Got a Nexus One or Nexus S and waiting for an OTA update to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread but running out of patience? Well, fret not because we can help you install Android 2.3.3 manually and beat Google to it, and that too in just a few simple steps.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
Please note that the installation steps are the same for both the Nexus S and the Nexus One.
- Official Android 2.3.3 update: Download for Nexus S | Download for Nexus One
- The phone should already be running Android 2.2.2.
- After you have downloaded the official update, rename the file to update.zip.
- Copy update.zip to the root of your SD card (not in any folder there).
- Power of your device.
- Now enter recovery mode: keep the trackball pressed, followed by pressing the power button.
- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery.
- Now you will see the image of an exclamatory mark on the screen. Press the volume up and power button (incase of Nexus S) or the trackball (incase of Nexus One) at the same time.
- After completing step 6, you’d be presented with Android’s Recovery menu. Navigate to, ‘Apply sdcard:update.zip’ and select it using the trackball in case of Nexus One and Power button in case of Nexus S.
- Now sit back and let the device update itself. Once done, select the ‘reboot system now’ option.
Congratulations! Your Nexus One is now running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread! Let us know how the experience was.