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Summary:

Google is rolling out Android 4.1.2 to Nexus 7 tablets around the world, but it could take time before your slate sees it. Here’s how to get it now along with a video of the updates to notifications that Google included in the software.

Nexus 7 home screen in landscape

Got a Google Nexus 7 tablet that still hasn’t seen the official update to Android 4.1.2? You might be anxious since the minor software tweak adds landscape support for your tablet’s home screen, so if you’re feeling adventurous, Android Police has the update process well documented here.

You will need a PC, Mac or Linux system with the Android SDK installed but your Nexus 7 doesn’t have to be rooted for this process to work. You’ll also need to download the 31.3 MB system update directly from Google. Once you have that, along with a USB cable to connect your Nexus 7 to your computer, a few command lines and a tablet reboot into Recovery Mode will do the trick.

It turns out that while Android 4.1.2 adds the helpful home screen rotation, Android Police found that Google has tweaked a few other bits as well. Aside from some setting screen relabeling, notifications now expand to show more information. Here’s a video look of the change, which you’ll see after upgrading to Android 4.1.2.

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  1. Now tell us how to get it on our HTC phones.

  2. I saw a notification in the status bar saying “System Update Available,” so I downloaded it. The update renders my Nexus 7 entirely useless due to the fact that there is no longer a status bar, home button, back button, or multitasking button.

    1. Sounds like a bad update process to me. I’d first reboot to see if the problem resolves and if not, I’d look at factory restoring the device to the default firmware. You should be able to do that by entering Recovery Mode.

      1. I was about to do that. I went ahead and tried to restart the device so that I could enter settings and restore it, but when I tried to turn it back on it didn’t do anything. It’s been about seven hours now, and it still doesn’t turn on. Any ideas?

        1. Yikes! Here’s what I’d try if it were mine. I’d plug it in to ensure the battery is charged; hopefully it shows the charging icon, even when off. Once I was sure the device was charged, I’d try to get into Recovery Mode. Easiest method: Hold Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. The device should launch in a mode that lets you choose between Start, Restart Bootloader, Recovery, etc…. Use the volume buttons to toggle through these modes hit the Power button to select Recovery. From there, you should have options to wipe data, restore, etc… Bear in mind that you may lose your data by following this procedure. Hope this helps!

  3. …a few command lines and a tablet reboot into Recovery Mode will do the trick.

    What are the command lines? I have the zip file on my tablet but can’t do anything with it.

  4. What happened to the rest of the instructions?

  5. Downloaded and installed the update directly to my Nexus 7 and have yet to see any problems. Love the new landscape view as.

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