Google Nexus S Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Google has started rolling out a software update for its second Nexus branded phone, the Nexus S. The software update will bump the Android version to 2.3.6, and mainly aims at fixing some bugs with the current software build.

The main purpose of this software update is to fix the  horrendous  voice search bug, which plagues all Nexus S owners. When a Nexus S owner will be in a low-signal zone, the voice search app will automatically get activated. This software update from Google finally fixes this bug, after months of complaints from the Nexus S owners. Other than fixing the voice search bug, the update also brings some NFC improvements.

However, not all is rosy with the update. Nexus S owners who updated their handset to 2.3.6 are reporting that tethering does not work for them, post the update. So Nexus S owners, who need tethering should stay away from this update.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, and will hit Nexus S owners across the globe in the coming days. Alternatively, Nexus S owners can manually pull the update from Google servers by keying in  *#*#checkin#*#*.


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Rajesh Pandey

Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu or mail to him at [email protected]

  • Rose

    I have a Nexus S and never experienced that bug. Also, I read a lot about people asking what bug that is supposed to be b/c it was hardly seen by someone…

  • ED

    Typed in ” *#*#checkin#*#* ” into the keypad but comes back checkin succeeded nothing else?

  • dar

    Many Thanks, Prof Rajesh for this info
    -was blaming my nervous system’s misfires via fingers for starting voice search…
    -Your newsletters are at the top of our tech stuff list

  • jason

    updated my nexus S with 2.3.6 and so far everything works well, even the tethering! =)

  • I just applied the 2.3.6 update and tested the Portable Wi-Fi Hostpot feature of my Nexus S and it works exactly the same under 2.3.6 as it did before. This is on the Canadian Rogers network anyway. I tested it with mi Wi-fi only iPad and was able to surf the net through my Nexus S just fine.