Jun 19 AT 3:06 PM Sean Riley 118 Comments

New Android 2.2 update for the Nexus One is available now

Note: This version is now out of date. Please see the new post with download links to FRF83.

If you dutifully followed our instructions last month on how to manually install Froyo on your Nexus One then I have good news; a new update is now available for you direct from Google’s servers for the time being.

This one is specifically designed to take you from the previously leaked FRF50 build to FRF72 so don’t try to run this if you are on something other than the stock FRF50 build.

Don’t expect anything mind blowing as this one is a wee little file and consensus over on XDA, where this originally leaked, is that we are probably basically just looking at some bug fixes (not that bug fixes aren’t appreciated).

No word on whether this will in fact be the build that Google eventually releases to the masses via OTA, but for the time being its the latest and greatest direct from Google so go ahead and follow the directions below to give it a shot.

To manually install Android 2.2 FRF72 on the Nexus One, perform the following steps:

  1. Download the official Android 2.2 firmware for the Nexus One here.
  2. Copy the file to your microSD card and name it update.zip (newb warning: not update.zip.zip)
  3. Power off your phone.
  4. Hold down the VOLUME DOWN button and power it back on.
  5. The phone will now search for files like PB00IMG.zip, etc. This is normal. Scroll down to recovery and press the POWER button.
  6. When you see the “/!” symbol, press the POWER button and the Volume Up button at the same time. You should be presented with a menu and one of the options should be “Apply sdcard:update.zip”.
  7. Use the trackball to navigate to “apply sdcard:update.zip” and select it.
  8. When you see “Install from sdcard complete”, select “reboot system now”.

Word is the first reboot could take a few minutes so don’t panic if things don’t boot up quite as quickly as you are accustomed.

Let us know how the update goes for you and if anything seems to be new and improved we would love to hear about it.

Update: If Swype and/or Google Voice aren’t working after the update you should go ahead and uninstall and reinstall them to get them back up and running.

Here is the list of improvements that people are reporting on FRF72.

  • Power button working properly
  • Improved Flash performance
  • Stock browser speed increase
  • Increased internal storage (~ 50 MB)
  • Improved 3G reception

Thanks to everyone that contributed their experiences with the update.

Finally, as Zacqary Adam Green pointed out in comments, a rooted version is available over on XDA if you are interested in checking that out.

Update: In case you end up here looking for the new FRF83 release then you just need to follow the directions above using this file if you are coming from FRF50 and this file if you are coming from FRF72.

Source: xda-developers

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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