Nexus One owners, tonight you're getting a nice treat in the form of the incremental Gingerbread update 2.3.4, previously available only to Nexus S owners. To recap, the main feature in this release is the video and audio enabled Google Talk, although since the N1 lacks a front-facing camera, it's not going to be as useful as it was for the Nexus S.

Update: Err, looks like there is no video or audio support in this release at all, according to those of you with Nexus Ones. Why Google didn't just disable the phone's camera and left it a one-way video and two-way audio is beyond me, but at this point you may as well try the Gtalk version that was extracted from the Nexus S for everyone with Gingerbread to play with.

Additionally, the following issues should now be fixed:

  • Battery life: some users let us know that their batteries didn’t seem to be lasting as long; battery life should be improved for these folks.
  • GPS location/navigation: some Nexus One users who noticed location and navigation problems after updating to 2.3.3 should notice improved location accuracy.
  • Installation instructions

    Note: If you don’t have GRI40 (2.3.3) and instead somehow still have FRG83G (2.2.2), then head over here and install GRI40 first, then proceed below.

    To download and apply the update to your Nexus One manually, follow the following steps:

    1. Download the update file GRJ22-from-GRI40 and rename it to update.zip (make sure it’s named update.zip and not update.zip.zip if you’re using Windows and have it set to hide file extensions).
    2. Move the file to your SD card’s root using your favorite method – the easiest way is probably mounting the phone as disk using a USB cable.
    3. Reboot your phone and when it starts booting back up, hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons.
    4. If you see Bootloader, select it.
    5. Select Recovery.
    6. The phone will reboot into recovery but first it’ll show an exclamation point and a triangle. At this point, mash the Power and Volume Up buttons a few times until the recovery screen shows up.
    7. Select Apply sdcard update.zip, which should start the update process.
    8. Reboot and enjoy Android 2.3.4.

    Thanks, Omar!

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    • oli

      Updated successfully, and confirmed new version name in settings, however Gtalk doesn't show video icons in friend list.
      talk version 1.3 on nexus one

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

        So you can't initiate a video chat where you can at least see someone and they can't see you? That'd be an acceptable compromise I would think.

    • SarcasticOne

      um, not wanting to sound rude, but those instructions are wrong for a N1...
      step 3 should be volume down + power, not trackball + power

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

        Actually, I believe Trackball + Power boots into the bootloader. Your shortcut probably boots straight into recovery, but since I don't have an N1, I can't verify it in person. Would you confirm that holding power + trackball works please?


        • Castle Rider

          It's Volume Down + Power button

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

            Can you try to see what happens when you use the trackball + power please? I realize VolDn + Power probably goes directly to recovery.

          • SarcasticOne

            tried power button + trackball, just booted as per normal
            was really worried for a while cause i couldnt get it to do anything... ended up going back to a different website where it says volume down + power button... ive always had to flash through recovery, never done it through bootloader

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

            Alright guys, I've updated the instructions. One can only go this far without a device and with conflicting instructions on the Internet. Thanks for your help :-]

          • SarcasticOne

            cant edit a 2nd time... just got bootloader to work, if i hold down the trackball, THEN turn it on, it works, need to press the trackball BEFORE the nexus logo appears (holding trackball down, then turning on seems to work as well) the power + volume down goes straight to recovery, so you dont need to enter the bootloader etc (gives you the update.zip options etc)

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

            Thanks, that's exactly what I thought. I'll leave it with VolDn and Power, as it's the most relevant method here.

    • tjn

      No video/voice chat for me either. Doesn't look like they've included it for Nexus One.


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

        So not even Voice? Looks like you guys are better off with the version that was hacked out of the Nexus S.

        • tjn

          Doesn't look like it no. I might just me missing something obvious, but I don't think I am.

          Does anyone know what version the Talk app was before the upgrade? It's 1.3 now (in 2.3.4), but I suspect it is unchanged.

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

            Same 1.3 on my EVO running Froyo, so you're right - they didn't update the version at all.

    • vaskess

      Finally! Works like a charm on my N1. Now let's see whether the battery gets any better...

    • noisemonkey

      There does seem to be an icon enable for voice chat in gtalk but I haven't checked to see if it works yet.. I'm using the CM7 RC0 version...

    • lelerizzo

      Updated successfully, even GTalk version is 1.3, but NO video/audio icon!

    • Carl

      Maybe it's me not knowing these things pretty well... Will doing this clear all my data ? Pictures, games, etc ?

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

        No, this is just like applying an OTA that comes from Google - no wiping will occur.

    • Mike

      This manual installation procedure does not work on my phone, which is the AT&T version of the N1.

      Steps 1-5 are OK

      Step 6: there was no exclamation point or triangle. However, the phone did go into recovery.

      Step 7: the recovery screen did not have an "Apply sdcard update.zip" option. However, I selected "Flash zip from sdcard".

      Next Step: I selected "Choose zip from sdcard".

      Next Step: I selected "update.zip".

      Next Step: I pressed the trackball to confirm "Install: update.zip?"

      I saw several messages, ending with:
      "E: No signature (226 files)"
      "E: Verification failed"

      "Zip verification failed!"
      "Zip isn't signed correctly!"
      "Installation aborted"

      Any suggestions?

    • http://travelspal.com Maximovitch

      Does enybody know how to install GRJ22 from image below: PASSIMG_Passion_Google_WWE_3.10.1700.1_GRJ22_release_signed2.zip

    • tray

      rename it to passimg.zip and hold power button down plus volume down button and let the device do its thing

    • jjjia

      Hey guys I am using a N1 but it is still on 2.3.3. Tried to check for software update but it says my software is up to date, tried to install manually but it says something like verification failed and installation aborted. help I want to get 2.3.6, that's why I get nexus 1 since it will do OTA but it doesnt seem to.....