Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far. Warning: spoilers...
Easy-to-Follow Root Guide for the Nexus 7
Google I/O 2012 brought with it a variety of exciting announcements in both software and hardware. Many Android enthusiasts have been drooling over the 7 inch, Tegra 3 powered Nexus tablet since it’s unveiling at the kenote of the event. As you are no doubt aware, the tablet is already available for pre-order through the Play Store, where it is listed as ‘Ships Soon (2-3 weeks)’.
Power users awaiting their pre-orders won’t have to wait for a root method, though. In no time at all, the root method was documented and shared to the community—weeks before release! The process requires the use of ADB and fastboot via command line, and works on any OS as long as the Android SDK is installed.
Thanks to the unlockable bootloader on the Nexus 7, the root procedure is as simple as one would expect. XDA Forum Member FadedLite has gathered the instructions in his root tutorial thread for the lucky people already using the device or those who simply want to be prepared for their upcoming tablets. As is expected when unlocking via fastboot oem unlock, your user data will be cleared. Be sure to save all of your important data beforehand.
The Nexus 7 will arrive very soon. If development for the device continues at this speed, the tablet will undoubtedly become a community favorite!
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