Manually Update Your Nexus One to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread (

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Posted in Android on 25 February 2011 1 comment

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Three months ago, Official Google Nexus tweeted that the upcoming Android 2.3 (gingerbread) will be available to Nexus One via OTA in a few weeks time. As usual, when they said “few weeks”, they actually mean few months.

Now Google finally tweeted to confirm that the OTA update has started to roll out to all N1 users. But how long would it take to reach you? If you cannot wait to get gingerbread running on your Nexus One, here’s how to update your phone manually and safely. (Manually updating your phone is same as OTA update, they both use the same update files)

Updating Nexus One to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)

Please check your Android build version. If it is “FRG83G”, follow the steps below.

  • Download the update (zip file) provided by XDA
  • Rename the file to “”. It’s already a zipped file, so rename it to “update” if you had your file extension hidden.
  • Copy the file, paste it into your microSD card.
  • Shut down your Nexus One. When your phone is off, press & hold the trackball then press the power button on top.
  • You’ll now see a white screen with three Android robots. Check your version of HBOOT written at the top. If your version is HBOOT-0.35.0017 like me, you can update your phone without problem
  • Using volume up and down button to navigate, select “Bootloader” by pressing power button
  • Next, select “Recovery” (again, using volume up and down button to navigate and power button to select)
  • Your phone will reboot, you will then see an exclamation mark inside a triangle.
  • Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. Keep trying until you see a menu appears.
  • Using trackball, choose “Apply” and wait for the update to run itself

For me, the overall update took about 10 minutes. Enjoy your Nexus One with Gingerbread!

However, after the update I am having a problem with my LED light. It is not blinking when I have notification in some apps like Handcent. What about you?

P/S: Turn off your screen to see the whole new animation!

I got an error!

If you get the getprop/status 7 error and the phone failed to update, it is actually because you have an old version of Hboot. Most likely your phone’s build version is not FRG83G. This is because the previous OTA update to FRG83G should have updated your HBOOT version to HBOOT-0.35.0017.

If you still want to continue, you can follow the guide to prepare your Nexus One for Gingerbread. Else, you will have to wait for the OTA update to reach your phone.


Posted by Zen on 25 February 2011 • 15,945 visits 1 comment
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