After launching its first tablet ever at this year’s edition Google I/O, a device that also happens to be the first one to run Google’s latest Android version, the company decided to release the full OS image for the Nexus 7 and make it available to anyone interested in it. The image will let Google Nexus 7 owners restore the tablet back to the original Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version (build JRN84D), in case anything wrong happens while meddling with the device. That means you won’t have to be afraid of bricking the tablet while trying out new things, although that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and go wild on your Nexus tablet, especially if you’re not comfortable rooting the device, installing custom ROMs or performing other similar procedures. The OS image, codenamed “nakasi,” a music form, is available to download from Google’s developers site and measures just under 250MB in size. NEXT: Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean OTA update available for download, with a twist Learn all about Android, Jelly Bean, and the Nexus 7 from the Nexus 7 Guidebook Jelly Bean monument shows up in Google campus, 24 hours before official debut of Android 4.1 This article, Google Nexus 7 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS image released , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.

After HTC released a vague statement yesterday in order to address potential Jelly Bean upgrade concerns regarding its smartphone models capable to receive the update, it’s now Samsung’s turn to dazzle us with a similar statement. And the South Korean Android device maker isn’t saying much either. Here’s the statement it released to PocketNow: Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III, and is creating new device categories with products like the Galaxy Note. Samsung has delivered the most Nexus-branded lead OS devices and we are pleased that Google will be bringing Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S customers the first experiences of Jelly Bean on a handheld device. Google has already revealed that the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus will receive the Jelly Bean upgrade in July via over-the-air (OTA) updates, and we already know that the Galaxy S3 has an almost working Jelly Bean port. We would imagine that all Samsung devices that have been upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich will get Jelly Bean but the company isn’t confirming that fact at this time. On the other hand, it’s not exactly only Samsung – or any other OEM – to blame for poor software updates. Let’s also remember that carriers are involved in releasing Android updates, so no matter how fast Samsung would be able to push out Jelly Bean ROMs for all its Android devices that support it, carriers could further delay the public roll out of those ROMs. Google is trying to make sure Android device owners will have an easier time updating their devices to the latest version of Android, but it may take a while until that happens. The […]

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Now that the Google I/O frenzy is coming to an end, we’ll have even more time to talk about the main products announced during the developers conference – the Google Nexus 7 tablet and the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system update being two of the most important ones. One of the aspects we’re probably going to hear more about in the near future, especially if the Nexus 7 is going to become the best-selling tablet Google is expecting it to be, is potential patent infringement. Since Google and its Android device-making partners are involved in all sorts of legal clashes based on patents, chances are that Google’s new tablet is already under scrutiny from the main Google rivals. Foss Patents names companies like Apple, Microsoft and Nokia among the parties that may have some patent claims against Google’s first tablet ever, and explains why each company may be interested in taking the Nexus 7 to court. Apple First and foremost, Apple is Google’s main adversary in the mobile business right now. The two have not sued each other directly yet, but ended up facing each other in various courts as Google has recently completed the Motorola purchase. Apple is targeting several Android devices made by Motorola, Samsung and HTC in a complex legal battle fought in various international courts, and some of them are also Nexus-branded – the Galaxy Nexus being one of the most recent additions to Apple’s lawsuits against Samsung. Therefore, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple sue Google over Nexus 7 patent infringement. Microsoft Microsoft is also fighting Google on several fronts, from mobile to desktop OS to software and online products. But the two giants are also involved in a series of legal conflicts, again via Motorola. Foss Patents points out that […]

Well, that didn’t take long, rooting the Google Nexus 7, a tablet that’s just two days old. Those of you that already own the device – that pretty much means Google I/O attendees and anyone else the grabbed one from them via eBay and other channels – and feel courageous enough, can now experience the Google Nexus 7 root on your own. The initial Nexus 7 root procedure, thoroughly covered at RootzWiki, was not as easy as you may have expect it to be, according to Android developer birdman: This isn’t going to be super simple. Its [sic] not ment [sic] to be. but here is one quick and dirty method for root. I recommend you make sure you’re on the latest version of jellybean first. I’ll make this guide easier later. Doing things on public internet and tether sucks. But it looks like the same birdman posted an easier ClockworkMod and root method on the same site a few hours after announcing the first rooting procedure. That doesn’t mean we encourage you to root your Nexus 7 units, or any other device for that matter, and while we keep you updated on rooting and flashing custom ROMs on your Android devices you’ll be the only person responsible for whatever happens with your device while pursuing such endeavors. In case you go forward with any customization process, make sure you back up your data first, and that you follow closely the tutorials available for each procedure. As for the Nexus 7 root, you’ll have to be patient and wait for your Nexus pre-order to ship before you can do any rooting of your own. In the mean time lets hear it from those lucky Nexus 7 owners that have rooted their devices! Is there anything worth reporting? NEXT: Root the […]

