Jan 19 AT 8:34 PM Taylor Wimberly 62 Comments

Android 2.3 update for Google’s Nexus One “should be starting soon” [maybe]

Most people who own a Nexus One assumed they would have Android 2.3 running on their phone by now. Google employees began tweeting back in December that an over-the-air(OTA) update should arrive in the coming weeks and the official @GoogleNexus account also tweeted that message as recent as January 4th.

When Google released the source code for Android 2.2, an OTA update for the Nexus One was available just six days later. The source code for Android 2.3 was released on December 17th and now a month later people are still patiently waiting.

Now JR Raphael of Computerwold reports that a Google representative told him “there have been no unexpected hurdles and that the rollout should be starting soon.” I just checked our vault and this is the fourth story we have run that says the Nexus One 2.3 update is “coming soon” so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting.

Even though Google claims there have been no unexpected hurdles, I have to wonder if the random reboot bug found in the Nexus S could be the source of the delay. The Nexus S is the only device that is currently shipping with Android 2.3 and comments from Google suggest that the bug is software based and will be fixed with a future OTA update.

Hopefully Nexus One owners should not have to wait that much longer. There are quite a few custom Android 2.3 ROMs already available, but I know many people just want the stock build from Google.

How much longer do you think it will be before Google pushes out the official 2.3 update?

Source: Computerworld

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  • http://Website Wasim

    The wait is killing me….ugh!

  • http://Website dagamer34

    Geez, if it takes Google a month to release firmware for it’s own phones, then I have little hope for other manufacturers. Then again, it sounds like the designed Android 2.3 specifically for the Nexus S and had to port it over to the Nexus One.

  • http://Website 2C

    I’ve got both a Nexus One & G2. I’m waiting for the OTA for both. Would be nice if they come out before the end of the month but I’m not holding my breath. Seems like Google is trying to keep the main draw for the Nexus S exclusive as long as they can.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      It sounds possible. I have said that Samsung had an exclusive window on Android 2.3, but I have been unable to confirm this.

      • http://Website Usman

        The irony is that having an “exclusive” on 2.3 doesn’t make up for common, and in some cases inferior, hardware. Someone should have explained that to Samsung… I had $600 in hand for the Nexus S… but Gingerbread isn’t enough to make me buy it with those hardware specs, lol…

        • http://Website Bharath

          I remember that the “leaked” Gingerbread Screen -off animation was from Nexus One.

          It looked to me as though Android developers at Google DID use some build of 2.3 on Nexus One for development/Testing.

      • kungpaodragon

        If that is true then Samsung is stupid. That would only make sense (to me..) if Nexus S has to compete with other Google experience phones. So by claiming an exclusive window of being the only available phone with Gingerbread would give Nexus S an early start. But there are really only Nexus One and G2 that would / could get Gingerbread as early as Nexus S. And Nexus One is already discontinued while G2, in a way, appeals to a quite specific group of users (physical keyboard). If I was Samsung, I would like to see Gingerbread appearing on these other devices as a way to advertise for Gingerbread Android. So if one wants and one can’t get Nexus One, nor does one want a physical keyboard, the only choice left is basically Nexus S. Anyway, off subject. :)

      • http://Website teleknEsis

        While I do understand why having Gingerbread be exclusive to the Nexus S for at least a short while is important for sales, doesn’t this pretty much go against the idea of having a “Nexus” device? Maybe I read too much into it, but I was under the impression that all Nexus devices would be updated around the same time. This business model, however, seems to suggest that only the newest Nexus devices will have the most recent software and the others will be updated once Google gets around to it (or their exclusivity deals dry up).

        I for one feel kinda duped and if it wasn’t for CM7 and the dev community I’d be pretty upset. Definitely has me reconsidering whether I will continue to buy into the Nexus line. Right now it’s looking like my next phone will be the Optimus 2x unless a Tegra2 HSPA+ device is announced in the next month or so.

  • Snafu77

    I wonder if Google made a contractual agreement with Samsung to have the Nexus S be the only phone with Gingerbread for a certain period of time.

    I’m not too thrilled with waiting this long for it. I’m about to start checking how buggy the latest CM7 releases are on the N1. I will probably keep my Nexus One for a long time now and be like those G1 guys. No way I’m buying a Samsuck Nexus and now I feel as though it’s a choice between which device unlocks/roots with the least amount of bugs. I probably have to put the iPhone on that list too. All the optimism that I had last year with Nexus One is evaporating with the current market. Being nickle and dimed for stock functionality by carriers, updates few and far between, hardware inferiority before you finish taking your device out of the box?

