EU gillar inte Android

I slutet på förra veckan så offentliggjorde EU att deras utredning av Google och Android lett till formell anklagelse om konkurrenshämmande verklighet. En liten snabbförklaring av vad och varför då tänkte jag försöka få till här idag.

Android är i grunden Open Source och telefon tillverkare kan gratis bygga ihop en lösning till sina modeller. Men, det finns delar som inte är det, Google Play Services. Här ryms stora delar av allt i din telefon som kommunicerar med Google, till exempel appbutiken. Kruxet som EU har invändningar mot är att Google här utöver ett visst mått av utpressning, vill du komma åt appbutiken behöver du också förinstallera Google Sök samt en del andra appar som Chrome, Maps osv. Det här menar EU i praktiken innebär att om en tillverkare vill släppa en telefon med Android så tvingar Google med sin mjukvara och förvalt sök. Google kommer nu påpeka hur det finns versioner av Android utan men frågan är hur långt det argumentet verkligen räcker, det finns ytterst få exempel på tillverkare som testat den här vägen och ännu färre med någon framgång. Dessutom är det så att det i avtalet med Google också finns en del om att inte OCKSÅ sälja egna Androidversioner. Det här låter faktiskt ganska shady tycker jag, om Samsung vill sälja sin S7 i en Google-edition respektive Clean-edition eller vad de nu kan hitta på tycker jag det känns fair. Sannolikt rätt dumt och dyrt för Samsung samt virrigt för konsumenter som ska försöka navigera vilken telefon de ska köpa men fair. Successivt blir också just sök viktigare för Androidupplevelsen, nu när jag med rösten kan sätta timers och på andra sätt styra telefonen så är det med hjälp av röstsöket om jag inte gravt missuppfattat (konstigare saker har ju i och för sig hänt) så förväntan på att få med Googletjänsterna är sannolikt relativt stora från kunderna.

Svårt, jag är ju på väldigt många sätt för en marknad där kundernas intresse kommer långt fram och där konkurrens stimuleras men samtidigt ser jag det som att anledningen till att det är Googles variant av Android som är dominant är på grund av deras överlägsna tjänster. Google investerar massor av pengar i Android som de sen ger bort gratis, syftet är att få folk att använda deras tjänster. Det är liksom affärsidén. Sen känns det värt att nämna att jag på en Android telefon faktiskt kan byta i princip vilken tjänst som helst, jag behöver inte skicka min epost med GMail appen, jag kan byta chatklient bort från Hangouts, byta webbläsare till Firefox, använda HERE Maps – allting via Googles egen appbutik. En ny appbutik måste jag dock ladda ner någon annanstans, till exempel amazon.com.

Summan av kardemumman tycker jag nog ändå landar i att Android ger mig som kund, men också tillverkarna, större möjligheter till konkurrens än något annat operativ system på marknaden (med Ios som uppenbar jämförelse). Men vissa av villkoren kommer nog Google/Alphabet få skruva på, med rätta.

3D Touch stöd till Android

Det verkar som att Android kommer få stöd för tryckkänsliga skärmar motsvarande Apples 3D Touch. I vanlig ordning har den senaste previewn av Android N blivit grundligt undersökt, inklusive den nya funktionen att kunna ge välja specifika funktioner vid start av en app. Det här finns redan i senaste iOS och Iphone, exempelvis kan du då istället för att bara starta Instagram till ditt flöde välja att direkt gå till att posta ett nytt foto. Sättet att nå den lilla menyn i iOS är att trycka lite hårdare på ikonen.

bland Androidtelefoner finns det bara någon enstaka modell som gör skillnad på hur hårt du trycker men nu bygger Google alltså in stöd för det och vi kan nog vänta oss åtminstone några fler modeller som stödjer funktionen. Jag vet ärligt talat inte om jag tycker det är en så himla bra idé dock. För det första, när inte alla telefoner stödjer det så betyder det att utvecklarna inte kan räkna med att du kan använda det och då får de svårt att bygga in det på ett meningsfullt sätt.. Det finns också något djupt ointuitivt i hela funktionen. Android har sedan länge använt “lång-tryck” på vissa ställen i systemet men det har successivt använts mindre och mindre just för att det är omöjligt att på förhand avgöra vilka objekt du kan interagera med på det sättet. Man får helt enkelt bara prova om något händer vilket är ett mindre lyckat gränssnitt. Jag var rätt skeptisk när det kom till iOS och är inte mindre skeptisk nu. Däremot ser jag en poäng i att som The Verge påpekar, undvika en fragmentering längre fram, om tillverkare istället fått hitta på egna versioner för att få till det kan det göra det ännu värre.

