November 13, 2013 By: TK
The Google Nexus 5 was just released a few weeks ago, packing Android 4.4 Kit Kat. The Nexus 7 (2013) was released not that long ago, and officially received KitKat earlier today. KitKat brings a nice new feature that allows you to record the screen on your device. Previously, this required (paid) third party apps. And even then, many faced compatibility issues with certain SoCs and ROMs.
The new feature has one major down side, though. You must be connected to your PC to start the process. However, XDA Senior Member prsterero brings us a user-friendly PC interface that simplifies the process and allows you to control the screen recording functionality from your Windows-based computer. It also allows you to backup your media content and TWRP backups to your desktop PC. It does not (and is not intended to) unlock, root, or modify your device, but there are plenty of toolkits available for that already.
Head over to the utility thread for the details.
November 13, 2013 By: eagleeyetom
Google has announced on the official Android Google+ that starting today, the Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 will receive an over-the-air update to Android 4.4 KitKat. According to Google, the Nexus 4 and versions of the Nexus 7 with mobile data will be getting the update soon as well.
KitKat was released nearly two weeks ago, and it brought many improvements in security and user-facing features. Google promised that older Nexus devices, unfortunately not including the Galaxy Nexus, would receive an update to Android 4.4 within few weeks. Today’s announcement now reaffirms this. It didn’t take long for developers here on XDA to bake some unofficial ports for these devices. But unfortunately, not everything was perfect in these early builds. Now, however, the unofficial builds will also benefit, as Google will also release the proprietary binaries required to build a fully working system.
We all hoped that it wouldn’t take long for Google to push out the OTA updates for all supported devices. And soon, current Nexus owners will be able to enjoy official KitKat. In the meantime, head over to your device-specific forum and keep an eye out for system dumps and OTAs available to flash.
November 10, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
A little under a year ago, we talked about a rather unique multiboot solution available for the Google Nexus 7 (2012). The tool, which was developed by XDA Recognized Developer Tasssadar, differed from most other multiboot solutions available on other devices because it streamlined the process and requires no modification of your device’s bootloader or existing /system partition. It did, however, require modification to the /data partition, but things were still more civilized than most other multiboot solutions due to the integrated installer app.
Now, Tasssadar’s MultiROM solution has been extended to also support the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013). Just as before, the main staple of MultiROM is its ability to allow you to boot into any number of Android ROMs. In addition to adding support for the two new devices, however, MultiROM has undergone a whole host of improvements over the last year.
For starters, MultiROM now allows you to restore from an existing Nandroid backup for use as a secondary ROM. This is an extremely practical feature because it allows you to make a backup of your existing ROM and transfer it to the secondary installation so that you can objectively compare results when flashing modifications.
Tasssadar has also removed one of the key limitations from last year’s release. Before, all ROMs had to be installed on internal memory. This presented somewhat of a challenge to many since modern Nexus devices lack external SD card expansion slots. Now, MultiROM allows you to use a USB-OTG cable and connected USB storage to house the ROMs off of device storage.
To get started, visit the appropriate thread below:
[Thanks to Tasssadar and Nikwen for the heads up!]
November 1, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
What an exciting day we had yesterday. As was widely speculated, the Google Nexus 5 was finally released, which means that you can finally put that F5 key to rest. However, the new device wasn’t the only important announcement yesterday. We were also given a nice dose of the next version of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. Now the question in everybody‘s mind undoubtedly turns to when their device will get the update. Luckily, we now know the roadmap for certain key devices. READ ON »
The Nexus 7 (2013) has been out since the late July, and many have enjoyed the device, which features numerous improvements over last year’s model. That said, many users have reported multi-touch issues right out of the box, and Google tried to address the issue back in August with the JSS15Q update. Sadly, this update didn’t fix the issue for all users, and it even brought on new touch issues for some who previously had none.
XDA Recognized Contributor sfhub came up with steps to fix the multi-touch issues for a purported 75% of the Nexus 7 (2013) users.
Don’t you hate it when you have a workable system, then an update comes along which fixes something, let’s say GPS, but then your touchscreen goes down the tubes?
Never fear, I’ve put together packages to handle 3 different variances of the touchscreen.
I was able to make the touchscreen usable again on 3 of 4 test units.
To learn more about the process and lock in the working “fix” so that no future update impacts your screen responsiveness in the future, check out the original thread.
October 9, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
A few days ago, we mentioned that the JLS36I update to Android 4.3.1 had begun rolling out to LTE-enabled Nexus 7 (2013) tablets. However, at the time, we found it a bit curious that there was no associated restore image available on Google’s Nexus Factory Images website. Even though the incremental OTA links had been captured and the files themselves mirrored, it’s always nice to have a full restore image of the latest firmware just in case.
Now, Google has finally made the factory restore images available for download. We’re still unsure what (if any) user-visible changes have occurred since then. Some seem to think there may be something related to a kiosk mode, but we’re unable to verify that. Regardless, any update is progress, and being able to flash it directly is always good.
If you haven’t received the OTA or would just like to have a copy, make your way over to the Nexus Factory Images page and download away. And if you have any idea as to what has changed in 4.3.1, which is exclusive to the LTE-enabled variant, let us know in the comments section below.
October 7, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9005 region lock has been removed by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he covers all of the important stories from this weekend. Included in this recap is an article reporting that Android 4.3.1 is coming to the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE and the announcement that you can use Google Now in any language.
