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Android 2.3.4 available via OTA; Video Chat now available (manual link available)

Posted by on 04/05/2011

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Google has officially released Android 2.3.4 via OTA for Nexus S and Nexus One owners. The update brings Video and Voice Chat to Google Talk, which is supposed to compete with Apple’s popular front facing chat program FaceTime. The update also fixes a couple bugs experience in version 2.3.3.

It should be noted that only Nexus S users can enjoy the chat feature since it is the only phone of the two that have a front facing camera. Users will easily be able to start a video conversation by tapping on the video icon next to users’ names on GTalk. Any text chat will show up as an overlay so users don’t have to switch back and forth between video and chat, but can do it at the same time seamlessly. The feature works on either a WiFi or on any compatible 3G/4G connection.

Bug fixes for Nexus S & Nexus One

– Phone shuts down or reboots: a very small percentage of users reported this problem, which is fixed with the latest release. (Nexus S)
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=44db6d8e31129d4c

– Wi-fi & 3G icons both indicate active: for anyone who saw this strange behavior in your phone’s status bar, it should now be fixed. (Nexus S)
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=62b9e23a049f4ef0

– Battery life: some users let us know that their batteries didn’t seem to be lasting as long; battery life should be improved for these folks. (Nexus One)
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=5d1a4878e4ace375

– GPS location/navigation: some Nexus One users who noticed location and navigation problems after updating to 2.3.3 should notice improved location accuracy. (Nexus One)
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=4e60b45c18d6665c

Manual Upgrade Instructions

For those of you who have not seen the OTA upgrade yet, you can manually update your phone will the following instructions. Please note once again that this applies to Nexus One and Nexus S [i9020 (SAMOLED) and i9023 (SLCD)] owners.

  1. Download the relevant update that matches your previous build number. GRI40 to GRJ22 or GRI54 to GRJ22.
  2. Once you download the file, rename it to update.zip (not update.zip.zip).
  3. Copy the renamed file to your SDCard root directory via your USB cable preferably (because it’s a big file).
  4. Reboot your phone. As soon as it restarts, hold the Volume Up and Power buttons at the same time.
  5. You will reach a prompt screen, choose Recovery.
  6. The phone will reboot again into Recovery mode (a triangle warning sign should appear).
  7. Press the Volume Up and Power buttons again until you get an options screen. Scroll down to Apply sdcard update.zip and click it to begin the installation process.
  8. Finally, it will do its thing and reboot to 2.3.4, where you will most likely have to update your downloaded applications as well.
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