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Nexus One Android 2.3.4 Update Can Be Manually Installed



Attention Nexus One owners. If you’re looking to get Android 2.3.4 on your phone this moment (who likes waiting for OTA updates?), then there is an easy manual installation process that you can follow to get it up and running right now.

Nexus One

Last week, Google announced that Android 2.3.4 would roll out to the Nexus S and Nexus One in the weeks ahead. Well, shortly after that announcement a manual installation became available for some Nexus S owners much to the chagrin of those who still employ a Nexus One.

No need to feel down anymore Nexus One owners because there is now a way to manually install the Android 2.3.4 update right now which means you can avoid waiting for the roll out that’s currently in progress. Here’s how to do it:

1. Download the update here.
2. You’ll want to rename the file to If you are using a Windows machine, you can rename it to update, without the zip.
3. Copy that file, or update, and put it on your microSD card.
4. Make sure you Nexus One is off and then hold down the trackball and press the power button.
5. Once you see the white screen and the Androids, you’ll want to select Bootloader.
6. At this point, your phone is going to reboot and you should see another Android as well as a triangle.
7. Now press the volume up and power button at the same time.
8. Using the trackball, you will want to choose Apply or Apply sdcard:update.
9. Boom, Android 2.3.4

Those instructions should get you up and running in no time and get your Nexus One squared away with a bunch of bug fixes. For those interested in what’s in the update, you can head here and see a full list.

(Via Android Central)



  1. John J

    05/04/2011 at 10:17 pm

    Seems to have freed up about 10 meg of internal storage. On the nexus one, that’s really welcome news.

  2. GammN1

    05/06/2011 at 10:22 am

    Works on Nexus One with 2.3.3 (GingerBread) GRI40 but the root (su) and Clockworkmod recovery is missed at start-up after booting with update… In other words if you have your Nexus One rooted you will lose it (and the Clockworkmod Recovery, too. Consider if this should be welcome at your side.

    By the way, do you know how can I get back root (how to install su again and busybox right over this update)

    Thanks in advance for the help,


  3. Vondetour

    05/13/2011 at 5:04 pm

    i tryed to update my nexus 1 and got the error message

    assert failed:

    , “”)
    == “google/soju/crespo



    gerprint”) ==

    E:Error in /tmp/sideload/

    (Status 7)

    Installation aborted.

  4. Lakkireddy Sunilraja

    05/16/2011 at 10:17 am

    I have tried all ways available in internet but could not upgrade my nexus one to 2.3.4.

    then i have formated nmy sdcard & phone to factory.
    then connected to internet, i got a message saying ” you have update”. i choose to install. it started downloading 86Mb file from internet.

    upon completion, my phone rebooted, updated to 2.3.3.

    after this step i again received a notification ” you have update”. i choose to install. it started downloading 6Mb file from internet. upon completion my phone rebooted and updated to 2.3.4.

    but after all this work, my phone is 2.3.4 with out rooting & bootloader locked.

    I am in saudi arabia, so i am unable to get Google earth or skype or any navigation software for this region.

  5. Tony

    08/19/2011 at 6:01 pm

    hi i have a problem with my nexus one when i try to turn it on there is nothing my i get some help to manage it please. 

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