09
Oct
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Android maintainer "JBQ" just broke the news that Android 4.1.2 was being released into AOSP today, and now we're hearing that a matching OTA update is being pushed to the Nexus 7 as we speak. It's 31.3MB in size, and the build number JZO54K. If you're not finding the update when you check, don't worry - it'll get there. The rollout is likely staggered and limited to a smaller group of devices to start. None of our N7s have found the update yet, either.

Update: Here's how to flash the update manually, even if you're not rooted.

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Aside from the addition of landscape mode in the launcher, the update dialog indicates performance and stability improvements, as well as bug fixes (thanks for the fine detail there, Google). While landscape has been possible with custom ROMs and launchers, the fact that it's now included in the stock experience will certainly delight a great many people. What's your take, was landscape a much-needed feature, or will you be keeping that orientation lock on in perpetuity?

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    That's going to be useful for those bluetooth keyboards and docks.

  • Havoc70

    Yes Finally landscape built in!

  • Allen

    I kind of hope this update fixes some of the slowdown issues that the device has been having. Like having less than 3GB of storage available, and the Google Currents background data issue.

  • http://twitter.com/brandonb927 Brandon Brown

    I've been waiting for Landscape mode for ages in the stock ROM

  • Rob ZionFreak

    Why didn't they edit the script and make the camera for vid 720p so folks do not have to root it to do so?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Because a mediocre front-facing camera designed pretty exclusively for video chat use over the web doesn't need 720p.

      • Kenny O

        I never understood the desire to mod the camera to shoot 720p video in the first place.

        • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

          probably one of those "because I can" things

    • marcusmaximus04

      What kind of upload speeds are you getting that you'd even be capable of transmitting 720p?

  • Samvith V Rao

    gimmicky actually

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    I personally keep my launcher locked in portrait anyways (I use Apex), but more performance and stability are always welcome...even if I don't know how they could make the Nexus 7 any faster than it already is!

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Would be a little more useful if they added the ability to use tablet layout. I'll stick with DPI-mods and CM10.

    • Matti

      I too, would have preferred an option to go back to the old tablet layout. By old, I mean Honeycomb-esque where the had a single bar at the bottom the had navigation, notifications and clock. I liked that layout, and I understand it's still used on 10" JB devices, so why not give 7" models the option?

    • Simon Belmont

      I like the tablet layout too. I've used that layout via unofficial CM9 on my Nook Color for a while now and I prefer it.

      When I get the 32GB Nexus 7, I may seek to switch it to the tablet layout. BUT, maybe the phablet layout will grow on me.

  • http://twitter.com/Mena_Marco Marco Mena

    I don't really care about such a feature cuz everytime the launcher rotates you have to wait for it to redraw all the widgets.

  • Bruce Taggart

    i always enjoy the option to landscape...it was missed.

  • Kenny O

    Random question, Does anyone else's touchscreen act strange from time to time? At random times mine is not very responsive when typing and a few other times it's as if the screen is being pressed (random things open, screens scroll) without me touching it.

    • Preston

      Happens to me all the time

      • Kenny O

        I notice the screen pressing thing the most when the tablet works harder or gets warmer - It seems to do it more often when I'm playing Plague Inc. A reset always fixes it......The more annoying thing is the touchscreen sensitivity when I'm trying to type something, I can't seem to find a pattern with that.

        • Preston

          Exactly! During Plague Inc. is when it did it a LOT. I had the problem before downloading the app, but it definitely made it worse. It definitely has happened when typing, too.

        • Ashton Lafferty

          Turning the screen on and off fixes it for me. I never need to reset.

    • Lukas Funk

      Encountered that, too. Do you also get a messy screen when pressing harder on certain regions of the screen? Recorded it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx6TB7xBBjc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

      Contacted Google and was promised replacement.

      • Kenny O

        I don't seem to be having the messy screen issue.

    • Guest

      Are you using a wall outlet with a non-factory included usb? That can cause problems with the way touchscreens work.

      • Kenny O

        Just once when I first got the device, but I noticed it charged the device so slowly that since that one time I've always used the cable and charger that came with the tablet.