Så det kanske är bästa lösningen ändå. Ett exempel på en funktion du faktiskt kan testa redan nu på Android är i instagram. Öppna valfri rutvy (dina egna bilder till exempel) och håll in över en bild, som då förhandsvisas. I iOS är det här en 3D Touch funktion, än så länge i Android är det lågtryck – oavsett är det hopplöst undangömt.

Windows Phone struggles to convince smartphone users

Same same, but different.

Okay, time to end this short blog series, read the first two pieces here, First Impressions and App-situation on Windows Phone. These posts of course only brushes the surface (pun not intended) of my experience and opinions on Windows Phone and the Nokia 925 but hopefully I’ve managed to explain my general feelings and motives.

Before this first in-depth encounter with Windows Phone I was intrigued, my impression was that Microsoft was trying to go their own way and actually innovate in the mobile area. In general, I still think this is true!

The idea with Live tiles instead of shortcuts, functioning almost as widgets is a good one. The problem is that so few of the apps have interesting tiles; this might partly be a personal preference, because when I think of it, I normally don’t use that many widgets either. Hard to tell, but in the end the one I found most useful was calendar but would have liked to see content on Twitter, Instagram, Newsflashes. I would have liked the tiles to be my Google Now replacement to put it in Android language.

One area where I wish more innovation would have taken place are the Notifications. They use the same basic idea as Android and iPhone, but not at all as efficient. My biggest annoyance is that the same icon is used for…maybe not all but close to, all occasions. That means that I have to unlock and pull down the notification bar to see if the vibration told me about a work email, Gmail message, text, Instagram like etcetera. Extremely annoying! Not only that, there’s only one instance of the icon – no matter if I have 5 texts and 3 emails waiting or just 1 mail. So, when I went through the process of unlocking and checking what activity the envelope represented this time, new notifications will easily be missed because I think there’s nothing new if I’m already ignoring one. It may sound small but yeeeez this has bugged the hell out of me, and made me miss urgent texts.

Biggest problem for Windows Phone however, is still the apps as I focused on in the second post. Just like it used to be for Android, Windows Phone lags behind in number of apps. This was the case for Android and it isn’t any more so the same journey could be predicted for Windows Phone. I see one difference though, when I started using Android I very seldom had any problems finding an app that did what I was looking for in a good or at least decent way (even if it was not the same app as the big hit on iPhone), this is not the case on Windows Phone. I can only guess as to why, but that I struggle to find good mail apps, chat, podcast (found an okay one!), news reader et cetera is simply not acceptable 2014; the quality is even a little lower even for mainstream apps in general, like Spotify.

All in all I like Windows Phone, as a platform it has interesting ideas, the hardware that I used was solid and I had pretty few encounters with crashing apps and similar issues. It’s also worth mentioning how seamless it worked with my work accounts and office360 subscriptions. Some early version annoyances that will be sorted out doesn’t scare me – but before I’m willing to switch I need more and most importantly better apps. Today, there’s not even close to enough selling points to make it worth the sacrifice of better app supply, I mean office run nice on my Androids as well, and my iPhone synced my Exchange e-mail and calendar into better apps.

I’m still intrigued over what Windows Phone might develop into, but I’m not ready to join the journey, at least not yet. Microsoft’s problem then of course is that users everyday commit to an ecosystem, today that will be Android or iOS and getting customers to switch is much harder than winning them to begin with.

Google I/O follow-up

Wasn’t that fun?! :)

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I love the opening of Google I/O, seeing people talking about products they’re proud of is always entertaining. On to the follow-up, how did I do?

Yey! I was right!

A game center, called Play Game Services. Leaderboards, Cloud save along with Multiplayer and Achievements (Multiplayer demo didn’t work out during the keynote though, lack of Internet if I understood correctly). Looking good and very important considering there are at least two gaming consoles coming soon (Ouya and Nvidia Shield).

A new phone, this could be placed in the wrong section as well. I guessed we would get a bigger tablet or a phone, but I also said that it would probably not be a Samsung S4 Google edition. As you know…S4 it is. Interesting move and hard to predict what this could mean for the Android community at large. I’m surprised since I would have guessed that Samsung would want to “cash in” on all the extra features they added to the S4.

