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Feb
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It seems Google has a funny definition of "a few weeks" - the Nexus One has been waiting for an update to Gingerbread for almost three months now - but late or not, the update is finally rolling out.

It isn't just any update, however; it's the recently announced Android 2.3.3, which features API level 10 as well as enhancements to Bluetooth, Graphics, Speech Recognition, and Media APIs (sorry, the Nexus One won't benefit from NFC enhancements as it doesn't have the hardware).

Nexus S users should also be seeing the update, and they'll get an extra treat to go along with it: writing/transmitting NFC capabilities.

The bad news? We're being told the OTA "may take a few weeks to complete," and there are still no download links in sight.

Update: Google has posted the complete changelog, but more importantly, they told both TechCrunch and Engadget that on the Nexus S and "future lead devices" (but not the Nexus One), 2.3.3 will disable Facebook contact syncing. Here's their full statement:

We believe it is very important that users are able to control their data. So in the over-the-air update for Nexus S, we have a small change to how Facebook contacts appear on the device. For Nexus S users who downloaded the Facebook app from Android Market, Facebook contacts will no longer appear to be integrated with the Android Contacts app. Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability. Facebook contact data will continue to appear within the Facebook app. Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data. We are removing the special-case handling of Facebook contacts on Nexus S and future lead devices. We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation -- and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well.

Update 2: Looks like 2.3.3 also adds WebM support. Neato.

Cheers, Ben, anakin78z, and everyone else who sent this in!

Source: Google (Twitter)

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Dan

    I would've been so phsyched for this if I hadn't rooted and started using CM7 Nightlys 6 weeks ago. But it will help the development of the rom for my nexus one so can't complain

    • Scoot

      You and me both.

      Hell, in a few Google weeks (which apparently means 2-3 months) CM7 will have stable builds.

  • Nexuz-Uno

    I send in this tip, and receive no credit? What is this madness?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Sorry about that; updated the post with proper credit.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Technically, we saw the tweet the minute it went out but then got a flood of tips as well. To uplift everyone's spirit, we've given a shoutout to the first 2. :)

        • Nexuz-Uno

          Haha. Thanks, guys! Artem, I saw your email that you were already on it right after I posted my comment. :)

    • wirbly

      Is it really that important?

      • Coldman

        If credit is well deserved, then yeah, it's important and should be given. In this case, it's easy to imagine that this info spread fast via many channels.

  • Ruperto

    I thought this day would never come! Now lets hope the update file gets leaked.. pretty please.

  • z1

    wheres the zip file for N1?

    • Nexuz-Uno

      That's what I'm waiting for too.

  • Tim C

    I hope the Evo gets it. Anyone know for sure ?

    • Coldman

      Nobody ever knows anything for sure with these things.

      • Tim C

        Thanks Bro, that's what I thought

  • Kwest57

    Umm...this all great news but where's FROYO for some of the Galaxy S's?

  • Adil

    Hope the Desire gets it soon....Fingers crossed

  • M

    Nobody commenting on the Facebook change? Hmm.

    How about not bundling the Facebook app with the OS, eh? I want to be able to uninstall that space-wasting mess. I can't even move it to the SD card!

  • Ismail Khan

    ahahahaha few weeks again its not at all rolling out to anyone or else we might had a download from some of the android dogs
    few weeks means more months

  • Ismail Khan

    ahahahaha few weeks again its not at all rolling out to anyone or else we might had a download from some of the android dogs
    few weeks means more months

  • Noel

    Just wish they waited and just pushed out Android 2.4 the revamped Gingerbread, then again i guess it is no Big deal for Google to do this OTAs. We will play around w/ this for a few weeks or montns and they will push out 2.4...even with all the current devices released...the N1 is still a very awesome device. Just wish Google made allowances for more ROM/RAM and a stronger battery. PLEASE FELLOW N1 OWNERS I HAVE A QUEsTION...i can't get the 3D Maps on my N1...is that common to ann N1 devices..i mean those not rooted. I will check here for any responses or what to do besides rooting my device..THANKS

    • Cliff

      I won’t be much help to you other than to tell you that I have a stock N1, have had the 3D maps since they were released, and never had a problem with it. Did you already try the two-finger down drag to make it pan to 3D?

  • trdracer21

    why dont they release updates to everyone!!! FIX THIS GOOGLE

  • NameN1 owner

    This is so f***ing pathetic.
    NONE of these updates has started to roll out yet! NONE!
    STOP LYING TO YOUR CUSTOMERS GOOGLE!

  • Noel

    Cliff thanks..I've tried that numerous times.. even uninstalled and reinstalled maps. Tried it in satellite and non satellite modes..will zoom to the end but no 3D buildings or still reets. All along I thought since the N1 was one of the devices not able to take full advantage of the update..it wasn't capable of doing 3D maps.