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How To Manually Update Samsung Nexus S To Android 2.3.4

We have confirmation of the Nexus S – Google’s flagship Gingerbread based device – receiving a manual update from Android 2.3.3 to Android 2.3.4. The update brings native video and voice chat in Gtalk which was previously only available to Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet users. So why wait for an OTA when you can install it right away? Read on for instructions on how to install and download the Android 2.3.4 update to your Nexus S.  Earlier we had covered the guide on how to manually install the official Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OS on the Nexus S, but this time the jump to Android 2.3.4 brings in the native video and voice chat feature in Gtalk. The nexus s-2.3.4 update is meant to be applied on a Nexus S running Android 2.3.3 GRI40 or GRI54 firmware, so in case you’re running anything lower than that, you need to upgrade your phone to Android 2.3.3. There are reports that the update has been successful on both the SAMOLED and, SLCD variants of the Nexus S. We tested the update out on our SAMOLED equipped Nexus S and it worked like a charm. So let’s get your Nexus S updated to Android 2.3.4! Please do understand that what you will be installing on your device, is not a firmware, but an update to your existing firmware.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.


  • Nexus S running the stock Android 2.3.3 firmware. See our guide on how to update to stock Android 2.3.3. Make sure it’s not rooted otherwise the update will not flash.
  • Download Android 2.3.4 update for GRI40 | GRI54 (not available anymore).


  1. To begin, simply download the update file depending on your variant from the download links above and rename the file to update.zip (.zip being the extension type).
  2. Now copy the renamed file to the root of your SD card.
  3. Now turn your phone off and restart it by pressing Volume up key + Power button and you should enter the bootloader.
  4. Select Recovery and you should see a triangle with an exclamatory mark inside. Hit the Volume up key + Power button a few times and you should be able to enter recovery mode.
  5. Once in recovery mode, simple select apply sdcard update.zip and the phone should update itself to Android 2.3.4.

Congratulations! If you followed the instructions right, your Nexus S should be running the Android 2.3.4 firmware and video and voice chat via Gtalk is available for you. Let us know how the update worked out for you.



  1. I’ve just done this with a rooted phone and the update worked correctly. After the update, I had to reflash CWM Recovery image and run the su package.

    • Hmm…that’s interesting, cause the installation aborted for us on a rooted but stock 2.3.3 ROM. Thanks for the update, we shall give it a try again.

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