    • http://Website labrat

      The current CM7 is very good. The only real issue is some funkiness with the dialer from time to time. It is also missing some of the goodies from CM6.1.1/6.2 whatever the latest was.

      That being said, looking forward for the OTA, it should contain some updated drivers as well as an update Radio which should help the overall performance and stability of 2.3 on the N1.

      I still think this is within reasonable delays and I am happy we saw the release AOSP before the OTA for the N1!

      • Snafu77

        Thanks for that info on CM7. I’m not really angry about the delays just a little bothered that Gingerbread was released and I don’t have it on my Nexus One dev phone yet. By comparison to how often other phones update I probably should be giddy about them saying it will happen at all.

        I just started getting ready to throw CM on my phone again because of ghost calling and some other bugginess in my stock N1. I really rather wait for OTA updates because I’m tired of bleeding edge tech unless it is in the form of a Nook Color or N1. Using CM is kinda like using unstable Linux releases, I always got em working nicely but sometimes the level of troubleshooting is not something I have time for. I was reading that the camera wasn’t working on the N1 with CM7. Is yours?

        • http://Website Jorgen

          Photos works, but video does not. Other than that CM7#8 works great on my N1. The UI changes are really slick. Using ROM Manager ($), I did a full data wipe on installing the first nightly but from then just back up when moving to a new nightly (again super easy with Rom Manager).

          • http://Website Jorgen

            Ah, so my Nexus One is now on Android 2.3.1 – CM7 #9. FYI, video no longer crashes. :)

    • ayocuz

      I’m running cm7 nightlies on my nexus one and I highly recommend using this rom. You won’t even care about an official update because cyanogen’s version will be better than google’s anyways

  • http://Website JoshL

    I love Android and I defend it often to family and friends. But if Google takes over a month to send an update to it’s own phone, then there are a few issues with this system.

    Possible solution: put together a bigger team to get this stuff done faster. Just a thought, don’t kill me.

  • http://Website Noriega713

    Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!! First the Nexus One then the G2…Right?(I have a G2).

  • http://Website Nate

    Anyone who has a Nexus One and hasn’t put a custom ROM on it wasted their money. If you want to wait around for an OTA to be sent out you might as well take the carrier subsidy.

    • http://Website Vlad

      Some of us bought the N1 because it was the best Android phone at the time and for faster updates. Please explain how this is a waste of money. Just because some people like loading custom ROMs, doesn’t mean you should assume everyone does.

    • http://Website Levi

      Google gets as long as it takes for the bakers to bake a relatively stable custom rom on the N1. After that I am rooting. I was hesitant to do so as it is still under warranty. But this month ling was is ridiculous. What does this say about prospects for the next version when they have to worry about a tablet or two, the Nexus S and whatever else first. It would actually make me feel better if they came out and said that we intended to release right after the Christmas sales were over, but we ran into a bug and it took longer to fix.

      Actually, if trends continue I am switching back to the iPhone 5. At least I can set that phone to ring in the headset when set on silent-vibrate and listening to music/podcast (not to mention being able to pick up with the button under these conditions). Google has been delivering ridiculous user experience coming from the iPhone. With 2.1 I couldn’t even set the phone to silent vibrate without having to install an app.

      But there are things I still like about the N1 (like it is not locked down, can go from country to country without it costing an arm and a leg).

  • http://Website Kimberly

    This is crazy making us Nexus One owners wait this long! Freaking Samsung Nexus S gets it installed isn’t right, especially when their other phones doing when have froyo!

  • https://about.me/xbennet Bennet Manuel

    The wait is killing me

  • zYk

    It’s odd that you say that. When I got my G1back when they first came out and custom roms started to pop up everywhere I started to test out each one. I was so excited to see the new features and exploits with them.

    Now with my N1 (I had 2 G1′s then my N1) I have never even bothered. Just weird that now I rather wait for the official build and I do not even look into any of the new custom roms.

    Maybe I just got burnt out on them with my G1

    O well I am excited to see 2.3 head to over to N1′s soon but I am in no rush as I was back in December.

