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Upgrading the Google Nexus One Eclair 2.1 (FRF50) to Froyo 2.2 (FRF83) – Release Version

The release version of Froyo 2.2 has been released for Google Nexus One users.

  1. Download the 1828kb update file from Google
    (filename:  signed-passion-FRF83-from-FRF50.38d66b26.zip)
  2. Follow the instructions here – Upgrading the Google Nexus One Eclair 2.1 to Froyo 2.2 – unrooted stock
    (note that step 9 may require you to press reboot )

Updating Froyo 2.2 from FRF50 to FRF72

An update for Froyo 2.2 from FRF50 to FRF72 has been released and is available from Google’s website now.

The update is similar to the Eclair 2.1 to Froyo 2.2 with one change.

  1. Download the 1.9mb update file from Google
    (signed-passion-FRF72-from-FRF50.bc033f9e.zip)
  2. Follow instructions here –  Upgrading the Google Nexus One Eclair 2.1 to Froyo 2.2 – unrooted stock – starting with step 2 and returning her after step 9.
  3. The phone when complete will sit there with the same menu seen in step 8. Press the trackball to reboot.

Upgrading the Google Nexus One Eclair 2.1 to Froyo 2.2 – unrooted stock

First check the build number (Settings \ About Phone)  and check the build number out which needs to be ETE27.

  1. Download the 44.4mb update file from Google
    (filename: signed-passion-FRF50-from-ERE27.1e519a24.zip)
  2. Rename the file to update.zip
  3. Copy to the root of the SD card as shown
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  4. Turn the Nexus One off
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  5. Hold down the trackball button and turn on the Nexus One
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  6. Scroll down using the “volume down” button to the recovery option and press the “power” button to select.
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  7. The phone will reboot and allow you to select the firmware to upgrade.
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  8. Scroll down using the trackball and press it to select.
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  9. The firmware upgrade will begin immediately, allow 5 minutes for the flashing stage.
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    matthewmcdonald_com_google_nexus_one_android_froyo_2_2_010_flash_firmware
  10. After the firmware is flashed the Nexus One will reboot.
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  11. Startup shows the upgrade was successful.
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Automatic Updating of Applications

Automatic Updating of Applications

New Car Screens

New Car Screens

New Car Screens

New Car Screens

Tethering and Portable Hotspot

Tethering and Portable Hotspot

Purchasing a Google Nexus One in Australia and other countries not on Googles

In my guide Importing a Google Nexus phone to Australia (and other countries) I mentioned a requirement to use a proxy server otherwise Google won’t allow you to purchase. The standard URL www.google.com/phone gives a message “Sorry, the Nexus One phone is not available in your country or region”.

Using this link may allow you to purchase without a proxy www.google.com/phone/?hl=en&gl=US&s7e=

Optus finally allows it’s customers to use paid apps on the Optus, Virgin Mobile and TPG networks

Optus have finally allowed it’s customers access to paid apps – Optus, Virgin Mobile and TPG blocking access to paid applications via Android Market.

The move comes as competition intensifies in the Android market in Australia with recent announcements by Telstra and Vodafone.

Optus unlocks access to paid Android apps

Ahead of next week’s expected launch of new Android handsets, Optus has finally enabled access to paid apps on the Android Marketplace.

“We’re very happy to let all our Android customers know that you now have access to all paid apps in the Android Marketplace.”

That simple message, which appeared shortly before noon today from Optus’ official Twitter account (@Optus), brought sighs of relief, yelps of delight and a few cries of “Too late, I already switched carriers” from Australia’s Android fans.

Optus, Virgin Mobile and TPG blocking access to paid applications via Android Market

Update: Optus finally allows it’s customers to use paid apps on the Optus, Virgin Mobile and TPG networks (Friday 26th of March 2010)

Optus being the partner network with Google in Australia (at the moment) would seem to be the obvious choice to use with your new Android phone – at least that’s what you would think however Optus have decided to instead block all their customers and those of their resellers Virgin Mobile and TPG from accessing paid applications.

