition to the new Nexus S website, Google also created pages on Facebook and Twitter where they will be giving away free devices to promote its big launch.
A recent tweet on the official @googlenexus account alerted followers that Google was giving out free Nexus S phones and they would “release a series of puzzles starting tomorrow at 9am PST”. We don’t know how many phones they are giving away, but the full details are coming in the morning so be sure to follow them.
UPDATE: ANDROID AND ME will be giving away a free Nexus S in the spirit of Christmas. Look for more details on Wednesday.
UPDATE: Nexus S: No microSD Card Slot, Samsung not the NFC Chip Provider, Best Buy Landing Page Live
It’s easy to get excited and overjoyed with all of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Nexus S news going out today, but we don’t want to flood our front page with it all. (And I’m sure you won’t want to see it all day, as well.) Here are but a few of the stories that have formed over the past hour regarding the Nexus S. Some as small as Best Buy’s landing site going live – something we figured would happen considering they’re an exclusive retailer in the states – and some as big as the confirmation that the phone won’t have a microSD card slot to expand storage.
In our list of things users and developers should know about the SDK, one of the changes highlighted talked about getting rid of the need for phones without a microSD card slot. “Ok that’s cool,” we thought as we imagined there would be scenarios where people couldn’t use microSD cards or they were quite fine with however much internal storage they have. But Google and Samsung really just needed a way to treat the 16GB of storage inside the Nexus S as an external microSD card because the phone sadly doesn’t support a REAL external microSD card slot. 16GB – while plentiful for some – just won’t cut it for others.
The beauty of having phones with expandable storage was the prospect of having as much as 32-48GB of storage for all of your pictures, music, videos, and whatever else you can think to cram into it. Sadly, this will not be the case if you opt for the Nexus S. That’s a big factor to consider when you’re at the point of sale December 16th.
Finally, through NXP’s announcement that the Nexus S features their NFC chip, we’ve ruled out Samsung supplying their own chip that they have produced (but have yet to mass produce.) It would have made a lot of sense for Samsung to be the vendor considering they manufacture the Nexus S, but it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day: it all does the same thing.
VIA | Phandroid
The rumor has it that NEW Nexus S might be headed to VZW. We aren’t sure yet but this is what we have so far on the Nexus S + Verizon 4G rumor:
I usually try not to get too excited about rumors, but as a Verizon customer who is eagerly awaiting my first 4G device, this is one rumor I can get behind. While digging through the Nexus S contest rules, AndroidGuys uncovered this little tidbit of information that could be an indication of a future CDMA version of the Nexus S:
The currently available Nexus S is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.
Note the “currently available” part. Furthermore, @samfirmware tweeted the following, which gives this story a bit more weight behind it:
Latest news from Samsung insider its better to wait to buy this Nexus S. February!!!
Obviously Verizon and LTE is nowhere to be found in that statement, but the tweet coupled with the statement in the contest rules is recipe enough for a juicy Verizon 4G Nexus S rumor. Perhaps my judgement is clouded by pure hopefulness, so we would love to hear from you! Do you think there’s any real weight behind this rumor? Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.
“Currently available” lends us to believe that their are other options on the way, right? Or am I just drinking some weird Kool-aid? Would you ditch your device and use an upgrade on the Nexus S even if a 4G LTE device was just around the corner?
Update: SamFirmware tweeted that their insiders have mentioned that the Nexus S might be more appealing come February. 4G LTE Verizon version maybe? (Cheers Andrew53517!)
Update 2: We hit up SamFirmware looking for clarification and they gave us some. It will not be a Verizon Nexus S in February and will likely be something even better from Samsung…
So, something better? Now we’re really interested in knowing what it is. I guess only time will tell…