As far as elderly statesmen go, you can't fault the Nexus One. And it appears, neither can Google itself - because as this baby approaches its second birthday (which is about 96 in phone years) and Mummy gets ready for the birth of the Prime, the rollout of Gingerbread 2.3.6 appears to be hitting the first-born.
According to TracyAndMatt, update messages have started to appear already though the actual contents of the release are not known with "important bug fixes and security patches" being the two official key draws.
However, the One's successor, the Nexus S (itself, approaching its first birthday) recently got a similar update which reportedly affected USB and wifi tethering. With that in mind, it may be worth sitting this one out until more info appears on the forums. If you still want it and haven't had the update message, you can always install the update manually. Instructions are in the original post.
It's certainly lovely to see that Google hasn't forgotten Nexus One owners who appear to be a hardly lot committed to their handsets. Even as it heads for its most important mobile launch of the lot in both the Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich, Nexus One users are still being invited to the party.
Although we worry that due to hardware restrictions, there may not be enough Ice Cream Sandwich to go all the way around for them when it finally gets here.
And while we're on the subject of updates, the current King of the Android handsets, His Royal Highness Samsung of Galaxy the Second appears to have been given some updates too. A post over on Android Forums reveals that Gingerbread 2.3.5 is now available for download for the S2 thanks to a leak.
It's got new visual effects, plus an update to the Swype keyboard, that new-look Android market and various power-saving updates though no inbuilt Google Talk video feature as of yet.
Remember, it's all based on a leak and whilst it looks official, usual warnings and disclaimers are applied. But if you have taken the plunge - or you're a Nexus One owner who got the update notice and has acted on it, post below. We'd love to how what you think of it.