Google have offered them 30% of the app store sales sold via the Optus network but still Optus are holding out for more.  I’m not sure if Google offer this to all carriers or if it’s just the carriers they partner with in each country (I suspect the latter) but this raises the whole issue of Network Neutrality which is based on the principle that if a user pays for internet access and another user pays for internet access they should be able to connect to each other at their level of access (speed for example). In this case you should be able to access the Android Market and purchase apps no matter what network you’re on (the 30% payment is neither here nor there as far as this argument).

Options if you are with Optus, Virgin Mobile or TPG to access paid applications include

  • Rooting the phone and using market enabler – however this voids your warranty and you have to apply updates manually
  • Put a Telstra or Vodafone SIM card in the phone – requires powering off the phone and pulling the battery each time
  • If you’re under contract contact the TIO and raise a dispute with Optus – so far everyone who has done this has had their contract released early so they could move to another network – Telstra or Vodafone work fine
  • If you’re out of contract move to another network – both Telstra and Vodafone work fine (Vodafone will be the new Google partner in Australia when they release the Nexus One here)

Staying with Optus and either not purchasing apps or using one of the workarounds is only going to condone this behavior. Optus have already setup their own App store (very limited content and poor ui) and natural progression will see them diverting traffic from other stores to their store.

There has been some media coverage of this but many customers are still unaware of Optus’s action.

Optus deliberately blocking Android paid apps – APC Magazine

Optus Are Blocking Paid Android Apps – GIZMODO

Paid apps in the android marketplace – Whirlpool

Information about the 30% payment to carriers

Google to Take a Hefty Cut on Android App Sales – Gadget Lab

Google Apps for my domain (GAFYD), Android Market, Google Checkout and the Google Account

If you have a Google Apps for my domain (GAFYD) and a google account that you created which uses the same email address as that account you will run into the problems on any Android platform of being unable to purchase apps, link your Picasa account to your Android and so forth The right belize resorts meant for tourist who enjoy pets, animal spotting and active situations along with the natural world..

My Nexus One is configured with me@mydomain.com as my login to my GAFYD account and also my Google account that has AdSense, Checkout, Docs, Picasa Web Albums, iGoogle, Google Chrome Bookmark Sync, Sites, Talk and Webhistory which has the same email address configured. Attempts to purchase an app sees you put in your google checkout acount which is me@mydomain.com and a different password to my GAFYD account of the same name. Andoid accepts this and asks you if you want to sync Contacts, Calendar and Gmail, if you don’t select them it won’t sync your data anymore with your GAFYD account as the Android has seen the primary email address and assumed it is the existing account.

So I created a second email address (me2@mydomain.com) that forwards to my main email (me@mydomain.com) and added this as a second address to my Google account. Tried again the same problem existed belize resorts.

The next step was to change my email address assigned to my Google account by selecting “Change email” under manage account to me2@mydomain.com after removing it as the secondary email address. After confirming the change I was able to purchase the app in one easy step!

After testing Picasa on the Nexus One was working I added a second email address to the Google account using my original me@mydomain.com and after verifying that can be used to sign back in to Picasa on your computer. Picasa does display the me2@mydomain.com at the top however this means you can still sign back in to your Google account with your me@mydomain.com email.

Original Setup:

  • Google Apps for my domain (GAFYD): me@mydomain.com
  • Google Account: me@mydomain.com

New Setup

  • Google Apps for my domain (GAFYD): me@mydomain.com
  • Google Account: me2@mydomain.com (primary)
  • Google Account: me@mydomain.com (secondary)

On the Android Device under Settings and Accounts & Sync Settings there are two accounts

me2@mydomain.com

  • Sync Picasa Web Albums

me@mydomain.com

  • Sync Contracts
  • Sync Calendar
  • Sync Gmail

So far so good, everything seems to work with no problems!

Further information on the problem which appears like it won’t be addressed any time soon can be found on the following posts

Market should allow Google Apps users to purchase

Google Docs should be supported on Android

Google Apps For Your Domain Problems