Google has begun updating its Nexus S smartphones to Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 in territories across the world including the UK.
The Samsung-built Nexus S uses a “stock” version of Android with no customised UI layer such as HTC’s Sense or Motorola’s MotoBlur, and as such gets its software updates direct from Google over the air, negating the need to connect the device to a computer reflash the firmware.
Don’t get too excited though, as 2.3.6 is only a minor update to 2.3.4 primarily to fix a voice-search bug and provide enhancements to wireless and USB tethering.
Upgrading takes just a couple of minutes and can be done via Wi-Fi or mobile internet with the added bonus of not losing data or apps during the upgrade process.
The next major udate for Android will be “Ice Cream Sandwich“, which aims to unify the user experience for phones and tablets running the OS.
No official word as to when this will be rolled out has been forthcoming from its creators but it is thought the new iteration of the Google platform will land in October or November and will make its debut on the Samsung-built Nexus Prime.