  • http://Website Dev1359

    Wow, the Nexus still hasn’t gotten it? Thank god for Cyanogen 7, Gingerbread on my MyTouch 4G has been amazing. I’ve had this phone for nearly 3 months and it feels like I have a brand new phone right now.

  • http://Website Scott

    While I would like to see improvement in battery life, I don’t care all that much about most of the new features I’ve seen in the core OS. Support for video calls? Don’t have a front facing camera. NFC? N1 doesn’t have the chip. Keyboard improvements? I’ll probably still stick with SwiftKey.

    I have the updated maps, voice search, market, gmail, etc via updates from the market. Is there a killer feature that I’m missing?

    • http://Website Levi

      Personally I am looking forward to the VOIP integration. I travel a lot and having both my local (EU) number in there along with my google voice + Gizmo5 via SIP would be nice. Not sure if I can make this happen. We’ll have to play with it when it arrives. But it is not a big deal for most people.

      I would like to see some basic user experience streamlining. See my comment above.

  • http://Website Josh

    I almost forgot about the update, it’s been so long. I guess Google spoiled us with the 2.2 update coming out when it did. Now I’m waiting for my Tegra 2 tablet, forget 2.3 I’m thinking about 3.0!

  • http://Website ³

    does it reboot????

  • http://Website Tonya Harding

    Samsung CEO: “The update should be starting soon”

    *CHUCKLES :D *

    • http://Website Levi

      They updated. Released the Nexus S. When was this said? :)

  • http://Website Sebastian

    Been running CyanogenMod 7 nightly build for the past couple of days on my nexus one. It is stable and runs great. Not going back to stock anytime soon. Google is just taking to much time to deliver the software for its own phone. Plus CM7 has a lot more features.

    • Snafu77

      Does your camera work? Tell me about the bugs, I know they are there. I had to dump CM6 because it was just too friggin buggy and especially when docked and since I have 2 docks that made it hell. Now I’m getting lag and ghost calling on my stock rom and I’m trying not to look for the front door.

  • http://www.payslipsample.org Payslip

    Samsung Galaxy S owners have waited for six months for an Android 2.2 update, so we can definitely wait for couple of weeks for Google’s Android 2.3 update.

  • http://Website wallingsworth

    don’t want 2.3 got MIUI.

  • http://Website dalingrin

    From reading the comments it seems people have forgotten that Google develops their OS on a specific handset. For Gingerbread that was the Nexus S instead of the Nexus One. So, of course it will take longer for the Nexus One to get the upgrade than it has in the past. No need for conspiracy theories.

  • http://Website soronk

    you should really try custom roms! some of them are awesome! they serve everybodys specials needs :-) and if the 2.3 for nexus one is here, everything good about it, will be implemented into the custom roms too…

  • http://Website darkmonday

    First of all the Nexus S is better than any phone currently on the market. I had the Nexus one and now the Nexus S and there is no big difference between Android 2.2 and 2.3 so why the desire. I’m waiting for the real update that will do more than make a few cosmetic changes

    • http://Website N1_user

      “First of all the Nexus S is better than any phone currently on the market, for me.”

      there, fixed it for you. Made by Samsung, no trackball and no sdcard = no Nexus S for me. However, to each their own. I’ll keep using MicroMod’s v.20 Gingerbread port/build from AOSP

  • http://Website Russ

    2.3 was developed on the Nexus One, there pictures/videos of it before anyone had heard or the Nexus S.

  • http://Website lolobabes

    i flashed CM7 about 2 weeks ago, screen animation is cool…. am a google fun but sometimes google tends to prematurely announce their stuff.. few weeks to them means a month or two in real life….

  • http://Website DJ

    Let see. What google is doing on Managing Android OS. It is very disappointing situation to get Android updates on Android device. We all love google.. Google must to control OS update to devices.

  • http://Website Jim

    Meh, dunno what everyone is crying over. It’s not like this is a FroYo release which brought significant improvement to Nexus One.

    And it’s only been a month since the Nexus S was released with it. If they have it before end of February I think that’s good enough. 2 months wait… no biggie. Certainly not like waiting for the likes of Samsung & Sony to release updates!

  • http://Website Tim

    Still waiting for mine. Not gonna go for the ROMS. That’s just me. I waited for 2.2 and it was well worth it.

    • http://www.thephoneguyusa.com Uhriaha

      I am right there with you! I have only rooted to take advantage of setcpu and titanium back up. I will be on stock 2.2.1 until 2.3 hits!

