Google releases significant Nexus One software update

Earlier today, Google released a firmware update for its Nexus One phone, which fixes a few bugs whilst also bringing some pretty major features. 

The first change is that Google Goggles will now be available directly from your Nexus One, under the All Apps menu, with Google saying, "Just use your Nexus One camera to start searching the web." Google Maps has undergone an update, bringing it to version 3.4, with the following changes (according to Google's Nexus One blog post):

  • Starred items synchronized with maps.google.com – access your favorite places from your phone or computer.
  • Search suggestions from your personal maps.google.com history – makes it easy to search places you've searched for before.
  • Night mode in Google Maps Navigation – automatically changes your screen at night for easier viewing and driving.

Perhaps the biggest improvement, however, is that the Nexus One now supports a pinch-to-zoom gesture in the Browser, Maps and Gallery applications. This is a pretty major feature for users of the phone, who will no doubt get a lot of use out of it. Lastly, Google fixed some 3G issues, meaning it should now have somewhat improved connectivity.

The firmware will download over the air if you own a Nexus One, meaning you should see a notification in the phone's status bar when it's ready to be installed. If you don't, be patient – Google hopes that everyone will have the update by the end of the week.

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I wish Google had released a press statement: "iPhone is not our main competitor, but Google will continue to add new and significant features to the Nexus to maintain the edge over iPhone."

It is cool to see consistent nav updates. Android already has the best GPS navigation software and it keeps improving. Nexus one will def be my next phone.

Force update instructions:
http://androidforums.com/nexus-one/41504-how-force-2-2-2010-ota-update.html

Xibe said,
Force update instructions:
http://androidforums.com/nexus-one/41504-how-force-2-2-2010-ota-update.html

I tried this and got a signature check failed so... be careful :P

MI6Labs said,

I tried this and got a signature check failed so... be careful :P

It's an official google site though, simply unsigned because the url was found by checking the log of an updated phone, works great by the way. The boot animation among other things run much much faster and the pinch zoom works perfect :)

Google makes news every day... I'm not going to complain either! Nice improvements to an amazing phone. I can't wait to get my hands on the Nexus One!

Anyone know if there will be a new version of the phone when it comes out for AT&T? I'm thinking about buying it now unlocked but maybe I should wait.

Tom W said,
Hmm this update might force me to import a Nexus One now. The one thing holding me back was lack of multi touch.

I imported a Nexus One to Sweden and had to pay a little more than 600 usd, including delivery to my door. Definitely cheaper than what it will cost when it is sold here.

So technically it now supports multi-touch. Very very good.

I have to say, Googles coders worked pretty quickly to release these updates.

Kudos to the coding team!

emzino said,
So technically it now supports multi-touch. Very very good.

I have to say, Googles coders worked pretty quickly to release these updates.

Kudos to the coding team!

It's always supported multi-touch, it just wasn't enabled because Apple has certain patents that prevent/ed Google from enabling it in the US.

Tony. said,

It's always supported multi-touch, it just wasn't enabled because Apple has certain patents that prevent/ed Google from enabling it in the US.


None of those patents are in anyway exclusively related to the gestures enabled today. Google could have enabled them anytime they wanted. It is more likely that there was an understanding between companies not to enable them on google devices.

Tony. said,

It's always supported multi-touch, it just wasn't enabled because Apple has certain patents that prevent/ed Google from enabling it in the US.


None of those patents are in anyway exclusively related to the gestures enabled today. Google could have enabled them anytime they wanted. It is more likely that there was an understanding between companies not to enable them on google devices.

Dead'Soul said,
Google will continue to add new and significant features to Nexus in the future to compete with iPhone and others.
I think that can be said about any phone made my anyone... :P

Xero said,
I think that can be said about any phone made my anyone... :P

or even Samsung.. look how long the Omnia HD (i8910) have been waiting for Kenetic Scrolling... and we're still waiting!