In other important news, Jordan talks about call recording on the Sony Xperia V and maybe other devices. Finally, Jordan talks about Editor-in-Chief Will Verduzco‘s piece on just how safe you really are on Android. Be sure to check out other videos on on XDA Developer TV. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
October 5, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
What’s the main advantage of owning a Nexus device? There’s the easily unlockable bootloader, the stock Android experience sans OEM “value added” software, and various other perks. OK, fine. There are quite a few advantages to owning a Nexus device. That said, for most end users, it’s the promise of timely updates for as long as the hardware is relevant.
On the topic of updates, a new OTA is rolling out to LTE-enabled Nexus 7 (2013) devices, bringing the device to Android 4.3.1 (build JLS36I). It is not clear at this time what is updated in this new build. However, given that the update is rather small (under 10 MB), we don’t expect major changes to be present.
The image for the updated firmware is not yet available on the Nexus Factory Images website. Luckily, the nice folks over at AndroidPolice have captured the OTA links so that you can update your own device without having to wait. Hit up the source link below to get in on the action.
[Thanks to XDA Senior Member nikwen for the tip!]
September 18, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Google released the new Nexus 7 (2013) and everyone has been waiting with baited breath for XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler to do one of his famous XDA Unboxings. In an XDA Unboxing, Adam tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. He then identifies some of the components and tells us what they do.
In this episode, AdamOutler shows off the New Nexus 7 (2013), and he strips it down to its bare bones. He then shows you how to do a screen replacement. He finishes off the video by showing you how to install TWRP recovery. After further tweaking, Adam fixed the mushy button issue. Anyway, check out this video.
September 12, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
The Google Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) is a fantastic little tablet. Packing speedy enough internals, a fantastic screen, and the latest version of Android into a sleek and finger friendly enclosure; the new Nexus 7 is great for what it is. That said, it’s not perfect.
A common complaint on the new Nexus 7 been the quality of its hardware buttons. Many units (mine included) lack rewarding and clicky button feedback when depressed. This issue seems to present itself most on the power button, which may be caused by glue used during assembly seeping under the button contacts.
Normally, this sort of problem wouldn’t be something you could easily change, and if your device is genuinely defective, we still recommend seeking out a replacement. But as we all know, this never stopped XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler, a man who’s created a whole new kind of unboxing, turned devices into other devices, and given new freedom to restricted devices.
Head over to the original thread to see how he did it. However, as with any hardware modification, proceed with extreme caution. If you’ve not had experience opening your device before, you could very well end up with a $230 paperweight.
August 26, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
With a new set of Nexus factory images, the Nexus 7 (2013) multi-touch and GPS issues have been eased. That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this week’s news is an article about dual booting on the HTC Pico and the guide to compile TWRP for your device.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video talking about how to choose a killer app idea, and later he released a video talking about the smart way to price your app. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
August 25, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
With the launch of the original Google Nexus 7 well over a year ago, we saw the first appearance of the interface affectionately known as “Phablet UI.” Not quite the standard 10″ tablet layout that we had first seen in Honeycomb and certainly not the phone layout; this new layout was essentially a combination of the two depending on orientation, application, and so on. Many have grown to tolerate and even favor the layout on the 7″ form factor, and there is certainly good rationale behind the shift. However, this isn’t the whole story, as its effects on SystemUI.apk also caused the Android soft keys and notification area to become separated and thus require more display space on an already cramped screen.
Ever since Paranoid Android appeared some time ago, we’ve been easily able to swap both layouts and dpi on a per-app basis. This meant that if we wanted to, we could easily keep all applications at default, and only modify SystemUI.apk to show up in tablet layout. This allows us to combine the notification and softkey areas, while leaving everything else untouched. However, there are those who would prefer to stay as close to stock as possible, and they would have previously been out of luck.
Now, thanks to XDA Forum Member Caldair and previous work done by a host of other developers cited in his thread, you can get Tablet UI for SystemUI.apk on the 2013 Nexus 7 running stock, rooted JSS15Q. The modification is not without its faults, though. For starters, applying the mod seems to not play nicely with the stock launcher, so users must install an aftermarket launcher. Secondly, the quick toggles will no longer work when the modification is applied. Despite the flaws, however, many will be eager to make the most of the limited screen real estate and switch to Tablet UI. Best of all, the developer has provided restore files for those who may have forgotten to create a backup of the original files before flashing.
August 22, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Not too long ago, we brought you news of the Nexus 7 (2013) Factory Image situation and the drama that ensued. Luckily, it wasn’t too long before the world was made right once again, and the factory images and driver binaries for the device were released. For those keeping track, this was build JSS15J for the 2013 Nexus 7 and JWR66V for the rest of the current Nexus stable. Now, a new build has emerged, and it is build JSS15Q for the 2013 Nexus 7 and JWR66Y for the others.
So what does this update bring? This is essentially a minor revision for the Nexus 4, 2012 Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the GSM Galaxy Nexus. Aside from a security fix and some camera, NFC, and auto-brightness tweaks, not much has been changed. However, if you’re currently using the 2013 Nexus 7, you’re in for a treat. In addition to the above changes, the latest update supposedly fixes the GPS and multi-touch issues experienced by certain users. Also of note is that driver binaries are now available for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus running 4.3 JWR66Y, which bodes well for a firmware update in the near future.
To learn more about the changes made on the 2013 Nexus 7 build, head over to XDA Recognized Contributor sfhub‘s original thread. To get the goods on your own Nexus device without the wait, head over to the Nexus Factory Images page. Finally, if you wish to build your own ROMs from source for your Nexus device(s) and want the latest driver binaries, head over to the Nexus Driver Binaries page.
Did this update fix your 2013 Nexus 7′s GPS woes and erratic multi-touch? Let us know what you think of the updates in the comment box below!