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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Early Source-Built Android 4.4 Builds for Nexus 4 and 7

Ever since Google released the source code for Android 4.4 KitKat, we knew it wouldn't be long before proper, source-built ROMs were made available for certain devices. And naturally, we all expected these initial builds to appear first on some of the current Nexus fleet. That is indeed the case, as there are now builds for the Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 7 (2012), and the Google Nexus 7 (2013). These builds all come courtesy of the Paranoid Android team, and are...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Android 4.4 Coming Soon to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, Moto X, New Droids, HTC One and SGS4 GPe; No 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus

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....

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 9, 2013

Installing Ubuntu Touch on the 2012 Nexus 7 – XDA Developer TV

Last week, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan showed us how to work with developing an app in the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OS. Of course, developing an App for a device or operating system is always easier if you have a device to test it on. Luckily, Google released a new version of the Nexus 7, and the market is full of old Nexus 7s you can pick up for cheap. In this video, Jordan shows you how to install Ubuntu Touch on...

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Will Verduzco · Sep 23, 2013

Generate Nvflash Blobs for Original Nexus 7 and Other Asus Tablets with Flatline

Blob files for Nvidia Tegra-powered Asus devices are incredibly useful. This is because they allow us to easily flash images to our devices using Nvflash at an extremely low level. Given the low level at which APX (Nvflash) mode runs and how this is much more primitive than booting into a standard Android recovery partition, a device with the appropriate blobs is practically unbrickable. Thus, blob files can be used to get us out of seriously sticky situations that would otherwise...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 22, 2013

Nexus Factory Images Updated to JSS15Q and JWR66Y, 2013 Nexus 7 Multi-Touch and GPS Issues Fixed

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 2, 2013

CyanogenMod Team Announces Nemesis with Focal Camera, Android 4.3 Brings TRIM Support – XDA Developer TV

If just having the latest Android 4.3 wasn't a good enough reason to upgrade, Android 4.3 has TRIM support! That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an announcement that CyanogenMod Team has realeased Focal from Project Nemesis and some forums were added for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Huawei Ascend P6. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV....

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Jimmy McGee · Jul 31, 2013

Nexus 7: Old versus New – XDA Developer TV

Yesterday, XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin showed you how to root your New Nexus 7 (2013). With everyone excited about the new version of the Nexus 7 device and a version of Android 4.3 available for the Old Nexus 7, Kevin thought he would compare the two. Two Nexus 7 devices enter the cage; only one will exit. Kevin presents side-by-side comparisons of the New Nexus 7 (2013) versus the Old Nexus 7. Kevin compares gaming performance, web browsing performance, video...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 31, 2013

Yet Another Reason to Update to Android 4.3: TRIM Support

Android 4.3's launch last week has been nothing short of an almost resounding success. Why "almost?" Well, aside from a few issues with copy/paste, most users seem to be quite happy with the latest iteration of Jelly Bean. This level of user satisfaction is to be expected, as the latest flavor of Jelly Bean brings added performance, improved API support, additional functionality, and a few other features. One of these "other features," however, is quite important for those of us...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 24, 2013

Android 4.3 Announced and Rolling Out to Nexus Devices, Images Available

We were all expecting it. In fact, we've all been waiting for it ever since this year's Google I/O. However, that conference came and went, without a trace of Android 4.3. But after last week's Android 4.3 leak, we knew it was finally coming soon. And in today's Google event, which also marked the release of the Nexus 7 refresh, it has finally been made official. So what's new in this latest flavor of Jelly Bean? Here are some of the...

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admin · Jul 3, 2013

Introducing the XDA Development Database!

One of our goals for the year has been to better organize all of the development works (ROMs, apps, tools, kernels, etc.) on XDA. We wanted this to be useful but also to have minimal impact on how developers post to XDA and on users who are happy with the current structure of the forums. We're currently testing a system, we call the Development Database (or DevDB for short) on a handful of forums (Galaxy S II, Xperia Z, Galaxy Note...

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Jimmy McGee · Feb 27, 2013

[CONTEST] XDA Developer TV 100,000 Subscribers Contest – Win a Nexus 7

XDA Developer TV, our YouTube channel, has seen tremendous growth in the past year. We will be reaching our 100,000th subscriber soon. We decided that the best way to celebrate would be to hold a contest. We will be giving away two Nexus 7 tablets. And, both contests are open to our international followers. This contest will have two parts. We will give one of the 100,000 subscribers a Nexus 7. So if you are not subscribed, go ahead and...

