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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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jerdog · Dec 5, 2012

New Nexus Devices Receive CF-Auto-Root Treatment

Unless you've been hiding under a rock somewhere, you know that Google has released a few new devices (Nexus 4 and Nexus 10), as well as a refresh to the Nexus 7. What makes this different from previous Nexus releases is that there are two new manufacturers added to the mix with Asus (Nexus 7) and LG (Nexus 4) joining Samsung (Nexus 10 as well as Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus) and HTC (Nexus One). We recently told you about...

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Former Writer · Nov 14, 2012

Boot Animation Tutorial for Nexus 7

One of the more fun ways to customize an Android device is by giving it a custom boot animation. OEM and carrier boot animations are lacking most of the time, and many don't spend a lot of time looking at the boot animation. Some, like flashaholics on the other hand, spend quite a bit of time staring at boot animations. Now there is a very in depth tutorial that helps users create their own boot animations for the Google Nexus...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 13, 2012

Android 4.2 Update Hits AOSP, SDK Updated, Latest Nexus Binaries Added

Earlier today, we brought you news of the Andriod 4.2 OTA update for GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus in the US, and Android 4.2 factory images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. While that's enough to get end users excited, Google isn't leaving ROM and app developers behind either. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has been pushed to the Android Open Source Project, and the Android SDK has bee updated with 4.2 based API17. News of the AOSP update was...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Nov 13, 2012

Android 4.2 Images for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, 4, and 10

The past few hours have been quite exciting for Nexus device owners. Earlier today, Google started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA to the Google Play variant of the GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus (takju). The OTA update file was shared with us by XDA Senior Member HAKA, along with installation instructions for all GSM/HSPA+ variants of Galaxy Nexus (yakju and yakjuxx). The method involves first installing the latest 4.1.2 takju factory image on non-takju devices, to be able to install the 4.2 update....

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jerdog · Nov 9, 2012

Ubuntu Nexus 7 Desktop Installer Available

The wonder of being part of a community like XDA is that it doesn't take long before someone catches an inspiration and starts finding ways to put different flavors of an OS on their device---or even a different OS entirely. One need only look at the HTC HD2 to find the perfect example of that inspiration with Windows Mobile 6.5, Android, Ubuntu and Meego all making an appearance on what was arguably one of HTC's most notable devices. Every time a...

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Former Writer · Nov 6, 2012

Team Liquid Releases RC7 ROM for 7 Devices

It's always fun to see AOSP-derived, source-built ROMs released for a variety of devices at once. Whether it's for five devices or for 14 devices, large scale releases mean that if you upgrade, you may be able to run the same ROM you're already familiar with. Team Liquid has recently released RC7 of their AOSP ROM to seven devices. The last time we talked about them, it was their RC3 release. The devices that got the release include both versions...

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Former Writer · Oct 18, 2012

Fix Nexus 7 Screen Separation Using Glue

The Nexus 7 screen lift issue is a pretty well known issue on the XDA forums. For those who heaven't heard, it is when the screen separates from the frame by a noticeable amount. There are many ways to fix it. Some have tried tightening the screws and removing the black foam strip. Others have tried the much more effective washer method. There is another way though---one that involves glue. XDA Senior Member ckl_88 has posted a method that uses...

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Former Writer · Oct 17, 2012

Pair a Wireless Xbox 360 Controller with a Nexus 7

Usually when we think of pairing a wireless controller to an Android device, it is a Playstation 3 or Wii controller. While there is certainly nothing wrong with this, there are those who simply prefer the Xbox 360 controller. While the wired variant has worked on Android natively for a while, there is now a way to get a Wireless Xbox 360 Controller working on a Nexus 7. XDA Senior Member sleeplessninja has figured out how to get a wireless...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 12, 2012

Google Wants to See Better Tablet Apps

The main stream media outlets like to say that the tablet market is essentially the  iPad market. They often ignore wonderful devices like the Motorola Xoom. They shrug off other devices with awesome features becoming something other than being a “big screen phone.” For example, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, with its IR blaster for controlling your entertainment system and the S-Pen for taking notes. The real issue with the Android tablet market is not the hardware, it is the software....