New messenger service, called Hangout. Rolling out immediately, replacing talk and Google+ messenger. It looks nice and synchronizes well between devices (been experimenting with N4/N7/Laptop) but why oh why no sms support from the beginning?! It’s probably on it’s way as Google Employee Dori Storbeck accidently outed “..and yes, SMS integration is coming soon…” on G+ (updated later with “Ooops! …we actually have nothing to announce at this time. My apologies.”).

Google Music gets an option for streaming subscription called All Access. Can’t say much more about it, the new Google Music interface is very nice though. Both on my Androids and my laptop (nope, no official Music support in Sweden but come on, I have to have some fun :) the update is a good step forward. Pricing seems reasonable but it’s (I told you so) US only and the range of Swedish music is not good as I hear it.

And correct on the no talk about Nexus Q or new Chromebook hardware (some Chrome OS talk though, and more in the sessions).

Ouch, not even remotely correct

New Android version. Instead of presenting a new version we got updated services, which in my opinion is probably wise. Doesn’t change the fact that I was sure, and as we now know – wrong.

Samsung S4 Google Edition, I was actually very sceptical about this rumour that felt very far fetched. We know better now :)

Somewhat of target

A lot less Glass than expected, especially in the keynote. Sessions are still there though.

No clock this year, which as no one remember was what I said. But I had a maybe in there so…

US only. Everything wasn’t US only (we get Hangouts, Maps update and so on) but still…S4 Google Edition – US only. Music All Access – US Only. Attach money in GMail – US Only. I’ll give myself half a point for my rant being more or less correct.

Cool things not mentioned by me

Things I didn’t mention before or in this post…

Maps update. I use maps quite a bit but wouldn’t consider myself anything other than ordinary user. New update looks nice but I haven’t looked much further than that.

E-mail money with GMail! Sound a bit like that old April fools joke about sending snailmail through GMail but this one is true. Seem to be a very neat solution, albeit US only.

Android studio. New developer environment. I’m no developer so I have just about nothing to add here except that the developers I follow on Twitter that are active on Android seem to think it’s cool. That’s good for them, and what’s good for developers will in the end be good for us users :)

Google+ update. Quite a major update actually. Both with the new Hangouts (beautiful, I can’t stop mentioning that), the streams and photo editing. I especially like the new photo handler. Sorting and so on got a big update, go have a look in your G+->Photos instead of reading about it.

Overall I think I did ok :-)

As a help to my memory and the parts I didn’t watch live I read some of the news over at www.swedroid.se

Last minute speculation, Google I/O

Google I/O logo

Today is the day when speculation turns to answers as Google I/O take place in San Francisco.

But, before the keynote I’d like to do some final brainstorming/speculation/guessing.

What we’ll get:

New Android version. Probably not Key Lime Pie though but a new Jelly Bean version with some fixes and a Game center that will hold international leader boards and possibly cloud saves (how awesome would it be to move seamless between my N7 and my N4? Very that’s how awesome). Also see What we might get.

Some new hardware. Yes I’m quite certain that something will be presented. Exactly what however…an updated Nexus 7? A new big tablet? A phone, possibly made with Motorola that Google bought a year ago? I would place my money on a bigger tablet or possibly a new phone. Not that a high-end 7″ tablet wouldn’t be a cool product but I think they’ll stick with the present config a while longer, an upgrade on an already upgraded device doesn’t give me the Key-note tingles. Or it could be…(see What we might get)

A big load of talk about Glass. And then some more talk about glass, and then some sessions on programming for glass. Google thinks this is the future and they pursue it fiercely. I haven’t looked closer on a pair in real life so I don’t know what to believe, loving the visions though.

What we might get:

They new Android version might hold a new messenger service, possible named Babble. It makes perfect sense and is just the next step combining Google+ Messenger, Talk and the regular text messages. Microsoft is already doing it, Apple did it last year, Blackberry does it and smaller companies like Viber, WhatsApp have been doing it for long. On top of that Facebook does it too, a clean copy+paste+improve on Google+ Messenger but why not? Google only went half-way with G+ messenger then of course Facebook will do it better. Not a matter of If, just a matter of When and I think now is a good time as any.

The update for Android might also hold an update on Google Music, containing a streaming option and not only single song purchases. Not a bad idea but the market is already crowded. What’s the unique selling point, besides being big’ol Google? With Rdio, Spotify, Wimp and so on they won’t lack competition. Still, I like Google Music and the thought of combining single song/album purchases with the opportunity to enable all-you can eat streaming for an evening (think party-mode) is intriguing.

