Google Nexus One finally gets updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Nexus S loses Facebook contact sync
This update will take the Nexus One to Android 2.3.3, and the same update is also being dispatched to Google Nexus S users, so the two Google phones will for the first time be running the exact same software version.
On the Nexus S side, the update adds a few NFC features and fixes a very annoying random reboot bug. It also disables syncing of Facebook contacts with your phone’s address book, unless Facebook re-works its app to actually export Facebook contacts into the Phone app, not just show them as they were there, like it does today. This, according to Google, creates an expectation that backing up your phone’s address book will also back up your Facebook contacts, since you see them inside your address book. However, since they’re not actually part of that address book, they won’t be backed up or synced with any other service than Facebook. This certainly is a drawback for avid Facebook users, although Google’s point does make sense. It’s unlikely though that Facebook will change its ways any time soon, so Nexus S owners, you’ve been warned – this update effectively takes away Facebook contact sync for you.
Strangely, it doesn’t do the same for the Nexus One, which came with the Facebook app preinstalled. This, Google says, has created a different expectation from users, and as such this Facebook app’s sync won’t be crippled. Also on the topic of the Nexus One, let’s not forget that it will get all the Gingerbread goodies for the first time.
The update for both the Nexus S and the Nexus One will come over-the-air. Your phone should prompt you that there’s an update available and you go from there. Keep in mind though that this is a heavily staggered release, and it will take a few weeks for it to make it to every single Nexus device out there. So don’t panic. The wait is almost over, Gingerbread has almost made it to the Nexus One.