If you're looking for the Android 4.2.2 update for the Nexus 7 3G, good news: we've got the link to download it from Google's servers (download). To get a sense of what's new in Android 4.2.2, check out our post on the new features here. And if you want an even deeper dive into the changes, you can check out the developer changelog here.
So, how do you go about flashing the Android 4.2.2 update to your Nexus 7 3G right now, instead of waiting for it to be pushed to your device over the air? Well, just keep reading, and you'll find out.
So this is interesting, Google just updated the product page for every Nexus 7 model on the Play Store, and the change on every one is the same: estimated battery life. Previously, the Nexus 7 was listed as having "Up to 8 hours of active use," but now the figure has been revised to 10 hours - within a day's time of the release of the Android 4.2.2 update (manual update download here).
Update 2/13/13: Google just reverted all the Nexus 7 pages back to 8 hours. Why must you toy with our feelings like that?
We've been digging for new features and changes in Android 4.2.2 (see here, here, and here), but we've yet to see anything specific about improved battery life.
We've already identified some obvious user-facing changes, which we'll post about separately soon to keep it clean and organized. The purpose of this post is, as before, to find the low-level changes that may not be obvious. So move the beard out of the way and dig in.
While the official OTA update to Android 4.2.2 began rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 7, and 10 last night, you may not have received it yet. We already posted a link for the Galaxy Nexus takju build, but now we've got a couple more to share.
Update: JDQ39 from JOP40F for the Nexus 10 added.
Nexus 7: Android 4.2.2 update (JDQ39 from JOP40D, 47.7MB) (Note: Wi-Fi model only, aka grouper/nakasi)
Nexus owners may have a reason to stay up tonight, as a couple of Reddit users report that Android 4.2.2 has begun rolling out to the GSM Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7.
There's not much word regarding what the update (which carries build JDQ39) includes just yet, but readers may remember that Google promised a Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming fix in the "next release" of 4.2 after 4.2.1.
Update 2: 1SaleADay has now decided that its 16GB Nexus 7 was worth $250 originally, as opposed to the $260 'list price' when we posted this story. At least they're getting closer.
Hey, are you the sort of person that likes getting a bad deal disguised as a good deal on the internet? No? Me neither. But 1SaleADay seems to be looking for the poor souls uninformed enough to believe a refurbished 16GB Nexus 7 was worth $260 new (yes, they couldn't even be bothered to say $250), and that this refurb is an absolute steal at just $190. Update: They've since changed it to $180.
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Now that the new-year's CES craziness is at an end, we thought we'd continue where we left off in 2012 - doing awesome giveaways. Today's is no exception, and comes to us courtesy of Basatne, an online electronics retail store that offers hot-ticket gear to buyers from all over the world.
After months of speculation, pre-orders, and cameo appearances, it's finally here (kind of) – one of the precious few official Nexus accessories users have ever been able to purchase: the Nexus 7 Dock. After snapping one up when they appeared at B&H, I was one of the unlucky handful to receive a "we regret to inform you" email, noting that the dock was not, in fact, available yet. Just a few days later, though, my dock showed up in the mail.
Stop holding your Nexus 7 in your hands like a chump and check this out. These industrious modders have built and installed complete Nexus 7 mounting systems in a Subaru STi and Toyota Celica. The Toyota owner even created a launcher skin to go with the mod. The skin, of course, is based on Knight Rider (seen below).
The modder with the Toyota used Nova Launcher, UCCW, and Simple Text to build a simple Knight Rider UI that gives access to the most commonly used functions. Having something like this in your dash is probably not the safest thing, so cutting down on distraction is a good call.