Google Clock. 2013 is rumoured to be year of the smart watches with Pebble already out in the open (getting mixed reviews) and about every other smartphone manufacturer either openly or rumoured to be developing their own it’s hard to say otherwise. But will Google present one already? I don’t think so, but it’s not impossible at all. Supposedly there have already been showcases of a watch with functionality resembling Glass but requiring an Android. My feeling is that this is not a device segment that Google will take the lead into but rather wait a year and see if the users is at all interested.  (You can also read my review on semi-smart watch “Mutewatch” here)

What we probably won’t get

Of course there are a lot of things we won’t get but out of the rumour mill and into the rumour bin I think we can throw…

Updated Nexus Q. True, Google believed in the idea only last year. They do want to be a bigger part of our homelife (think Youtube’s new subscribe service) and the Q would be a logic part of this. But. The Q was way to expensive and lacking to much functionality and after last years fail…nope I can’t see them reviving that name. The core functionality could however be turned into something regarding Google TV or the not very used concept Android@Home.

Bold new Chromebooks. The Pixel is still new and the market is maturing quickly enough for Google to let it expand on itself through different manufacturers.

Samsung S4 Google Edition. Once again, not impossible but I think Samsung would prefer to have only their flavour at this time rather than giving the customer the option of a “clean” vanilla Android Experience.

<rant>Oh and the final sad prediction. Absolutely nothing presented will be available in Sweden. Not initially at least. I still can’t buy songs with Google Play (connected to Google Music), or Books or Magazines. What do I care if another subscription service is launched for music that is US only? Well, I do. Because it can lead to less revenue for the companies that think outside one continent and less revenue will in the long run lead to less content. Less content will instead in the long run lead to more piracy and tadaa, back to square one. Legislation should be a support for companies and customers alike. Not a hindrance. </rant>

Time will tell!

Weird citing sources on rumours but still, I get most of my Android news from Twitter which tend to get broader than just som 3-4 news sites that I can keep up with. Some of them: Swedroid, The Verge, Gizmodo, TechCrunch. You know the type :)

Google releases new app – Keep

Yesterday evening Google released a new app they call Keep. We could almost call it two since it comes with a web interface for desktop as well.

According to the presentation Keep aim to replace the post its on your desk, screen, fridge and so on. Quick note taking, ability to dictate and save pictures complete with a lock screen widget. Not bad! But hardly the first version of it either. I’m guessing that the question is whether or not they manage to attract user from other services like Evernote or Catch.
Keep is simple and beautiful (imho) with a lot of nice colour :-)

It does however lack a lot of the more advanced features of e.g. Evernote. You can’t share natively (and obviously not collaborate) a note, instead you use the built in Android sharing. This works, but when something is shared the information is taken out of the app/service. You can also use it as a task manager with check boxes but it will not sync with Google Tasks.

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Overall I feel like it should be considered part of Drive but with it’s own app, a way for Google to broaden the possible ways to attract new users.

It’s a nice app but at this time I’m surprised that it’s not more tightly integrated with the rest of Google services. A reminder will often need an alarm, but no connection to neither Google Calendar or Android alarm (and no alarm of its own unless I’m blind). The lack of integration with Tasks also bugs me a bit. I can’t see any reason for both to exist so likely we will see an end of Tasks but that means (I hope!) adding Keep to Gmail, and changes to the almighty webmail service is not taken lightly in Mountain View. On the other hand that’s what I thought about G+ messenger and Talk as well, instead they’ve added a third chat in Drive :-) We’ll see if the rumours of “Babbel” holds any truth…not one day too early if you ask me!

Note that there is no official Tasks app today despite broad usage, instead people have  turned to 3rd party apps like Astrid, GTasks or my personal favourite Any.Do. Interesting that Google now adds tasks to another app instead which allows them to somewhat change their previous deciscion to just go for a webbapp.

Another thing that doesn’t matter to me but will surely annoy some people is that it choose language based on phone language, this is a neat default setting but I should be able to change it. Simple setting and everyone is better of with it. Many users have a need of different languages in different apps.

Official app, of course there will be a lot of users. It’s good at what it does and looks sleek and Googly but at the moment I don’t see much more than potential.