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Conan Troutman · Feb 13, 2013

Android 4.2.2 Rolls Out to (Most) Current Nexus Devices

Those of you with Nexus devices will most likely have received an update to Android version 4.2.2  by now. The news of the OTA was broken on the forums yesterday by XDA Senior Member kataria.vikesh. Those of you who have not are no doubt on the verge of applying the update manually after a lengthy session of gawping at your status bar awaiting that notification. Nexus 4 owners may find themselves waiting a little longer than the rest, as there doesn't...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 9, 2013

Paranoid Android 3 Released for Four Nexus Devices

By now, you've no doubt heard of Paranoid Android. In fact, there's a good chance that if you own the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10; you're either running the ROM yourself or you've given it a try in the past. For the few unfamiliar, Paranoid Android's defining characteristic is what they call Hybrid Engine. Contrary to what many believe, this is not "tablet mode," though that is one of many things that can be accomplished using Hybrid...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jan 14, 2013

Jelly Bean 4.2.1-Based AOKP Available for Nexus Devices

Whenever there is mention of custom ROMs for Android, AOKP is one of the first to come to mind. Over the past year, the popularity of this source-built ROM has skyrocketed to make it one of the most recognizable third party development projects. Though over the past few months, several AOKP users (including myself) decided to jump ship to other ROMs because of the delay in a release based on Android 4.2. There is good news: The wait is over,...

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Former Writer · Jan 5, 2013

Use the Original Xbox Controller on Jelly Bean

Back in October, we brought you news that you could connect a XBox 360 controller to the Nexus 7. That was a nice mod because the more controllers that are compatible with an Android device, the better. This is expecially true for people who don't have other gaming systems or gaming-capable computers. Now, a very simple hardware mod can be made to make the original Xbox controller compatible with the Google Nexus 7 and presumably other devices running Jelly Bean. XDA...

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Former Writer · Jan 3, 2013

Reduce Game Lag on Nexus 7 and Other Devices with Seeder Entropy Generator

Update: Due to questionable gains and inherent drawbacks, we recommend that users please read this explanation before proceeding. Despite some truly top notch hardware, some high end Android devices still seem to have trouble with some games. There are mods out there to fix these lag issues, as the underlying cause usually equates to some issue with the processor not working to its full capacity. There is now a new fix for Nexus 7 devices to help reduce game lag. XDA Senior...

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Ian Stacy · Jan 3, 2013

Untethered webOS Port Arrives on the Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is Google's flagship 7 inch tablet. It represents both the ideals behind the Android Open Source Project and the commitment to quality hardware we have come to expect from Google's Nexus line of devices. Being on the forefront of the open source realm, it comes as no surprise that the device has seen a tremendous amount of development and modification. The device has seen ports and ROM's of every type, from Ubuntu to Jelly Bean. The latest...

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Former Writer · Dec 19, 2012

Official CM10.1 Builds for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Most of the CM10.1 releases we talk about are unofficial. That's to be expected, as most of these releases are alphas, pre-alphas, or preview builds that don't really run well, but show that work is being done. When it's official, it's usually more stable. Now, there are official CM10.1 builds out for the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. The Nexus 7 release was posted by XDA Forum Member eak1080. As is to be expected for vanilla Android...

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Former Writer · Dec 16, 2012

Share Apps Across Multiple Users on the Nexus 7

One of the more talked about features of Jelly Bean 4.2 is the ability to switch users. It started as a hidden feature in earlier versions, and has become a full blown feature in Android 4.2. While it has caused some issues for some, the functionality itself is awesome. Now, there is a method to not only share devices with multiple accounts, but share apps across accounts on the Nexus 7. XDA Forum Member jeepguy04 released an application that will allow users...

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egzthunder1 · Dec 10, 2012

Get More, Much More From Your Nexus 7 with MultiBoot

The Nexus 7 is one of the best devices for a few reasons: perfect size, loaded with power, easy to use, and most importantly best bang for your buck. Yes, it has a few quirks, which many of us are annoyed at like the lack of an SD card port (devs are working on this as we speak), but overall this is a great device for people getting started on Android, as well as for those who are more seasoned...

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