Dec 22 AT 4:45 PM Taylor Wimberly 26 Comments

Nexus S receives its first OTA update, install it now if you want

The Nexus S has only been out less than a week and Google already pushed out the first software update today. The latest build (GRH78) weighs in at only 1.9 MB and includes some minor bug fixes. Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo fame notes that this new update only makes changes to framework.jar, kernel and Maps.apk. You can patiently wait for it to hit your phone, or find the full instructions to download it after the jump.

To install the latest Nexus S build GRH78, follow these steps:

  • Download the update file from Google’s server:
  • Copy the file to your phone’s internal storage (/sdcard). The Nexus S can flash any file so there is no need to rename it
  • Power off your phone.
  • Hold down the VOLUME UP button and power it back on.
  • Use the volume keys to navigate to recovery and press POWER to select it.
  • When you see the “/!” symbol, hold the POWER button and then press the VOLUME UP button.
  • You should be presented with a menu and one of the options should be “apply update from /sdcard”
  • Find the update file on your sdcard and then press the POWER button to flash it.
  • Wait for the update to complete and then select “reboot system now”

The whole process takes about five minutes and I did not encounter any issues when I flashed it on my phone. If you run into any problems, just leave a comment and we will try to help out.

Update: A tip on Engadget says it appears that the “checkin” trick is actually working to force this update. Just dial *#*#checkin#*#* from the dialer and you should get the update notification.

Via: XDA Developers

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