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If you've got a Nexus One in your possession, hurry up and download Android 2.2

Earlier this morning, it was discovered that Google was upgrading the Nexus One to the impressive new Android 2.2 operating system with an over-the-air (OTA) update. However, it quickly became apparent that this wasn't being delivered as a general release for everyone in possession of a Nexus One -- the update was only being pushed out to review samples that had been sent out by Google earlier this year.

Now, however, some rather inventive folks have found the direct download link so that everyone with a Nexus One can enjoy some Froyo sweetness. The only catch is that the Nexus One must be in non-rooted, stock ERD79 form.

You can download the update direct from Google here, or get a mirror download here.

User rheza02 over at XDA-Developers describes the update process as follows:

If you are on a completely stock ERD79 device (including stock recovery image), you can use the official ERE27 update (this is the same as the OTA update). Just download it, put it on the SD card named update.zip, launch recovery (power on with volume down held), press power and volume up when the warning triangle icon appears then select 'apply update.zip'.

Android 2.2 (Froyo) brings with it a new JIT compiler for faster application performance, a new V8 JavaScript engine for better internet browser performance, native internet tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot, and support for Adobe Flash 10.1.



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Non Rooted?
By kolson on 5/22/2010 5:25:41 PM , Rating: 2
Can someone please tell me what non rooted means?




RE: Non Rooted?
By JasonMick (blog) on 5/22/2010 6:30:09 PM , Rating: 5
Android runs a modified Linux kernel. In linux the "root" user has super-administrative powers -- the ability to issue any command, modify or delete system files, take control of other users' files, etc. Non-rooted means that you did not play with the Android OS to gain access to the root account.

If you don't know what root is, you're almost certainly non-rooted.


RE: Non Rooted?
By SkateNY on 5/22/2010 8:49:19 PM , Rating: 1
Problem is, the vast majority of consumers don't know this and probably don't care.


RE: Non Rooted?
By GaryJohnson on 5/22/2010 11:18:47 PM , Rating: 5
Likewise the vast majority of consumers probably don't care to upgrade their phone OS ahead of the OTA update. So how is that a problem?


RE: Non Rooted?
By blueboy09 on 5/23/2010 2:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, that's true. If you don't know what even the term "rooted" or "non-rooted" means, then it's better that you don't even upgrade unless you have a friend or relative who know what the hell they're doing, I would even be cautious then. - BLUEBOY


RE: Non Rooted?
By aegisofrime on 5/23/2010 2:39:37 AM , Rating: 2
So "root" is to Android what "jailbreak" is to the iPhone?


RE: Non Rooted?
By Alexstarfire on 5/23/2010 6:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
I would say that's a rather good analogy, but from what I understand the only real point of rooting an android phone is to use a modified OS. And also from what I know the only reason to use a modified OS is to get the latest update, like version 2.1 or 2.2, because carriers can be slow on pushing out the appropriate updates.


RE: Non Rooted?
By asicwizard on 5/23/2010 2:25:14 PM , Rating: 2
Root ing is similar to jailbreak ing except that the Nexus One comes with an unlockable bootloader and it is legal to unlock a Nexus One and load a development ROM that has root access. This is encouraged by Google for people who wish to contribute to the Android Open Source Project. It is your phone and you can program it as you wish.


RE: Non Rooted?
By Sonny123 on 5/25/2010 5:54:18 PM , Rating: 2
Non rooted means there are no changes made to original ROM/software installed by the factory.


Just wondering
By bug77 on 5/22/2010 5:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
It's been rumored Froyo will enable some hidden FM radio on the Nexus. Rather unlikely, but can anyone shed some light?




RE: Just wondering
By Reaper1 on 5/22/2010 5:21:28 PM , Rating: 2
I was just about to ask the same thing.


RE: Just wondering
By descendency on 5/22/2010 10:52:23 PM , Rating: 2
If you tell me how to check, I'd do it.