My new companion: Nexus7

If you’ve read my posts a month or so back, you’ll notice that I’ve been on the lookout for a tablet for a while. I decided to wait until Google I/O before deciding and suddenly I have 3 Nexus devices at home. Unfortunately it’s not released in Sweden yet but thanks to an awesome friend in the US that was solved with just some additional shipping charges.

Nexus 7 ships with the brand new Android 4.1 also known as Jelly Bean. All in all I’m very satisfied and will try to give you a quick write-up on why. This is my first tablet so this will be both, why do you (well, I) need a tablet and why I think the N7 is a good option.

When the iPad was introduced a lot of market analysts was, should we say sceptical? “Who will ever use that thing”, “Tried already by other companies, didn’t work” and so on was the verdict. Personally I was a bit more optimistic. I started using “handheld computers” at my first job. A glorious Palm m500 was replaced by a Tungsten that later became a TX. I used the calendar (not with a lot of meetings though, I was a technician after all), started reading books in PDF and played som games. Some e-mails was written but not many. After moving on with smartphones I had no trouble answering the question “Who will ever use a tablet/pad (or one of the many names)”. I will! I was however not that sure about the price Apple asked for it, and I wasn’t sure if enough “normal” users would like to use it, normal as in less geeky than I.

Fast forward a couple of years. I never got an iPad, I didn’t buy into the Apple ecosystem and considered it slightly expensive while at the same time the screen on my phone kept groving. Now that I got a tablet I regret waiting so long so here is why you should get a tablet if you have the possibility:

  1. Reading e-books is cheaper, easier and by far cooler than regular books :)
  2. Playing games are fun, and much more so on a bigger screen. Just played through classic RTS “Z Origins” and loved every minute (except when my grunts were mocking me for loosing).
  3. Reading news and articles on a tablet is awesome. Some papers and magazines has their own apps, others are adjusted and available via one of the many apps for magazine reading like “Zinio Magazine Reader“. If your favourite news site haven’t made any mobile version several apps does a great adjustment job for you. Right now I’m trying to decide which one to use and run three different ones on and of: “Flipboard“, “Pulse” and “Google Currents“. Favourite right now is Pulse but they all have their pros and cons.
  4. Blogging, mail and just about any writing at all is much much easier on the pad than on a smartphone. It’s not as smooth as on a laptop, but I seldom pick up my computer on the metro. With a nice sync-app everything is of course available on all your devices (Google Drive, Evernote and so on and so on, trying them out as well).
  5. Control other devices, in my case I use it as a remote for my Mac Mini connected to my TV. Get one with infrared port and you can control basically every piece of your TV/home theater setup.

There you go. Now we move on to why Nexus7 is a good choice. This is of course much harder for me to answer since I’ve only owned this tablet but..I’ll give it a try anyway and you just remember my limited experience with other tablets :-)

  1. It’s fast, really fast. I’ve been testing out both a Xoom and a Samsung tab before and this is way smoother (granted, it’s released much later).
  2. You get a whole lot of bang for your buck because the Nexus 7 is cheap, no really, it’s cheap. Starting at $199, compared to the new iPad $499 (yes, the iPad have features the N7 lacks, more on that later) Samsung Tab 2 7″ starts somewhere around $250-299. Finding USD prices from a Swedish IP is always a hassle :)
  3. I absolutely love the form factor. 7″ is perfect for me. As long as I carry a bag (90-95% of the times I leave home) I got it with me. A larger more expensive tablet might be left at home more often. Holding it with one hand is comfortable, not just for a couple of minutes. That’s great if you’re using it for reading. I need to be able to stand up on the metro, hold on to the rail with one hand and still read, like I can with a paperback without trouble. Big enough to be a huge leap in usability compared to my Galaxy Nexus but small enough to be carried and used all the time, to sum it up. The material on the back deserves a mention as well, smooth and rubbery without being sticky, very well chosen by the designers!

    One handed news! Here using Flipboard in portrait mode.
  4. Customization, this goes for all Android tabs. I will probably use my tab a bit different than you so why would we like them to look the same? Of course, you could just let it be and it will work just fine but the ability to change keyboard and features is a core feature for me. That includes widgets which are great on Android phones but is really awesome on a tablet.
  5. As a Nexus device it comes loaded with the latest Android version, the already mentioned Jelly Bean 4.1. It will also be updated directly from Google hopefully quick and easy :)

But… The Nexus7 isn’t perfect of course. If these are deal breakers for you, keep on looking.

