More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Nexus 7 Driver Binaries Updated, May Fix Many Issues
The Google Nexus 7 has had its share of issues since its release. There are countless threads of users reporting that they had to RMA their Nexus 7 several times before they got a unit that functioned well enough to keep. Many just got refunds. However, that hasn’t stopped the Nexus 7 from being one of the most popular new tablets. Recently, the updated (JRO03R build) driver binaries for the Nexus 7 were released, and they can potentially fix a lot of problems that people are having.
XDA Senior Member Jay Aristide repackaged the binaries for the Nexus 7 for all to share. The package includes the drivers for pretty much everything in the Nexus 7, including:
* WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS by Broadcom
* Touchscreen by ELAN
* Orientation sensor by InvenSense
* Graphics & CPU by nVidia
* DRM by Widevine
Installation can be a bit tricky. While there shouldn’t be any harm in flashing these, it’s a good idea to check and see if the custom ROM you’re using has these drivers in them already. Otherwise, it’s just flash in recovery like any other flashable zip.
These drivers could be more than most bargained for. Some in the community, including XDA Senior Member Hyperrunner have reported that these binaries can be used to fix issues. Hyperrunner’s thread says that the binary drivers can fix unresponsive touch screen issues. Many testers have confirmed that it does seem to help, while some others have reported otherwise. It seems as though the drivers fix the issue if the issue is software related, while hardware related problems remain unaffected.
There could be many more uses for these binary drivers. For more info, go to the original thread.
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