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Nexus S Android 2.3.4 Update Can Be Manually Installed



Earlier today, Google announced that it was bringing Android 2.3.4 and video chat capabilities through Google Talk to the Nexus S in the next couple of weeks. Well, Nexus S owners, good news. You don’t have to wait for the update because there is a way to get it right now.

Nexus S

Android Central has discovered the official file and after a couple of quick steps, you can get Android 2.3.4 up and running on your Nexus S in no time at all. If you feel like taking the plunge, here is what you need to do:

  1. Download the file here.
  2. Place it in the root of your storage.
  3. Turn your phone off, reboot into the bootloader by holding volume up while you turn the phone back on.
  4. Using the volume buttons, choose “Recovery” from the list and use the power button to select it.
  5. You should see a triangle appear on your screen and at that point, hold down power and press the volume up button and you should see a list of options. Choose the file you just downloaded to update to Android 2.3.4.

Painless, right?  Enjoy the update Nexus S owners and for those of you with the Nexus One, the update for your device should surface soon.



  1. Unitopia

    04/29/2011 at 7:02 am

    I’ve rooted my 2.3.3 install. Will this undo the root?

  2. Web Hosting Reviews

    04/29/2011 at 10:18 am

    Good I will try it!!..

  3. Jhill14510

    04/29/2011 at 12:02 pm

    How do I download to root of sd card on nexus s

  4. Bartok

    04/29/2011 at 2:36 pm

    Worked swimmingly

  5. huss

    04/29/2011 at 6:24 pm

    I get an error
    “E: failed to verify whole-file signature” any ideas?

  6. james

    04/29/2011 at 8:39 pm

    you have to go from 2.3.2 -> 2.3.3 -> 2.3.4

  7. Dicustefan

    04/29/2011 at 10:48 pm

    worked but the browser over 3g is stil not working. other bugs have dissapeared.

  8. Jblossom

    04/30/2011 at 5:05 am

    I installed 2.3.3, then did the 2.3.4 install, went very smoothly. Now to figure out how to use the video chat!

  9. Mouli

    04/30/2011 at 6:36 am

    It says aborted when i install this update. I have 2.3.3 thou. what should i do?

  10. huss

    04/30/2011 at 6:41 am

    i m running 2.3.3.Do i need to root my phone?

  11. guest

    04/30/2011 at 11:08 am

    If you have to update 2.3.4. you cannot update it directly from 2.3.2. first u have to update your phone to 2.3.3 and then update it to 2.3.4

  12. Soufianak

    04/30/2011 at 12:50 pm

    Running Gingerbread 2.3.3 on Google HTC NexusONE. When applying this update to 2.3.4 , I Got E: failed to verify whole-file signature E:signature verification Failed : Installation Aborted. Any working idea to succeed ??

    • nash

      05/01/2011 at 2:07 am


      it’s for nexus S !

  13. Soufianak

    05/01/2011 at 11:02 pm

    read/heard somewhere for Nexus One too … :[

  14. Yoyo8521

    05/03/2011 at 12:00 pm

    I have the same error with nexus S on 2.3.3!

  15. Fenton Travers

    05/04/2011 at 5:40 am

    Fails for me with:
    assert failed:
    file_getprop(“/system/build.prop”, “”) == “google/sou/crespo:2.3.3/GRI40/102588:user/release-keys”


    file_getprop(“/system/build.prop”,””) == “google/soju/crespo:2.3.4/GRJ22/121341:user/release-keys”

    E:Error in /tmp/sideload/
    (Status 7)

    I’m on Google Nexus S, from Hong Kong.

  16. Aguest

    08/25/2011 at 4:33 pm

    Can this be used to upgrade the software on Samsung S2 from 2.3.3 to 2.3.4 as well ?

  17. Jedi_biru

    01/02/2012 at 1:56 am this is the best and most complete solution – bluejune

  18. Bajtees

    03/28/2012 at 4:39 am

    Will this work for Tue nexus s I9020

    • Bajtees

      03/28/2012 at 4:40 am

      The *

  19. Bilal Bhagat

    08/22/2012 at 9:22 am

    Worked for me.. form 2.3.1 to 2.3.2. Thanx.

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