Nexus 7 users can now upgrade their devices to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean using the latest custom release by SlimROMs team. The new SlimBean Build 3 ROM brings an array of unique customised features that are not found in the official firmware. Moreover, the custom build fixes the bug issues spotted in the previous version.

Nexus 7
SlimBean Build 3 ROM is available for Nexus 7. Google

SlimBean Build 3 features and changes

Add Smart Control to Gallery

Add Widget Pager to HW/NavBar/NavRing

Add Easy Contact Selector to MMS

Add Hide Avatar to MMS

Add Expanded Desktop tile

Add Volume tile

Add Power tile/Power button

Add Lock volume keys in silent

Add long press 'Clear all' to clear cache

Add LED notification to Calendar events

Add Email lockscreen widget

Add more shortcuts on keyboard

Add new SuperUser

Add WebSockets to browser

Update DashClock [Latest with Daydream and all]

Added full Russian translations [Thanks to gwinlord]

Add German translations

Device specific

N7100: Update mail drivers

One X: Add LED control

D2: Added vibration strength control to performance settings

Note: The long click 'Clear All' button to force clear cache will free RAM, therefore, do this only when there is need for more RAM.


Fix TRDS issues with MMS/contacts/email

Fix signature not applied to QuickReply

Fix call waiting not shown in title

Fix NavRing activation issues

Fix NavBar behavior

Fix lockscreen shortcuts opening wrong app

Fix LTE toggle for some devices

Fix Keymapping on BT headsets

Fix ResourceLeaks

Removed HDR

Kernels built with Linaro are now using Linaro 1303

Device specific

One X: Improved A2DP

One X: Improved Torch

One X: Fix freq cap

I9100G: Statusbar freeze fix attempt

Head over to the development page to know more about the SlimBean Build 3.

Nexus 7 users, who wish to install Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on their devices using SlimBean Build 3, may follow our step-by-step guide below. Users may come across bug issues since the ROM is going through development phase.

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1) Download and install USB Driver for Nexus 7 on the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the tablet to connect the Android device with the computer and use the Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and ensure the USB Debugging Mode is turned on.]

3) Create back-up for all the data of the tablet.

4) The Nexus 7 should be rooted and have ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery installed.

5) If the device is stuck on boot or experiencing boot loop then perform 'wipe cache partition' and 'wipe dalvik cache' few more times before rebooting.

6) The Nexus 7 should have above 80 per cent of charge.

7) The tablet should be factory unlocked and not be locked to a particular network carrier.

8) The SlimBean Build 3 ROM used in the tutorial below is compatible only with Google Nexus 7, applying this on incorrect variant might brick the device. Therefore, verify the model number of the device by navigating to Settings>> About Tablet.

Steps to install SlimBean Build 3 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/3G

1) Download SlimBean Build 3 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM for Nexus 7 to the computer

Download links: Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/ Nexus 7 3G

2) Download Google Apps package

3) Connect the Nexus 7 to the computer using USB cable. Then copy the downloaded zip files to the SD card of the tablet

[Note: Do not extract any files.]

4) Disconnect the tablet from the computer and then turn the device off

5) Then boot the tablet into CWM recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together until the screen turns on. The device will be in CWM recovery mode soon

[Note: Use Volume keys to browse between options in the recovery mode and the Power button to select an option.]

6) Perform a Nandroid backup of the existing ROM which can be restored later if the new build does not work or if users wish to go back to the previous ROM. To perform backup, select 'Backup and Restore' then on the next screen select 'Backup' again. Once the backup is completed, go back to the main recovery menu

7) Now perform data wiping task by selecting 'wipe data/factory reset,' then select 'Yes' on the next screen to confirm the action. Wait for few minutes until the data wipe is complete then return to the CWM recovery menu. From there select 'wipe cache partition' and after the wiping process is done, select 'wipe dalvik cache' under the advance option to perform Dalvik cache wiping

8) Select 'install zip from sdcard' then select 'choose zip from sdcard.' Browse to the SlimBean Build 3 ROM which was copied to the SD card. Select it pressing the Power button and confirm installation by selecting 'Yes' on the next screen. The ROM installation will begin now

9) Once the ROM is installed, repeat the same procedure (step-8) to install Google Apps package

10) When the installation process is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and select 'reboot system now' to reboot the tablet and boot up into the customised Jelly Bean firmware. The first boot will take some time, so be patient

[Note: To go back to the previous ROM, boot the device into recovery, then select 'backup and restore' then restore the ROM by selecting it from the list.]

Once the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi/3G boots up successfully, it should be running on the SlimBean Build 3 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM. Navigate to Settings>> About Tablet to verify the software version of the device.

[Source: Android Jinn]