Android 2.2 for Nexus One

Version 2.2 of the Android platform is apparently available to download manually to be installed on the Nexus One smartphone, bringing the flagship mobile in line with the latest Google software.

This download has been discovered to be identical to the over the air update that certain US Nexus One owners received in the past few weeks and it is only 1.86MB in size.

To install it, owners apparently have to replace the FRF50 build number with that contained within the file.

The replacement file will bring the Android build up to FRF72 and this will deliver various Android 2.2 improvements, including a smoother, swifter web browsing experience and full support for Flash, according to Phandroid.

Interestingly, reports suggest that the Android update makes the Nexus One far better at detecting 3G networks, which results in better coverage for all owners.

Google Nexus One vs HTC Legend

HTC’s Legend is easily one of the most gorgeous-looking Android handsets – that all-metal body certainly looks fab  – and the good news for UK consumers is that the device is coming to our shores at the end of this month.

The SIM-free price expected to hover somewhere around the £375 mark, including VAT.

That’s a marked improvement over the £450+ that many Nexus One owners are having to pay in order to import their phones from the US, although it should be noted that the Legend doesn’t boast a super-fast Snapdragon CPU.

There’s no word as yet about which network is going to step in and pick up the Legend in this region, but the smart money is on Vodafone, which is also releasing the aforementioned Nexus One in April.

Google Nexus One UK Cost (Shipping / Import / Duty & Delivery Costs)

UK Google Nexus One customers who ordered their phones straight after the Google store opened have started receiving the handsets from DHL over the past few days.

Mobile phones are not subject to any import duty in the UK, so there is no import duty payable on the imported Nexus One. However  VAT is payable at the standard rate of 17.5%. It looks likely that you will receive a VAT bill from DHL a few weeks after you receive the phone.

For those UK folks keen to get their hands on a Google Nexus One the following costs apply when purchasing a phone for the UK:

Note: UK adapter (optional) $19.99 (this is a UK plug version of the charger)

Let us know about your experience with the Google Nexus One – we love hearing feedback from our readers.