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Android 2.3.5 is Up Next for Phones? Will Enable NFC Secure Element for Google Wallet

Yesterday, news broke suggesting that the Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint would be receiving an update to GRJ90 which would activate the secure element in its NFC chip to allow Google Wallet to work.  We’re now under the impression that this update will also bump up the device’s Android OS version to 2.3.5 from 2.3.4.  While the device you are looking at above has a slightly older build number of GRJ85, our tipster assures us that it is the update that was made to work with Google Wallet  and is the reason we believe it will see the bump to .5.

And no, it’s not just a “build.prop edit.”  Enjoy the pics of Google Wallet.     

  • I like all the people whining about how their phone doesn’t have 2.3 yet… root your phone and install whatever rom you want. Seriously. There are one click root apps out there. My Droid Incredible is running Android 2.3.5 as of tonight and I’ve had Gingerbread since January.

  • Well, very happy to hear the news, but any other news regarding the date!!

  • Mark Silvis

    Yay, another version of Android for my phone to be behind on =P

  • Hell all this talk about phones going to 2.3.3 or 2.3.4 or 2.3.5 and the incredible hasnt even received the actual 2.3 update yet.

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  • How about we get 2.3 on all devices first that’d be great cough incredible 2 cough

  • Anonymous

    good job. thanks for sharing dear

  • Wow this really sucks not only is the thunderbolt all screwed up. Now they are moving up on the software version and us TBolt owners are no were near getting gingerbread :(.

  • Can someone just explain to me why a minimal amount of devices have 2.3.4 and they’re already readying 2.3.5? I know it’s good to stay ahead of things, but yeah I just don’t understand it. haha

    • Anonymous

      Because Google doesn’t wait for the carriers to catch up.  The carriers don’t care if they are behind because most people don’t know they aren’t on the latest.

      • Because Google’s phone, i.e. Nexus, is updated immediately and the rest of updates is up to manufacturers and carriers which add something more on top of Android (like HTC Sense or Samsung’s Touch Wiz interfaces), those things need to be updated first to match new system.

        In the end – I don’t know why anyone would still insist on waiting for those updates from manufacturer as rooting and flashing Android phone with custom ROM is one click process. Maybe there are issues with carriers in US, I don’t know, I’m from Europe and I have Gingerbread 2.3.4 on Samsung Galaxy S and video-chat on Skype enabled so I’m just happy.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed, people who care should rom or get a nexus. Having said that even if
          t the phones in USA came with vanilla we would still be waiting for carrier

        • You still use your Galaxy S? By any chance you are rooting it to the current latest Android?

          • GrzegorzWidla

            I’m long gone to Windows Phone after Galaxy S and Galaxy Nexus but I still keep both for development and testing purposes.
            I have updated Galaxy S to some popular, quite stable ICS ROM at some time out of curiosity and it was quite a good experience (some things improved, some worse in terms of experience and performance – that’s a pretty old phone already so I understand) but I downgraded it back to Samsung’s stock TouchWiz ROM to have testing environment similiar to millions of S1 and S2 owners.

            As those ROMs improve regularly, I would recommend it to anybody to install custom ROM on old, popular phone. 4.0+ is worth occasional bug.

          • I have the Galaxy S and wanted to try update it but just not sure if it worth the time to do it. Maybe I should try ICS 😀

    • Anonymous

      Because Google doesn’t wait for the carriers to catch up.  The carriers don’t care if they are behind because most people don’t know they aren’t on the latest.

  • Smlathrop99

    I suppose this wont be coming to the Original Droid??

    • Haha

      i’ve had gingerbread on my OG droid for a lonnnggg time. http://www.peteralfonso.com/

    • Haha

      i’ve had gingerbread on my OG droid for a lonnnggg time. http://www.peteralfonso.com/

  • Mneighbo

    I might just go back to my X if I can’t get my Charge rooted. Geez!

  • Branjg1

    Droid X Gunna see this maybe? With CM7 perhaps?

    • Anonymous

      no NFC chip so 99% no. Maybe the code will get rolled into the framework, but none of it will be usable to you.

  • Anonymous

    Nifty. Too bad it’s the only phone that supports it…

  • max

    nice i love nfc and google wallet too bad i dont have nfc ;(

  • Still just waiting for 2.3.4 on the Thunderbolt…

  • Anonymous

    are there still plans for google wallet stickers/chips for phones without NFC?

  • tjmonkey15

    Most phones won’t ever seem to get updated to 2.3 let alone 2.3.5. 

  • Anonymous

    Another way to spend money that I don’t really have. :]

  • Jrod

    Can’t wait for this update! I want my 4g to work the way it should finally

  • Is it only for Nexus S 4G?

  • D3 is 2.3.4 no?

    • Anonymous

      Yes it is.

  • Lolz at the Droid X2 just released Froyo.

    • +1

    • +1

    • Anonymous

      Lolz at the unreleased Moto Titanium launching on Sprint with ONLY Eclair/2.1 …. 

      • Inkster09

        Any date on when they are updating?

  • I have the NS4G, and the feature I’m looking forward to most with the update is improved signal.  The signal is sub-par now compared to the other Sprint phones like the EVO family.

  • Droid1294


    • Tesseract 3

      Sorry no, two people beat you to it. 

      • Droid1294

        almost this time

        • Tesseract 3

          You were close, maybe next time. 

  • How about making it that most phones see 2.3.1 first?

    • Blake

      Google doesn’t have much, if any, control over that.  Blame the carrier/manufacturer.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly Google did their part, now its up to Sprint,Verizon,T-mobile, and At&t.

        • tjhrulz

          And Motorola, HTC, Samsung…..well its hopeless, at least google tried to get them to update faster. 

      • Anonymous

        I would say blame all of them and the process that was created.  I’m sure if Google standardized on a release schedule that would help.  Then if the carriers/manufacturers would then themselves commit to a schedule based on Google’s we would see time updates.  I have to imagine they all deserve some fo the blame.

    • Exactly