RE: Just wondering
By GaryJohnson on 5/22/2010 11:15:28 PM , Rating: 1
Presumably there would just be a new "FM Radio" app in the all programs list. That's how it works on my Incredible.


RE: Just wondering
By descendency on 5/22/2010 11:28:38 PM , Rating: 2
Nope. No FM Radio app added. If there is a specific app in the marketplace, I'd be glad to try that one.


RE: Just wondering
By asicwizard on 5/23/2010 2:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
The Nexus One uses a Broadcom BCM4329 chip for its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions. That chip is also capable of transmitting and receiving with FM frequency modulation. That is the hidden FM feature. I doubt that Froyo enables that function because of FCC compliance reasons.


RE: Just wondering
By nafhan on 5/24/2010 9:58:43 AM , Rating: 2
Curious: how would receiving a signal violate FCC regulations?


Sweet, now I don't have to wait... ;]
By tomosius on 5/22/2010 5:14:39 PM , Rating: 3
Sweet, now I don't have to wait for the over-the-air update! ;] Updating to froyo right now ;]
Too bad few people know about Nexus. Too bad for others, I mean, not me. I'm glad I got my N1.




RE: Sweet, now I don't have to wait... ;]
By brandonicus on 5/22/2010 10:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
How is it? Does it make a noticeable difference? More so than 2.1 did? Not that I can get it on my Moment anytime soon. :(


By descendency on 5/22/2010 10:50:26 PM , Rating: 2
On the second load and there-after, everything loads lightning fast due to JIT compiling. (the first load is slower than normal)

Lots of cool new features too. I feel bad for Android users who can't have this right now.


By Sonny123 on 5/25/2010 5:58:39 PM , Rating: 2
Hello all I just installed the android 2.2 downloaded from this site and it is very simple to install if you follow the instructions. It realy speed up my phone and especially the browser. It has some more features also and so far no problmes. Upgrade did not ruin any data or made any old programs incompatible. Thanks to Daily Tech & all of you techies.


now what
By waltmarino on 5/23/2010 10:52:57 AM , Rating: 2
OK I download ed it to my sim card now what?????




RE: now what
By asicwizard on 5/23/2010 4:25:18 PM , Rating: 2
1) rename the file -- update.zip
2) power-down your phone
3) power-on your phone with the volume down key depressed
4) wait for the screen with the Androids on skateboards
5) select recovery
6) wait for the screen with the Android and the ! in a triangle
7) hold power-on with the volume up key depressed
8) select load from SD card
9) Be patient the load takes time


RE: now what
By leodude on 6/16/2010 7:34:53 PM , Rating: 2
So far so good. But when I get to the screen with the triangle, where I would select "apply sdcard:update.zip" I get an error message of "E: Can't open /cache/recovery/command"

Any suggestion Mr. Wizard?

Leo


Picture shows Eclair home screen
By asicwizard on 5/23/2010 2:15:12 PM , Rating: 2
The picture for this article shows an Android 2.1 home screen. One would think that an article about upgrading ones Nexus One to Froyo would show an Android 2.2 home screen. For a picture of a Froyo home screen see -- http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-2.2-highl...




Google's link is not working
By InternetGeek on 5/23/2010 11:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
Mirror's are fine, but I would rather get it from an official source.

Can't wait for this update....




Tried and failed on AT&T version
By littvay on 5/22/2010 5:33:59 PM , Rating: 1
Hey you all. Got me excited for a sec. Tried. Failed. No harm done, of course, but still annoying. Checked the blogs and others with the AT&T version had similar experiences. If anyone knows the google link for that update, please let us know. Thanks. Cheers. Levi




Good news...
By marsbound2024 on 5/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: Good news...
By descendency on 5/22/2010 10:51:48 PM , Rating: 2
It's cool to be one of 20.


RE: Good news...
By Chaser on 5/24/2010 3:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
And at least 19 of them wished they had waited 4 months.

Google pulled it from web only sales and now there are far better choices.


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