When the Google Nexus 7 tablet was revealed at Google I/O just days back, many were disappointed to see Google’s flagship Android 4.1 JellyBean tablet running the phone interface for portions of the OS, rather than the tablet-optimized interface seen on all Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. Luckily, this can be fixed with a quick hack, provided your device is rooted.
The choice of a phone UI over a tablet one may be intentional by Google to keep things simple and familiar for the market they are trying to target with this device, but for those of you who want to make best use of the screen real estate by eliminating the top notification bar and integrating it into the bottom system bar, the fix lies in editing your LCD density in build.prop found in the /system partition.
If it sounds complicated to you, don’t worry; it isn’t! With our previously covered free app BuildProp Editor, you can easily edit any line in the file, or you can simply go with the manual method and use any root access file explorer (like this one or this one) to edit /system/build.prop.
Once you have the file open for editing in the BuildProp Editor or any editor of your choice, simply change the entry for ro.sf.lcd_density to 170 from the current value. Once done, save and reboot. Upon reboot, you will get the familiar tablet UI on your Nexus 7 in all its glory. Yes, it’s that simple.