Get Android 2.2 On Your Nexus One Without The Wait

Want to try out the neat new stuff in Android 2.2, a.k.a. FroYo? if you went the import path, try these instructions to download a 2.2 update, install it, and get Flash up and running.

Note: These instructions worked on my own Nexus One, which was purchased contract-free from Google. It has, however, been reported to work fairly reliably on Nexus One models of most stripes, though this seems like an English language update, so proceed with caution if you're not sure this update is what you want.

  • Grab the .zip package containing the Nexus One 2.2 update here (direct ZIP link). Rename the file to, then copy to your Nexus One's SD card.
  • Follow SimonNWalker's instructions at the AndroidSpin forums. To summate, you'll have to turn off your Nexus One, reboot it while holding down the trackball button, and follow the instructions to activate "recovery mode", then load the file up for flashing.
  • Give your Nexus One time to reboot, "catch up" to all the new changes, and when things have settled down, you can either head to the Market and search for Adobe Flash Player, or head directly to to launch the appropriate Market page.

Things look fairly smooth on my Nexus One with 2.2 installed. I couldn't say whether I'm seeing the kind of real, tangible speed boost Google boasted of yet, but Flash does run, and seems to run well enough to get you past the inconveniences of web sites that need it for just one or two functions.

Thanks to @Cyanogen for tweeting his findings on updating the Nexus One ahead of schedule!


    Seems to be pretty reliant on the version of the phone you have at the moment. Some of them (mine included build EPE54B) don't update with the currently "released" update. Hopefully a proper release will come soon.

    Cool - but... your link for the direct download gets a 404 (

      404 here too - from whatever site or forum I try to use :(
      /wants froyo so badly

    Getting this error message:
    "E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted"

    I'm sorry. Only the clueful are connected enough to follow things like this. You are ten miles behind everyone else. If you can't keep up with the tech, don't try. It only screws over tens of thousands of people very quickly. Like this at&t nexus one owner.

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