    • yeh

      Probably because you're using an Android device. Just a thought.

      • apple=moneypit=scam

        Lol at least we're not running a six year old os and the same product

    • Joshua Sutton

      Same thing here. The on/off thing fixes it for me as well, but it's very annoying when playing a game like Dead Trigger. I think heat has a lot to do with it also.

    • Thorfinn_Hausakljuv

      Mine does, and seems worse when air is blowing on the screen, as from a fan.

    • brando56894

      rarely ever, if you're rooted flash these drivers and it will help fix it: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1905961

    • PissPot

      This is a known issue, you need only search the xda forums and you will see a trend. Many users are experiencing this myself included.

      I'm now on my second N7. Its a defect and my advice to people is to return it if it is still under warranty.

      Other issues include blown speakers, screen lift (missing or loose screws) and touch screen responsiveness issues) all of which are defects and should be returned. I doubt this patch would address any of these.

      Google seems to turn a blind eye on these issues.

      • Jens Knutson

        Are they really "turning a blind eye" if they're accepting returns? What else do you want them to do?

    • http://twitter.com/tsaroafterdark Tsaro Lion

      I had the screen sensitivity issue that you're describing, I had my device replaced under warranty and the issue is gone now, sleeping the screen temporarily fixed it but I dont have the issue with the replacement tablet.

    • z3razerviper

      From what I have been reading and have experienced It seems to be related to how full your device storage is. For example when I have less than 3GB free the device does it ALL the time more that that free its good most of the time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.heisenberg Nicholas Heisenberg

      Yep, this is definitely a real bug, however, it is not specific to the Nexus 7. Believe it or not, this is a Jellybean bug, likely due to power-management issues. It's a problem with the way the code is written to use all hardware, and this is what some unknowingly refer to as "the lag issue". Many are under the impression it's their specific device, and some think Android is laggy as a whole. ICS and JB were the start of very powerful software environments for Android, and at the moment, it's still a work in progress. I've noticed that it also happens when there is a quick increase in multi-touch activity, causing the temporary slowness until the screen is turned off and on.
      I suspect it might have something to do with SmartReflex and temperature throttling, both of which drastically conserve power when overheated or overloaded. I can guarantee you this will be figured out pretty quickly, its just taken awhile for most to really notice it, depending on their frequency of use. The way project butter recognizes touch input, and predicts your swiping will likely have to be tweaked too.
      Android has come a long way, and for the most part, this doesn't get in the way of the experience as a whole. The coding of the OS, and the hardware it's used on will just require a closer look, and increases in power need to be compensated for. It wouldn't happen if we had single processes running, yet we wouldn't be able to do the things we've come to love. Give it a little more time and remember what they say about software development: once you fix one bug, another two arise. This happens to the best of them, and I'll take this for now rather than go back to a Gingerbread like software environment. It's also nice to think that its not really your hardware's fault. I experience it on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Nexus 7.

    • maurid

      That happened to me when I was charging my Nexus Phone with a fake charger. Don't know if it has anything to do with you situation.

  • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

    Landscape mode has been missed. I use Nova in place of stock just for landscape mode. I hope they also fixed the minor performance issues with it, as my N7 seems just a bit sluggish switching to landscape. Once it's there, it's fine, however.

    EDIT: It'd also be nice if they let the lockscreen switch to landscape.

    • bevardimusg

      oh god damn it, they didn't include landscape on the lock screen? I was all excited to get home and update my tablet, and now this is gonna annoy me. grrr

      • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

        haha calm down... I don't know that they didn't, since I haven't gotten the update yet. I was just stating that I hope they do. Sorry for that confusion. :)

        • bevardimusg

          I see... thanks for the update. Can anyone who got the update already confirm or deny lock screen rotation?

          • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

            It does indeed add landscape lockscreen. You can also get the update straight from Google and flash it via Clockwork, as shown here on OMGDroid. :)

            http://omgdroid.com/?p=25616

            Good luck, sir! :)

          • bevardimusg

            HAPPY DAY!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6706714 Ofir Fatal

    Ok I'm sorry for being "that guy" but the usual question comes up: "Will this break root?". I'm running stock with SU access, is it likely that I can just download the OTA and re-root without losing all of my data?

