Update Google Nexus 7 to Jelly Bean with AOKP Build 2 ROM [How to Install]
AOKP build 2-based Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. Photo: Google

The second iteration, AOKP build 2 based Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update, is now available for a plethora of Android smartphones and tablets, thanks to the industrious efforts of Android developers at TeamAndroid. AOKP build 2 is reportedly one of the most stable Jelly Bean custom ROMs available for Android devices lately.

Asus Google Nexus 7 is one of the lucky few devices to get the new AOKP build 2 based Android 4.1.1 update that brings a spate of new features.

Here is the complete list of new Jelly Bean features supported by AOKP build 2 firmware update:

What New Feature You Will Get

  • General
    • Kill all button in Recents panel
    • Backlight settings
    • Tablet UI on any device
    • DPI switcher
    • Custom Vibrations for Phone Calls
    • ADB over network
    • National Data Roaming option
    • Volume music controls
    • LED Brightness control
    • Charging LED
    • Boot animation preview
    • Allow full theming of Contacts & Mms
    • Allow to set color of Digital Clock Widget
    • Power menu options (airplane, screenshot, navbar toggle)
    • Ability to answer calls with hardware Home button (Winter is coming!)
  • NavBar
    • Custom Ring targets
    • Allow up to 7 Nav buttons on some devices
  • Status bar
    • IME Toggler
    • Hide ADB icon
    • Allow disabling of volume adjust sound
    • Hide signal bars
    • Weather Panel
    • WiFi & Cell signal text
  • Lockscreen
    • Allow rotation on any device
    • Added back Info-Lines (Weather, Calendar)
    • Menu unlock
    • Alternative music layout
  • Camera
    • Timer snapshot
    • Volume zoom
    • 720p recording support for grouper (front)
  • MMS
    • Display full date & time

Key Points to Note

  • The ROM and the instructions provided in this guide are compatible only with the Google Nexus 7 tablet. It will not work with any other device. Verify your device's model number by navigating to Settings > About phone.
  • IBTimes UK advises users to backup apps, important data and settings to avoid data loss while installing the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update.
  • The ROM is an unofficial, custom version based on AOSP release of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
  • The instructions given in this guide are meant for reference purpose only and do not cover any warranty claims involving device damage or issues arising out of using the AOKP build 2 firmware update for Nexus 7. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.


  • Ensure that the correct USB drivers are installed for your Nexus 7 tablet to enable connectivity with the computer. Download Google Nexus 7 USB drivers.
  • Enable USB debugging mode to help connect your Android tablet with the computer.
  • Make sure that the tablet battery is fully charged or holds at least 85 percent charge to avoid unexpected device shutdown while flashing the AOKP (build 2) custom ROM based Jelly Bean update.
  • Verify that your tablet's bootloader is factory unlocked and ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery is installed on it before proceeding with the firmware installation.

How to Install AOKP Build 2 Based Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update on Google Nexus 7

Step 1 - Download Android 4.1.1 AOKP Build 2 Jelly Bean and Google Apps for Nexus 7 on your computer.

Step 2 - Connect and mount your Nexus 7 USB mass storage on your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 - Copy/paste the Android 4.1.1 ROM zip file to the root folder on your SD card.

Step 4 - Power off your tablet and boot into bootloader mode using a button sequence. Press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together until the tablet reboots and enters the bootloader mode.

Step 5 - Follow the onscreen navigation instructions. Then choose bootloader to enter CWM Recovery mode.

Step 7 - In CWM recovery, wipe data first. Then navigate to flash zip from SD card and press the Power button to select it.

Step 8 - Hit the Power button again and tap choose zip from sdcard.

Step 9 - Use volume keys to navigate and select the ROM zip file. Then press the Power button to initiate ROM installation. Confirm the installation on next screen and the installation procedure will begin.

Step 10 - Once the ROM is installed, hit Go Back and reboot the phone by tapping reboot system now from the recovery menu. The phone will reboot now and the first boot may take about 5 minutes to complete. So, leave it alone.

AOKP ROM based Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is now installed on your Nexus 7 tablet. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware version installed.

[Source: Team Android]