I’ve taken a small step towards rooting my phone, by understanding how to fast boot and install update to gingerbread 2.3.3 – cheers! haha. If you have unrooted and stock phone, here is your guide to update your nexus s from 2.3.1/2.3.2 to 2.3.3 . The reason im updating it because its been reported that 2.3.3 fix the yellowish screen. I don’t give a damn about NFC update, seriously.
Disclaimer: Proceed at your own risk. fadzli.com is not responsible if your device ever gets bricked or broken during the process.
This is manual method only for the experienced and brave-heart. Otherwise, i suggest you to wait for the OTA update to hit your phone (which can take forever especially for Malaysia / non US/UK user).
- USB cable to connect your nexus s to laptop
- Updated gingerbread version 2.3.3 – I’ve got this from the following thread in XDA-Developer forum
- If you’re currently running 2.3.1 (build version GRH78):- http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/google_crespo/e0b546c442bf.signed-soju-GRI40-from-GRH78.e0b546c4.zip
- If you’re currently running 2.3.2 (build version GRH78C):- http://android.clients.google.com/packages/ota/google_crespo/98f3836cef9e.signed-soju-GRI40-from-GRH78C.98f3836c.zip
- Download the above file, depending on your nexus s build (you can check build version in Settings/About Phone/Build version).
- Connect your nexus s to your computer.
- Copy the downloaded file into your SD card root level. Dont extract the file but you can rename the file to update.zip if you want.
- Disconnect your USB connection to computer and turn off your nexus s.
- Reboot your nexus s into recovery mode. To do this, simply press and hold “Volume Up” and “Power” button simultaneously
- Once in recovery mode, use volume up and down to navigate. Choose option ‘Recovery’. Select by using power button.
- You will now see the “!” symbol. Hold the “Power” button and then press “Volume Up” button.
- In the recovery options, choose “apply update from /sdcard” option.
- Select the update file (update.zip or any filename) on your sdcard and then press the “Power” button to flash it.
- Wait for the Android 2.3.3 upgrade process to complete.
- Reboot your phone. Hurrah and three cheers, you’ve just upgrade your phone firmware manually.
My Observation after updating to 2.3.3 (after 5 hours updating it)
- It’s going to take a while during first load at splashing X loading screen. Dont freak out.
- My yellowish screen appear to be fixed now. The screen look gorgeous and sexy.
- Battery level no longer turn orange when 30% or less. It turn yellow now.
- Radio reception appear to be improved, WIFI too 🙂