Brave souls who wish to install the Nexus 7 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update before it starts rolling out can now do so thanks to a file that can be pulled from Google’s website and installed manually.
Earlier, Google started to roll out Android 4.2 for the GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus and now, it appears that the Nexus 7 OTA is near as the company has posted a Android 4.2 Jelly Bean link on its website. Those who don’t wish to wait for it to officially roll out though can install that file and get Android 4.2 up and running early.
Those who aren’t adept at installing these files through adb or at all should just hold off. The OTA roll out should be taking place soon which is the easiest way to get the update. Once it is available, the Nexus 7 will either flash a prompt or users will be able to find the software by going into the Settings and checking for an update.
Nexus 7 owners that wish to get the software update right now though can snag the file through Google or XDA Developers forum. The instructions can be found through XDA and they are quite simple and should only take Nexus 7 owners a bit to follow and once that’s done, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be up and running on Google’s 7-inch tablet.
Android 4.2 is an incremental update from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which means that while not a massive upgrade from the previous versions, it certainly brings some fantastic features to the table.
Features of Android 4.2 include a new Photo Sphere function that allows users to take 360 degree Street View-like photos, gesture typing functionality for the keyboard, updated Google Apps, a new Daydream smart screensaver, and a Quick Settings function that pops out of the Notifications and allows users to quickly access functions like Wi-Fi and screen brightness.
The Nexus 7 joins the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus as devices that have received the Android 4.2 update. Again, the Nexus 7 Android 4.2 OTA roll out should be coming soon.