Feb 24th, 2011 publishUpdated   Jan 16th, 2015, 1:58 pm

Ready to get WebM support, writable NFC tags, and a fix for your random rebooting woes? Don’t wait for the OTA update, do the manual install of Android 2.3.3 now. Just like the Nexus One, the update file for the Nexus S has come online. Direct from Google’s servers, you can get your NS updated in a few easy steps.

Here is how:

  1. Download the Android 2.3.3 firmware for the Nexus S – here is the link to download.
  2. Rename the file update.zip and copy it to the internal storage of your Nexus S via USB. [Note: make sure the file is named update.zip and not update.zip.zip.]
  3. Power down your Nexus S
  4. Hold down the “Volume Up” button as you power the phone back on.
  5. A screen should appear showing your phone’s system searching for various files. Scroll down to “recovery” using the “Volume Down” key and press the “Power” button.
  6. When you see the triangle with an exclamation point symbol, press the “Power” and “Volume Up” buttons at the same time.
  7. From the menu that appears, select “Apply sdcard:update.zip.”
  8. When the screen displays “Install from sdcard complete” select “reboot system now” and wait for the phone to power back up.

And there you have it. A new Gingerbread build for the phone that already had it to begin with. Enjoy!

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