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The Google Nexus S, which only hit store shelves in the UK yesterday, has already received its first over the air update.

Android 2.3.1, zaps bugs and adds improvements to the Google Maps app, which was very recently upgraded to version five-point-oh. It’s not clear yet what these improvements are but early reports over at the XDA developers forum suggests that it mainly fixes lag issues in the app.

As of writing, the update has not yet begun rolling out in the UK but we don’t expect the wait to be too long since it’s only a 1.9MB download. Still, if you are feeling impatient, you can force the handset to look for the update manually by typing the symbols star-hash-star-hash-CHECKIN-hash-star-hash-star on the dialer.

The Nexus S, produced by Samsung, is Google’s second-ever branded smartphone and the only kit currently in market running Android 2.3, AKA Gingerbread. However, Google has confirmed that its older brother, the Nexus One, will be updated to the latest firmware 'in the coming weeks'. The HTC Desire HD and Samsung Galaxy S are also expected to make the leap in the near future.

While not a major overhaul over its predecessor, Froyo, Gingerbread does pack some nice additions, including a more uniform user interface, a new on-screen keyboard, VoIP/SIP support for making voice calls over the Internet, and the all-new Near Field Communication (NFC) tech, which allows the Nexus S to scan all sorts of data off other devices and objects.

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