It’s been a few days since Google announced Android 2.3.4 for Nexus S and Nexus One. The new update brings video and voice chat through Google Talk along with a few bug fixes. But, as with all Android updates, the roll out is gradual and it may be sometime before you get it. For those of the impatient ones amongst us with Nexus S phones, here’s a proper guide for you to manually upgrade your phones to Android 2.3.4 ( from Android 2.3.3 ) to try out and enjoy the new video and voice chat functionality. Read on after the break for the full guide.
While rooting Nexus S isn’t that difficult via ADB, it isn’t the easiest thing to do either for the average joe. Luckily, PaulObrien, an Android developer/hacker has created a simple one click SuperBoot which is probably the easiest method to root your Nexus S on Android 2.3.3. It automatically flashes your Nexus S with the boot.img file which roots Android 2.3.3 as well as install SU and SuperUser.
Want MeeGo on your Nexus S? Your wish has been granted. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who has managed to port MeeGo to HTC HD2 and run Ubuntu on Nexus S made this break through earlier. While it’s not in a useable condition, it’s good for those who love tinkering around with their phones.
Here’s what works and what doesn’t so far [via XDA]:
• ADB root shell
• X11 & UI apps
• Super-AMOLED brightness control (fixed! still off-colour tho…)
What doesn’t work currently:
• Anything else :-P
You will need to build a MeeGo rootfs first, in ext2 format. Use my kickstart as a base, it has a few niceties like adb support (i.e. the only way you can interact with it right now). With your image successfully compiled, copy it to linux/rootfs.ext2 on your Nexus S’ internal memory (completely safe, no flashing required).
My boot.img is here – you will need to use fastboot to boot it (fastboot boot nexuss-meego-boot.img), or you can flash it to recovery if you want to dual boot.
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Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has managed to putt off another new hack on Nexus S. This time, he’s managed to get Ubuntu booting on Nexus S although the touchscreen doesn’t work yet due to kernel issues which he hopes to fix with MeeGo stuff.
It sounded bit of an overkill to many when Samsung announced the 1GHz Hummingbird processor for its latest android handset, the Nexus S. Well, the already fastest mobile processor in the market, has been cranked up even further by overclocking at 1.3 GHz. Xda-developers forum member, Morfic has released a kernel that allows the Gingerbread flagship device’s processor to pump out an extra 200 milion clock cycles.
Warning: Rooting/Overclocking your Nexus S may cause unseen damage to your handset. All of this is done at your own risk and we take no responsibility for any damage you inflict upon your precious Nexus S.
However, the hyper fast processing comes at a price. It seems that the overclocked processor disables the phone’s bluetooth capabilities. Though we personally don’t recommend it, but if you still wanna pull this stunt off on your precious Nexus S, knock your self out and follow this link for instructions.
Share your experience with us in the comments section below.
It is still unsure why CPW have made this massive cut and even more importantly if people who have already ordered the Nexus S at £549.99 will be compensated.
We will keep you updated on any news we get on this but in the mean time you can pre order your Nexus S here at Carphonewarehouse.com for £429.99, coming by the end of December.
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A while ago, we had posted on how you can unlock the bootloader of your Nexus S phone. It was only a matter of time that a method to root the phone was made available. Here’s how you can do so via XDA:
First, reboot into your bootloader/fastboot mode. (Volume + Power Up, or adb reboot bootloader)
fastboot oem unlock
Then, install this recovery:
fastboot flash recovery recovery-clockwork-herring.img
Then boot into Clockwork recovery and install the Superuser zip file (adb reboot recovery, or from fastboot choose recovery):
To install a rooted/insecure boot image (adb has root):
fastboot flash boot rootboot.img
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The Nexus S is out and you’ve come here you’re looking to unlock the Nexus S bootloader for some custom ROMs. While there aren’t any out yet so far (the phone hasn’t been out for even a day yet!), there’s already a method available to easily unlock the bootloader on Nexus S.
(Warning: unlocking your bootloader will perform a factory reset)
1. Open command prompt
2. Type adb reboot bootloader
3. Type fastboot oem unlock
4. Use volume keys to select ‘yes, unlock bootloader’
5. Use power button to select option
And you’re good to go. Now just wait for some custom ROM goodness and a method to root your phone as well.
Update: Follow our guide on how to Root Google Nexus S with Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) using SuperBoot
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Today is the day Android fans had been waiting for. The first Android 2.3 Gingerbread loaded phone, Nexus S is now available at Best Buy. Announced on , Nexus S is the second generation phone developed by Google after Nexus One. It is manufactured by Samsung while Nexus One was manufactured by HTC.
The Nexus S is very similar to the Galaxy S line of phones by Samsung and in some cases, even lags behind in terms of features such as display, no HD video recording, no Bluetooth 3.0 or FM radio but it makes up for the lack of these features with the latest Android 2.3 update named Gingerbread as well as an NFC chip. To see a comparison between Samsung Galaxy S and Nexus S, check out our chart.
Gingerbread contains the following new features:
- VoIP support
- Video Calling Support via a front camera
- Better Cut-and-Paste
- NFC integration
- Gyroscope Support for more accurate location data
- New download manager
- A redesigned keyboard with multitouch support
- Integrated task manager
And here are the specifications of Nexus S:
- Packed with a 4-inch WVGA display
- Triband HSPA with AWS support
- 5 megapixel camera
- 16GB on board storage
- 512MB of Ram
- Gyroscope(Also on Galaxy S phones)
- 1GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird processor
- And most of all Android 2.3
The phone will cost $199 for a two year contract with T-Mobile or $529 unlocked.
Are you getting the Nexus S?
It’s that time of the year again when the next flagship Android phone is released, yet again, to dethrone the current contender. Normally, the attraction to upgrade is based on the feature set of the device. But when you look at the Galaxy S and then Nexus S, there aren’t many benefits in upgrading apart from a few features such as NFC, gyroscope and flash. But the major feature in Nexus S is Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread. This is the latest update to Google’s mobile operating system and now that they’ve tied it with a new Google experience device, you can be rest assured that the next OS update will be released on this device first.
Enough of the pros of Nexus S, there are a few things you should know before taking the jump too. It’s highly likely that Galaxy S will be upgraded to Gingerbread because internally, both are basically the same phones at the core. Both Nexus S and Galaxy S are powered by a 1Ghz Hummingbird processor as well as 512MB of RAM. And those who complained about some Android issues with Galaxy S should be excited that Hummingbird optimizations would be there in Gingerbread because the flagship Google phone runs on the very same processor now. Yay!
In terms of hardware, where Nexus S has been introduced with a few new features and some missing from Galaxy S, it is missing out on a few features itself. It doesn’t support 720p video recording ( boo!! what the heck Google?! ), no FM Radio ( again, what??) and the battery life hasn’t improved that much either. Both have a 1500 mAH Lithum Ion battery.
So basically, if you’re using a Galaxy S, you could hold back in hopes of getting Gingerbread for your phone soon which could be a long time. If you have money to burn, go for the Nexus S. Hopefully, you wont be disappointed.
* A slight mistake in the comparison. The talk time for Nexus S is 6.7 hours vs Galaxy S has 6.5 hours on 3G. For 2G, Nexus S provids 14 hours vs. 12.8 hours for Galaxy S. The battery timings for Galaxy S are provided for Android 2.1 although Android 2.2 is available for the said handset.