  • http://Website FunkFroyo

    Never mind Gingerbread. When are Google going to fix the SMS bug that they’ve known about since September. If that fault was affecting the iPhone it would be front page news and fixed within a week. Swype and Navigation are the only things stopping me from giving that black turtle neck wearing fruit loop £500.

  • http://Website Keith

    We wil not be seeing a Gingerbread update until Nexus S owners receive an OTA fix for their phones. The issue with the Nexus S hasn’t even been confirmed to be a software issue. I suspect it’s actually a hardware issue, as the problem is not consistent amongst all users of the device.

    I think we’re looking at another couple weeks until 2.3 is officially OTA.

    • http://Website Anthony

      @Keith good point and I agreed with you about the hardware thing I’m not sure any longer.
      I have both the N1 and NS
      the NS ran fine for a while then started with dropped calls and slow browsing. I was flabbergasted. Samsung support was a joke T-Mobile though not their phone tried to help. I was told that I was over my 5g (unlimited data Usage. Chuckle)
      I installed anycut and realized at times when I had problems the phone info showed (IP address not reachable then after a period of time it showed pass)
      I tried my N1 no issues. I was told by T-Mobile my speed will be throttled till the 20 th of Jan.
      I haven’t seen any issues since.
      I wonder if the throttling had an effect since then I haven’t seen that IP not reachable after the 20th .
      I am back to no dropped calls and its flying on the internet.
      hardware, software or perhaps carrier.
      perhaps someone smarter can check that.
      I got an open investigation with T-Mobile I was told to call back in 72 hrs. I will update them and report back any useful info.
      I firmly believe the N1 is held back because of the issues with gingerbread.

  • http://Website Jeff

    I rooted and installed CM6 in December. There’s no excuse for the delay, honestly one of the main reasons I bought the phone was because of the speedy updates. We got ONE update from 2.1 to 2.2 and that was it. I paid $529, just like (some) Nexus S buyers did.

  • http://Website Scotter

    I believe there was an exclusivity agreement between Samsung and Google to keep 2.3 only on the Nexus S for a period of time and that is why us Nexus One owners are left out in the cold.

    What happened to “don’t be evil, Google?”

  • http://Website Ann Monis

    This is the reason some people do not want to get an Android based phone. OS fragmentation, at least with Apple iOS, you can update your iPhone, when the update is released.

    It seems Google is following RIM playbook, more phones but have each one have a different OS.

    • http://Website Anon

      Of course! Try to install iOS 4.1 in the iPhone 2, and tell me if you can. Or try to install a custom rom. Or just try to install something that it’s not in the App Store. Or just try to change your battery. Good luck.

      • http://Website Snova

        What’s an iPhone 2?

  • http://Website TomT

    I purchased the Nexus One because I heard that it was Google’s Developer Phone and the FIRST to receive any FUTURE OTA Updates. Like so many people have said, Froyo came quickly and then the updates dried up. I don’t know what deals Google is making with the phone manufacturers behind closed doors, I just know what they told us about the Nexus One – It was a Developers Phone and will received OTA Updates FIRST. I just installed the 2.2.2 Update Manually because I got tired of waiting on Google – I got tired of the iPhone 4 always dropping calls so I paid a hefty premium for a unlocked Nexus One – I’m still stuck on AT&T but the 1st 5 months were a great experience, No Dropped Calls and a Great Phone – but that was then. If the iPhone ever gets an SD Card – Goodbye Android & Google – this is like the Flavor of the Month Linux updates.

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    • http://Website nukuus

      ^Try the link… supposedly someone had posted and works for some

  • http://Website James S

    I was sooo hoping that my upgrade last night was the elusive 2.3 update. Alas, it was only 2.2.2. :-( I want 2.3 already!

  • https://twitter.com/grimmy_efg Grimmy

    You guys don’t know you are born. Try owning a Nokia – then you’ll know about not getting updates :P

  • http://Website Elias

    Was anxiously waiting for this update, and instead got a prompt to install Android 2.2.2. WHAT A TEASE!

    Come ON Google, let’s get this show on the road. I’m dieing here. Using an N1 on the Mobilicity network in Canada.

  • http://Website jihua

    If you dont like waiting for OTA then download manually from here Nexus One Gingerbread

  • http://Website lars

    hello! my nexux one recieved the 2.3 android yesterday at 1200 , it looks really nice!!!!!

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