Yesterday morning Google announced the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and announced that it will be rolling out to Nexus devices from that day forward, including the older Nexus 7. Like all Nexus Android releases, Google is slowly releasing software over the Internet, but for Nexus 7 owners who don’t want to wait for Android 4.3 to arrive OTA, there is a way to get Nexus 7 Android 4.3. The Jelly Bean update is right now.
As expected, Google launched the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update at its Android and Chrome event yesterday. The software remains Jelly Bean but brings some improvements over Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the previous version of Android. Android 4.3 brings a few nice features to the table, including one that will be useful for Nexus 7 owners.
While Bluetooth Low Energy and OpenGL 3.0 support are great, the Android 4.3 update brings something called restricted user profiles for multi-user accounts, giving parents more access to their kids’ accounts. Perfect for a tablet like the Nexus 7 that can be used as a family device.
However, Google usually delivers Android updates extremely slowly. While most people are probably happy to wait for the Android 4.3 Over-the-Air update to arrive. many probably want to get updates on their Nexus 7 right now. And fortunately, there are several ways to do this.
The first is a simple trick that works with such updates, but it has been proven more and more that it doesn’t work. The second is to download the software directly from Google and manually install the update.
Unfortunately, the first option is the easiest. This method won’t work for every Nexus 7 owner and probably won’t work for most. Some owners use different variants of these steps to force the update so Nexus 7 users should try different combinations of these steps.
1. Go to Settings -> Apps -> All
2. Find Google Services Framework.
3. Tap Force Stop.
4. Select Clear Data.
5. Go back to Nexus 7’s Settings, go to About and check for System Update.
It’s possible for Nexus 7 owners to see a prompt again, but this method often yields less-than-stellar results, so manual installation will likely be the only way to get the update before the OTA. Unfortunately, updating manually is not an easy process.
First, this update is only for the Wi-Fi only version of the Nexus 7. The HSPA+ file has not yet been found. Second, . It’s possible that something happened to the Nexus 7 while the update was being installed. third, . Those unfamiliar with this process just have to wait for the OTA.
Manually Installing the Nexus 7 Android 4.3 Update
First, for those. The first thing to do is to install and run the Android SDK, which is absolutely necessary. Secondly, owners will also need to run the updated version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean i.e. Android 4.2. The current version of Android 4.2.2 is build .
At this point, owners will want to download Nexus 7 Wi-Fi Only Android 4.3 update from google.
After downloading this file, Nexus 7 owners running stock firmware will want to boot the device into recovery mode, connect the device to a USB cable plugged into the PC, and select the “Apply update from adb” option. From there, type ‘adb sideload’ [Insert Full File Name Here]’ and it should work its magic. Again, this is how to install software without custom recovery or root.
For those who need clarification, XDA Developers owner great guide This will get Nexus 7 owners step-by-step through this process.
What happened can be flashed via custom recovery. To do this, download the same file to internal storage, reboot into custom recovery, select “Install zip from SD card” and then select the downloaded update file to storage. It will flash and Android 4.3 will be on board.
Again, for those looking for more clarity, head XDA Developers because it will go deeper.
Google’s Android 4.3 OTA update will reach devices within the next week, so those who are not happy with this process can wait for the update to be released over Wi-Fi.
To check for the update, go to the device’s Settings, About and check for the update.