  1. If you have an iPhone already, you have to consider the ecosystem factor. Syncing between devices, already bought apps etcetera.
  2. Films likes big screens. If you plan to watch a lot of video you might want to consider a bigger device.
  3. In order to keep the low price on the Nexus Asus and Google removed some common features. There is no 3G/4G/LTE version, you get Wifi and that’s it. There are no camera on the back, just the front facing one. Like all devices I’ve tried the front camera is aimed towards video chat and similar, not snapping good pictures. They also left out the ability to add memory through external card. An unfortunate trend that we see among phones as well.
  4. I would’ve loved an infra red sensor to get rid of my three remotes (sound, TV and IPTV Set Top box), just like the Sony Tab S and the just announced Samsung tab 10.1 has.

A bit longer than I intended, even though most of the post was written on the Nexus itself. That’s how nice typing on it is :-)

Make your Galaxy Nexus yakjuxw to a yakju

imageI might translate it later but so far this is only for Swedish readers who are still waiting for their Jelly Bean update (the forumpost linked in the bottom are in Swedish). Chances are that your phone has the build “yakjuxw” that will get the update later. Have no fear, transforming it to the international “yakju” is quite simple.

Just follow the instructions from the link and get ready for Jelly Bean: http://www.swedroid.se/forum/showthread.php?t=60862

Spotify for Android preview

I rarely do app reviews, there are many other sites that does this all the time with nice comparisons and all. But, I’ll do one today since this soon-to-be update is such a leap forward.

If you’re a Spotify premium user you can get a preview of the coming app for Android, and I really recommend that you do. I’ve been having some serious issues with the “stable” version and app: just shuts down after login, playback stopping suddenly (my iPhone version does the same now and then by the way). Not every time but often enough to be annoying. That’s why I jumped on the opportunity to try the brand new before it being released on Google Play.

I absolutely love it. Except from working properly and being way faster there are a lot of nice details. So here comes a few!

Grouping of offline and online playlists, on my mobile device I’m less keen to stream so nine times out of ten I want the offline playlist – they should of course then be on top. Simple but lovely. Here’s the playlist view.

Nicely grouped playlist view

The menu is collapsible from the left (just like some social network app you’d recognize, hmm…). Works nice and quick, much quicker then the official app from mentioned social network :)
They added some social sections here that works quite well and the app actually made me aware of a new album that I missed.

Collapsible menu

Without knowing for sure, search must be improved. So much smoother and faster than before, with suggestions and a result view that makes perfect sense, at least to me. From there it’s a breeze to add your result to a new playlist. For some reason I can’t seem to find how to add anything to an existing playlist, hopefully they just forgot it in this preview because anything else would be plain weird :)

Where’s my add to…option?

Last but not least, the actual player looks better, never had any issues with the old one but this is more modern and fits into the Android 4.xx interface perfectly. It also has some smart shortcuts directly to artist, album, share and so on that I haven’t noticed before.

Neat shortcuts!

There are some issues, after all it’s not released yet. Besides the missing add to any playlist function I had one major crash requiring me to restart (when subscribing to a playlist while listening, haven’t been able to reproduce), it also seems to forget my settings for shuffle/repeat at almost every launch. There are certainly other things as well but I haven’t found them yet. Still, as I stated above: this is a huge leap forward!

Get your own copy here: http://www.spotify.com/se/download/previews/

By the way, album that shows inmost of the pictures, Linn Öberg – Parades, is so good that it requires a link of its own: http://open.spotify.com/album/5MpFqBFTUAj0Njdg2J1dcD

 

 

 

 

 

Update your Nexus with Gingerbread

It’s time, took longer than I expected but now we have a link to get the GB update. So if you don’t have the patience, this is what you have to do to get Gingerbread up and running:

Get the file (directly from Google) here (note, made for FRG83G). Make sure you have at least around 75% battery remaining, you don’t want it shutting down during flash!

  1. Change the name of the zipfile to update.zip and put it directly in the root of your phone
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Press and hold Volume Down while pressing Power
  4. Choose the option Recovery (using volume keys and power to select)
  5. A screen with a Triangle and an Android will show up
  6. Press Volume Up and Power simultaneously
  7. Choose the option Apply sdcard:update.zip (using your Trackball)
  8. When its done, select Reboot

Welcome to a new updated version of Android :)

If you have a Nexus S it’s almost the same. Get one of these files:

If you’re running Android 2.3.1

If you’re running Android 2.3.2

On Nexus S you don’t have to rename the file, and you push [Volume Up] instead of down to boot into recovery.