Google has begun to roll out the Android 2.3.3 update to its two officially endorsed phones, the Nexus One and Nexus S.
The news came via Google’s Twitter feed, which also warned that the over the air update might take weeks to reach everyone. The Tweet in full reads: “Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) update now rolling out to Nexus S and Nexus One. Be patient, may take a few weeks for OTA to complete.”
This is undoubtedly more exciting for Nexus One owners than Nexus S owners for a couple of reasons, the main one being that it brings Gingerbread to the older device for the first time.
Nexus S owners do have a few minor things to look forward to in the update, though. The main improvement will be one of stability – as well as a number of minor bug fixes, the handset’s strange tendency to reboot randomly should be addressed. In terms of major changes, the device’s NFC capabilities have now been expanded, allowing users to write as well as read NFC tags.
The update brings with it some bad news for Nexus S-owning Facebook owners – the ability to sync your contacts has been removed. Apparently it’s to do with Google finally enforcing its official rules, which dictate that third party apps must use Android’s own contact facilities rather than their own. You Nexus One owners will be unaffected, for some strange reason.
All in all it’s nothing major for Nexus S owners, especially as Near Field Communication technology hasn’t really taken hold yet (not in the UK anyway). Still, increased stability is always a good thing, as is the addition of another handset to the Gingerbread fold.