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Install Gingerbread on NexusOne without waiting for OTA update

by Sunil J

 

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Google has made Gingerbread available for NexusOne and if don’t mind waiting a “few weeks” before you receive the “over the air” (OTA) update you probably don’t have to read further. Unfortunately, I have been waiting impatiently for GingerBread update and I can’t wait any further.

 

At the moment of writing, my NexusOne is rebooting after installing the update (fingers crossed). And jut to be clear, my phone has not been rooted, and what I am going to suggest is not illegal and is not going to void your warranty, whatever is left of it. I have not mentioned Nexus S as I have not tired the steps, but you will find the steps almost similar and other posts for Nexus S.

1. First you need to download the update from the Google server. Download Gingerbread for NexusOne

2. Rename the file. The original file that you download will be named “81304b2de707.signed-passion-GRI40-from-FRG83G.81304b2d.zip”. Rename it to “update.zip”.

Note: If you find the file name to be 81304b2de707.signed-passion-GRI40-from-FRG83G.81304b2d then rename it to update. The extension “.zip” might have been hidden due to the settings on your computer.

3. Copy the file “update.zip” to your Micro-SD card. If you don’t know how to do this, then I would recommend waiting for the OTA update.

4. Shut down your phone.

5. Hold the Volume Down key and then power it back up.

6. Use the Volume key to scroll down to Recovery and then press the Power button.

7. Reboot the phone if it does not do it automatically.

8. You should be getting a screen with a triangle and explanation mark. Press the Volume Up and Power button a few times.

9. Select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” the screen.

10. Watch the droid taking over your phone.

GingerBread appears to be a bit faster, but I actually preferred the old theme. Maybe I will get used to it.

Credit: I followed the steps provided by Geekworld.

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24 comments

JhazmineSmith March 6, 2012 - 12:06 PM

Thanks for this..I’ve tried and failed and see through the comments here ..fortunately was able to make it..thanks again!

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Sunil J March 7, 2012 - 3:01 AM

Glad to hear that it is working for you..

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Jane Arthur January 3, 2012 - 11:13 AM

I tried this but installation failed, I got “signature
verification failed message” and then installation aborted, what to do now? Please
advice
 

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Anonymous December 16, 2011 - 12:12 AM

Hi Sunil,

I would appreciate if you could help me to upgrade my Google Nexus phone from Android version 2.3.1 to 2.3.4. I tried doing by air it didn’t worked out for me. I want to try by manually.

Here are my phone details.

Model Number: Nexus One
Android Version: 2.3.1
Baseband Version: 32.50.00.32U_5.12.00.08
Kernel Version: 2.6.35.7-59410-gba07db7 [email protected]#1
Build Number: MicroMod v.20 (AOSP GINGERBREAD 2.3.1)
Network/Carrier/Phone Provider: Vodafone (India)

Thanks
Prasad

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Sunil J December 18, 2011 - 9:54 AM

2.3.4 is a minor update. just clear the cache and try. It should go through. Were you getting any error message when trying to update? I have rooted my phone and installed Cayanogen Mod.

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AlexVD October 15, 2011 - 5:06 AM

This was driving me crazy, thank you so much for the help.

Alex

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Sunil J July 8, 2011 - 11:10 AM

Looks like the same info in XDA… Good luck. 🙂

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Sunil J July 8, 2011 - 11:10 AM

Looks like the same info in XDA… Good luck. 🙂

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Eric E April 14, 2011 - 6:19 AM

The installation fails.
Get the following messages:
Verifying update package…
E:failed to verify whole-file signature
E:signature verification failed
Installation aborted

Anybody had similar problem?

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Sunil J April 14, 2011 - 4:02 PM

I didn’t have any such problem. Try downloading the installer once again and try

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Sunil J May 9, 2011 - 2:56 PM

@4c68cebace26480861b2ec29f69dce65:disqus Were you able to install it?

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manish patil July 4, 2011 - 5:06 AM

Having the same issue even after re-downloading the entire stuff and restoring from SD card, update.zip

How did you resolve this Eric?
Kindly help.

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Sunil J July 4, 2011 - 12:03 PM

@google-7e09eb2fbbc59e5725e84898a1f9721f:disqus 
Try downloading the file once more from the internet.

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manish patil July 6, 2011 - 5:36 AM

Sunil I do it everyday! to check if the build has changed, but is not working for me, BAD LUCK!

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manish patil July 6, 2011 - 7:33 AM

Kindly help me with another link if you have

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Sunil J July 6, 2011 - 9:14 AM

I never had that problem, but this is what I could find online.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=976582

Sunil J July 4, 2011 - 12:03 PM

@google-7e09eb2fbbc59e5725e84898a1f9721f:disqus 
Try downloading the file once more from the internet.

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Jim March 2, 2011 - 2:13 AM

Thank you very much. I’ve been lost after step 7 and I greatly appreciate this article. Running Gingerbread just great on my N1 now.

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Sunil J May 9, 2011 - 2:56 PM

Glad to hear that. 🙂

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manish patil July 4, 2011 - 6:41 AM

how did you resolve the issue?

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Elizabeth March 1, 2011 - 4:30 PM

Sunil,
What exactly, in layman’s terms, does GingerBread do?
Thank you,
Elizabeth

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Sunil J March 11, 2011 - 4:44 PM

The power management has been enhanced. I would say its giving me almost double the mileage compared to before the update.

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