The latest update from Google, KitKat, version 4.4 of, is already available for download and manual installation for your new and shiny Nexus 7 tablet, 2013 edition.
While it’s NOT the official update from Google, as it’s based on AOSP source code of Android 4.4 that was released by Google right after announcing the Android 4.4 update.
So, if you can’t wait for official update, which is only 2-3 weeks away, install the Android 4.4 on Nexus 7 2013, K008, now, and enjoy the KitKat right away, even before Nexus 5 — the launch device of KitKat — user get to play with it.
Also, know that this Android 4.4 ROM for Nexus 7 2013 is in early stages of development, and is still buggy at some places. So, you may experience apps force closing sometimes.
Note: You need a custom recovery to be able to install the Android 4.4 ROM we’ve got here.
If you don’t have a custom recovery, install the TWRP recovery now using this link. You will need to unlock bootloader of your Nexus 7 first for this! Make full backup first before going for it.
If you need ClockworkMod recovery (CWM) for your Nexus 7, then install the TWRP recovery first using the link just above, then root it using instructions on the same page, and then install ROM Manage free app from play store and install the non-touch version of CWM recovery (works perfect!) using that app, for free.
WARNING! You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.
CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO. To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be Nexus7, K008!
BEFORE YOU BEGIN.. You must do this pre-installation stuff before attempting to install the ROM on your Nexus 7 (2013) in order to avoid any complications later, and have a smooth and successful process.
BACK UP YOUR DEVICE Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.
INSTALL GOOGLE NEXUS 7 (2013) DRIVER You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully install a firmware on your Google Nexus 7. In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Nexus 7 on your computer.
CHARGE YOUR DEVICE If your android device powers off due to lack of battery while the process is underway, it could damage the device.
So, make sure your device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.
EXAMPLE VIDEO If you haven’t used a custom recovery, either CWM or TWRP, before, to install a .zip file of a ROM on anything else, then we suggest you first watch a video of that, given right below, to get familiar with the process.
Just fyi, the video below shows installing a .zip file (of recovery) on Galaxy S3, but it doesn’t matter as the process remains exactly same. So, once you are finished with video, jump to downloads and step-by-step guide below.
GOOGLE NEXUS 7 (2013) ANDROID 4.4 KITKAT UPDATE DOWNLOADS Reminder: Before you proceed, make sure you’ve transferred the files you downloaded above to a separate folder on your tablet.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE Make sure you have backed up your tablet adequately (including important data stored on internal memory). Also create a nandroid backup using your recovery for additional safety.
You’ll need either CWM or TWRP recovery for installing the AOSP Android 4.4 ROM on your Google Nexus 7, 2013 edition. And since CWM and TWRP recoveries function differently we’ve put together separate guides for both of them.
So if you’re a CWM user, follow the CWM users guide and if you’re a TWRP user follow the guide for TWRP users.
GUIDE FOR CLOCKWORKMOD RECOVERY (CWM) That’s all. Your Nexus 7 will now reboot and it will take some time as it’ll be tablet’s first boot after installing Android 4.4, be extremely excited for this!
GUIDE USING TWRP RECOVERY That’s all. Your tablet will now reboot and it will take some time as it’ll be tablet’s first boot after installing Android 4.4, KitKat. Be very excited, man!
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