    • Rick Hahn
      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6706714 Ofir Fatal

        Excellent, thank you both for the help. hopefully I can avoid the noob questions in the future :)

      • fixxmyhead

        so will u lose ur data if u update? anyone know? im not home to check on N7

        also will it wipe data on galaxy nexus too? (dont want to get my wife pissed at me cuz i told her to update it and then find out it wiped her data)

      • Zaatour36

        thanks, totally forgot about it ;)

      • Havoc70

        According to the play store its not compatible with the N7.

    • marcusmaximus04

      It's a Nexus... the only way to re-lock the bootloader would be for you to manually do so in fastboot(by issuing the fastboot-oem-lock command from a terminal in an attached computer)

    • Dean Smith

      i updated mine today and lost root, but it remained unlocked so I rooted again and it worked.
      No loss of data

  • Juhani

    It is definitely a needed feature when connecting an external keyboard to the tab.

  • skitchbeatz

    I wonder what other fixes come with the 0.0.1 bump

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    I wasted .25 cents on nova prime! lol!

    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      To be fair, Nova Prime does come with a ton of extra features besides just that =P

      • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

        True.

        • http://twitter.com/BroMonty Joe Montgomery

          I'm still using Nova just so I can make the homescreens less cluttered. With 5 homescreens and folder support, you dont need 6 columns on every screen. I changed mine to 5 and it looks much nicer.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    I talked with the keyboard developer, regarding Spanish (And other layouts). You see, in the spanish layout, they switched ! and ? for their much less used ¡ and ¿ cousins. I complained and he said that it was fixed upstream and that It'll be part of the next release. Here's hoping that it was really fixed, as this has made 4.1 an absolute nightmare for me.

    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      I checked the changelog. It's not part of 4.1.2. Dammit.

  • Xeltos

    Can you run benchmarks again to find the performance gain?

  • fixxmyhead

    just to let everyone know landscape mode was possible with old firmware with this mod .rooted of course. u just had to add a line of code to the build prop

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=29413138

  • mudrii

    My N7 got the update second N7 waiting

  • bevardimusg

    jesus christ thank god they added landscape! What a stupid thing to have to root for before! I also hope that the "minor bug fixes" include a fix for the problem that thousands of N7 users are having with the touch-screen becoming unresponsive (although that may be a hardware issue).

    • RedColoredGlasses

      You did not have to root to have landscape. I have not rooted mine (did not see a need) and I just use holo launcher. I have not seen the update push to my device yet, but I am looking forward to the update. The only complaint I have had is that turning on the device sometimes takes too long.

      • bevardimusg

        OK, you win this round. But whether you choose to root (to edit build.prop), or install a custom launcher, or get an app that enables rotation, this is just SUCH a basic thing to include in a stock launcher! Just a simple checkmark in the same menu that you find the other screen-rotation option would be nice! "Enable Launcher rotation: y or n" DONE. Why is that not included on EVERY Android device? I don't understand that at all.

  • bevardimusg

    Oh yeah one more thing I always like to add to any articles having to do with the N7: WHERE THE HELL IS MY POGO-PIN DOCK FOR THIS TABLET?!?!?

  • OrdinaryAmerican

    Landscape launcher is at the very tippy tippy top of my wish list. I came to Nexus 7 from the Kindle Fire---and was totally disappointed to find that after closing out a game, I had to turn the device in-order to see the app screen "right-side-up".
    I found an app in the Play Store called "Rotate" which does allow the screen to work in landscape mode, but I'm guessing the factory re-set will work even better.

  • Matthew Fry

    The launcher not having landscape is such a pain. Switching between landscape apps, pain.

  • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

    I'm just going to leave this right here...

    http://omgdroid.com/?p=25616

  • guest2

    Removing googles device checks in the updater script allowed me to manually flash it from TWRP without adding the removed system apps back.

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