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 11, 2012

Android 4.1.2 Hits AOSP, Merged into CM10

The world of Android moves quickly. It seems like only yesterday Google was announcing the Nexus 7 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O in the Moscone Center. Now we hear that Jean-Baptiste Queru and the crew responsible for the AOSP released an update to 4.1.2. Along for the ride comes an OTA for the Nexus 7, which now benefits from a landscape-capable default launcher. Another feature present, and one that is accessible from all devices, is a one-touch...

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Former Writer · Oct 3, 2012

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...

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Former Writer · Oct 2, 2012

Liquid Smooth RC3 Released for 11 Devices

Who doesn't like it when development teams launch mass releases? As such it's not uncommon for us to report a dozen or so devices getting a ROM at once. Another ROM dev team has released their newest release candidate for a staggering 11 devices. The ROM series is called LiquidSmooth, and the team has quite a few developers. It is a source-built release derived from AOSP, and it borrows from a number of other development teams such as CyanogenMod and...

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Former Writer · Sep 27, 2012

Team EOS 3 Stable Released for 5 Devices

Team EOS is an incredibly talented developer group that has brought AOSP goodness to a variety of devices. In the process, they have been featured on the Portal in the past. Now, the dev team has released their latest stable build, version 3, for 5 devices. These include the Motorola Xoom, the Nexus 7, and all three versions of the Galaxy Nexus. While all builds were released by teameos, the Motorola Xoom version was posted by XDA Recognized Developer solarnz on behalf of...

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Former Writer · Sep 23, 2012

Nexus 7 Look and Feel on the Motorola Xoom

There is no doubt that the Nexus 7 is one of the current flagship Android tablets. It's not the biggest, but it's a solid, stable device for a great price---and it has great specs as well. However, not everyone can afford to upgrade their tablets, and must stay with what they have. That doesn't mean that Motorola Xoom owners can't enjoy some of the feel of the Nexus 7. XDA Senior Member emofishcake has released a mod that will give...

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Former Writer · Sep 8, 2012

720p Video Recording on the Google Nexus 7

Tablet cameras generally don't live up to their potential. There are a variety of reasons for this, but most notable is that people don't often use the camera on a tablet. A tablet is too big and bulky to be used as a camera under most circumstances, so OEMs generally don't put much work into camera software. That said, this doesn't mean that the actual camera units themselves are worthless. Rather, they can often be modded to produce better content....

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Former Writer · Sep 5, 2012

HiddenEye Helps Catch Device Thieves Red Handed

We have come quite a long way from the crazy days of chasing thieves in the middle of a crowded marketplace. Nowadays, we typically request refunds on PayPal, call the police to report items stolen,or (on Android devices) use a security app to track your phone down so you can politely ask for it back. What if you could also take a picture of the thief? Now there's an application that'll let you do that. The application is called Hidden...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Sep 3, 2012

AOKP Jelly Bean Nightlies Now Rolling Out for Nexus 7

AOKP fans who are also lucky owners of Google Nexus 7, you're in for a treat! If you have been waiting to get the latest Jelly Bean-based AOKP on your device, your wait is now over. Official AOKP nightlies have started rolling out for the Nexus 7. For those of you who are still surprisingly unfamiliar with AOKP, it's an AOSP-based Android ROM that has gained a lot of critical acclaim over the past year, and has made its reputation...

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Former Writer · Aug 28, 2012

Learn How to Build CM10 on the Nexus 7

When Jelly Bean source was first released, XDA members wasted no time putting it on anything and everything. This was also helped immensely by a guide by XDA Recognized Developer dastin1015 to help users learn to compile Jelly Bean. As Jelly Bean has become more commonplace around here, more device specific guides have been writte. Among the latest is a guide to compile CyanogenMod 10 for the Nexus 7. The tutorial comes in a Google Document shared by XDA Recognized...

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Former Writer · Aug 22, 2012

Mac Users Now Have Their Own Nexus 7 Toolkit

Very recently, we brought you news of an awesome toolkit for the Nexus 7. It brought many features and gave Nexus 7 users a stable tool to do a lot of things. However since it was for Windows users only, many Mac users were left longing for their own. Thankfully, there is now a toolkit available for Mac users to easily flash and modify their Nexus 7 devices. Released by XDA Senior Member techfanatic9, the tool is actually based off of a...

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