An update is waiting for the Nexus Ones users. Even Though it’s not the most desirable of the Android world as it once was, the Google Nexus One is still a pretty respectable phone. This new update version number is 2.3.6 (GRK39F), will apply right over 2.3.4 GRJ22. The soft touch keys aren’t in any way as useable as the mechanical ones on the HTC Desire & the internal memory is wimpy basically it is the same phone but with HTC Sense.
Also we can verify that the 2.3.6 update to Nexus Ones does not seem to hobble the Wi-Fi tethering option that some Nexus S owners experienced when they had updated. We also understand that this update has started hitting unbranded, unlocked Nexus Ones; there is no word yet if it has arrived on Nexuses bought on Vodafone contracts.
As soon as we saw this small update appearing on the notification bar we immediately installed it. It’s not as easy as it seems to be. Also we can’t see any immediate benefits from installing this. Google has not given any official information on this, but we understand that this is mainly a security patch/minor bug fix.
We managed to connect an iPhone 3G to the web via the Wi-Fi tether option with no problem; we’re trying this out on other devices and will let you know if we have any problems.
Android 2.3.6 is rolling out to devices OTA right now. If you did not receive the OTA update then you can also update it manually. We have a Guide here which will help you to install the update manually.
Note: If you’re rooted this may or may not work. If you are running a custom ROM then first download and apply Android 2.3.4 (GRJ22) from here.
Here we have a step by step Guide to install the update manually.
- First download the update from this link (Google official – d323ca384aaa.signed-passion-GRK39F-from-GRJ22.d323ca38.zip).
- To update the .zip rename the file. If you’re using Windows since it’s already a zipped file you just have rename it to “update” (without quotes).
- Copy this updated zip file onto your microSD card.
- Keep your Nexus One off and hold down the trackball and press the power button.
- Select “Bootloader” Once you are booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards.
- Select “Recovery” On the next screen,
- Your phone will be rebooted, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
- Next press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
- Using the trackball this time now choose “Apply sdcard:update.zip” and allow things run their course.
- Once it gets rebooted enjoy!