My Nexus got a new two part update yesterday. I’m guessing that I wasn’t the only one jumping up and down hoping for Gingerbread (next major Android version) when it arrived but it turned out to be bugfixes and probably some preparations for Ginger.
This morning I awoke to the news of Android 2.2.1. This time around the rumour
mill didn’t catch it before launch but on the other hand…what does it do? I don’t really know since Google hasn’t published any blogpost, changelog or anything.
One thing I do know is that it updates something with the Exchange support (if you have an existing connection you’ll have to accept admin rights for the app that seems to be related to enforcing policies). I don’t have my own exchange server any more so I can’t really try it out and my Google Apps account is yet to show any changes. I’m guessing we will know more later today. No matter what, it’s nice to see Google keeping a high pace with updates for my lovely Nexus!
How to get it, if you don’t have the patience to wait for the Over The Air Update of course (translated from Swedroid):
Get the file (directly from Google) here (note, made for FRF91). Make sure you have at least around 75% battery remaining, you will not be happy if it shuts down during flash!
Change the name of the zipfile to update.zip and put it directly in the root of your phone
Turn off your phone.
Press and hold Volume Down while pressing Power
Choose the option Recovery (using volume keys and power to select)
A screen with a Triangle and an Android will show up
Press Volume Up and Power simultaneously
Choose the option Apply sdcard:update.zip (using your Trackball)
I installed a new Google Chrom Extension a while back called Chrome to Phone. The idea is quite simple, now and then you will be using your computer and realise that you need the information on your desk/laptop screen on your mobile device. Instead of typing it in you send the information to your phone and we’re not talking about just text here. I made a short list on what’s supported:
URL (web address), send it and your phone will automatically open your browser and take you to the same page you had on your desktop
Google Maps links, been planning your travel route with Google Maps and don’t want to redo it on your phone? Send it and it will open in Google Maps
Select plain text and it will be sent to your phones clipboard, ready for pasting in an text message, mail, facebook status or whatever you choose. Just long-press then select paste
Select a phone number and press send, like magic your phone will launch your dialer (default or custom) with the number already populated. Sweet
YouTube links, of course they launch your native YouTube app
As far as I’m aware there is only an Android version, and it requires you to run Android 2.2 (FroYo). On your device you need to install a service to “catch” the information and you have to be logged in with the same Google Account. To stop misuse of course.
Been trying it out now for a while and it will definitely stay installed. It’s cool, it’s simple and actually quite useful. When we have the same implementation for sending music, pictures etcetera I’m guessing that there’s really no reason to connect your phone to your computer via cable any more :)
This is one good morning! I awoke, noticed my Nexus trackball was glowing and decided to check it out.
“System update available”
Now I’m finally running FroYo. Interesting is that I haven’t heard about anyone else going from EPE54B (“AT&T version”) to FroYo but right now I got FRF85B. I’ll post back when I’ve been using it a bit but I snatched some screenshots until then.