Android 2.2.1 OS Update Spotted for Nexus One: Installation Instructions Available


Google loves its own Android phone! The Nexus one is getting first crack at Android 2.2.1 OS Update. While the Droid X owners are having a tough time with their Android OS 2.2 patch over at Verizon, the Nexus One people (who never had any problems so far with Android OS 2.2 Froyo) are celebrating a new Android OS mini-upgrade to Android 2.2.1 OS version. The Android 2.2.1 OS Update was released on September 23, 2010 via over-the-air notification.

If you haven’t done so, please check your Nexus One and you will find an OTA patch available for it. The new patch is Build FRG83 which will bring your phone to Android 2.2.1 OS. As per my experience, I only noticed that this update brought with it a new set of Google Applications. Other than this, I found no major changes. If you haven’t received the Android 2.2.1 OS Over The Air patch from your carrier, just do it manually by going to Settings>About Phone, and select System Updates.

Nexus One Photographed with the new Android 2.2.1 OS

The Google Nexus One gets Android 2.2.1 OS Update

Should you still fail to get this patch via your Nexus One, you can still have it using this method:

  1. Download the Android 2.2.1 firmware for the Nexus One http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRG83-from-FRF91.c8847c98.zip
  2. Rename the file update.zip and copy it to your microSD card via USB. [Note: make sure the file is named update.zip and not update.zip.zip.]
  3. Power down your Nexus One
  4. Hold down the “Volume Down” button as you power the phone back on.
  5. A screen should appear showing your phone’s system searching for various files. Scroll down to “recovery” and press the “Power” button.
  6. When you see the triangle with an exclamation point symbol, press the “Power” and “Volume Up” buttons at the same time.
  7. From the menu that appears, select “Apply sdcard:update.zip.”
  8. When the screen displays “Install from sdcard complete” select “reboot system now” and wait for the phone to power back up. (this will take a long time)

The Android 2.2.1 OS Update is available on the Nexus One, Motorola Droid X and other android mobile handsets. However, some were unsuccessful especially in the Motorola Droid X Android OS 2.2 Update.



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  1. Android 2.2.1 Upgrade Rocks!!! says:

    Try the Android 2.2.1 on Google Nexus One. It’s great actually. Although the Android 2.2.1 is somewhat experimental, I’m seeing no problems with it whatsoever for about a week now.

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