Google Nexus 7 (2013) owners can now get the latest Android OS on their device. The custom ROM developer community AICP (Android Ice Cold Project) has released the latest Android Nougat-based firmware for the flagship tablet.
The unofficial AICP software comes with all the Nougat features, including battery optimization, split screen, revamped interface, performance tweaks, exclusive themes, and other value-added features. However, the new Nougat custom ROM is an experimental version and may contain bugs in it. So, try the new software at tour own risk.
Things To Know Before Installation
1. Installing custom ROM makes the company warranty void. You will no longer be eligible for updates in future. [The warranty can be restored by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
2. You will need to root the device before going forward for custom ROM installation.
3. The new Android Nougat custom ROM series is only applicable for Google Nexus 7 LTE (aka Deb) and Wi-Fi only (aka Flo) 2013 series models. To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number].
4. Installation process will clear of memory in the tablet. Make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
5. Remember to install the USB driver in the PC, or else your Nexus 7 will not be recognized by the computer.
6. Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery before starting installation process is interrupted mid-way.
How To Install Android Nougat via AICP Custom ROM On Google Nexus 7(2013):
2. Paste Android 7.0 Nougat custom ROM .zip file into the device’s memory [only in SD card root]. Now turn off the smartphone and disconnect from the PC.
3. Perform the regular ‘Bootloader Mode’ by pressing holding ‘Volume (up)’, ‘Volume (down)’ and ‘Power’ buttons.
4. Next, go to ClockworkMod Recovery mode and clear the device memory by choosing ‘wipe data/factory reset’ [Use Volume keys to navigate and power button to select options].
5. Then, clear the cache memory by selecting ‘wipe cache partition’.
6. Now, go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select ‘advanced’ and tap ‘wipe dalvik cache’ [This step is optional, but many recommend to avoid boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation].
7. Return to main recovery screen and then select ‘install zip from SD card’.
8. Select ‘choose zip from SD card’ and go to Android 7.0 ROM .zip file in storage and enter the installation process.
9. Repeat the same procedure to install Google Apps.
10. Once the installation process is over, go to ‘+++++Go Back+++++’ and restart the device by selecting ‘reboot system now’ seen in the recovery menu.
11. The Google Nexus 7 (2013) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process. Go to ‘Settings’ >> select ‘About device’ to confirm the installation of Android Nougat update.
Disclaimer: This procedure should only be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, it might cause irreversible damage.