There isn’t much to do between now and the time when the new Nexus 7 will start shipping, other than pre-ordering the tablet. But if you feel up to some instructional literature, the Nexus 7 Guidebook is available over in Google Play for free. The 84-page long book is an instruction manual for the new 7-incher from Google and Asus, but what should draw your attention most is the section dedicated to Jelly Bean. You’ll get a better understanding of all the new features in Android 4.1, so as to be fully prepared when the time comes to play with Google’s latest toy. The OS’ resizable widgets, Google Now voice assistant, and expandable notifications are just some of the functions and features thoroughly explained in the Nexus 7 Guidebook, but there are also loads of very useful tips on how to make the most out of your Jelly Bean experience. Standard Android usage is also pretty thoroughly covered in the new guidebook, and, while experienced tech users will probably browse right through most of those sections of the book, newbies might actually have a lot to learn. Although this is a pretty “thick” piece of literature, the writing style and the formatting should make the Nexus 7 Guidebook a fun reading material. Worst case scenario, you’ll still catch a few glimpses of what the new 7-incher will bring to the table and you’ll at least make the waiting a bit less painful. Unfortunately, as you might already know, Google Play still has some country restrictions for e-books, so the Nexus 7 Guidebook is not available globally. Our advice? If you can download it, just do it and don’t think twice about it! NEXT: Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean OTA update available for download, with a twist WSJ: Multiple Nexus devices coming this […]

The Google Nexus 7, officially announced two days ago during the first Google I/O 2012 keynote, is already available for pre-order form Google Play in the U.S., Canada and Australia, with Google bringing it to other international markets in the coming months. But is the Nexus 7 going to be a best-selling tablet, just like the Kindle Fire – the device targeted by Google with this Nexus tablet – was when it launched back in late 2011? Business Insider has “cornered” Hugo Barra, Google’s director of product management for Android, and the executive admitted that the “first-day pre-orders were really, really good.” Are we talking hundreds of thousands or even millions? We wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case considering that the Nexus 7 is packing quite a punch under the hood and selling for a very affordable price for a tablet. Not to mention that the Nexus 7, expected to ship next month, is already running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Barra was not willing (or allowed?) to mention the total number of Nexus 7 pre-orders for the first day of sales, but he seemed quite confident in Google’s performance so far: When [Business Insider] pressed for a ballpark figure, he gave us a knowing smirk and said “it’s big.” We’re certainly interested to hear how big that number really is and it will be interesting to see whether Google will make any announcement regarding Nexus 7 pre-order numbers at any point during the following days. Comparatively, Apple announces first weekend sales when it comes to its iOS devices because they sell really well. Third-generation iPad sales topped 3 million units at launch back in March, which made Apple a boatload of cash. On the other hand, Amazon never discloses how many Kindle e-readers or […]

Whether it’s put off by Microsoft’s own push into tablets with Surface or just taking a wait-and-see approach, HP has now confirmed that it won’t be among those offering ARM-based Windows 8 (or RT) hardware when the OS makes its long-awaited debut later this year. That possibility was first reported by SemiAccurate earlier today and has now been backed up by Bloomberg, which has the official word straight from HP spokesperson Marlene Somsak. She noted that HP will instead be focusing solely on x86-based devices, a decision that she says was “influenced by input from our customers,” adding that the “robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future.” What’s more, Somsak went on to say that HP’s first Windows 8 tablet will focus on the business market, which certainly lines up with the leaked device pictured above that surfaced a few months back. HP plans to hold off on building ARM-based Windows tablets, focus on x86 instead originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:26:00 EST.

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