Nexus 7 Gets Jelly Bean Update with AOKP Build 4 ROM [How to Install]
Google Nexus 7 joins the list of lucky few devices to get Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) update, thanks to the release of AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) build 4 based custom ROM Photo: Google

Google Nexus 7 joins the list of lucky few devices to get Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) update, thanks to the release of AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) build 4 based custom ROM. The AOKP firmware brings stock Android experience to Nexus 7 users with a plethora of enhanced features and system tweaks incorporated into it. It must be noted that the installation of this custom ROM requires ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery to be installed on your tablet.

AOKP Build 4 Based Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Features

    • Custom NavBar Ring on tablets
    • Force dual panel view on any device
    • Flip or shake your device to snooze/dismiss the alarm (check alarm settings)
    • Take screenshot from NavBar
    • Enabled USB mass storage emulation for certain devices (i9*)

Key Points to Note

    • The AOKP ROM and the instructions provided in this guide are compatible with the Nexus 7 tablet only and will not work with any other device. Verify your device's model number by navigating to Settings > About tablet.
    • IBTimes UK advises users to backup apps, important data and settings (including bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs and other internet settings) to avoid unexpected data loss while installing the Jelly Bean update.
    • It must be noted this is not an official firmware update. Rather, it is a custom ROM based on AOSP release of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
    • The instructions provided 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 firmware update. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.


    • Enable USB debugging mode by navigating to Settings > Developer options. This feature helps in connecting your Android tablet with the computer.
    • Make sure that your tablet's battery is fully charged or holds at least 85 percent charge to avoid unexpected device shutdown while flashing the AOKP ROM or installing the Jelly Bean update. Be advised that such an incident could cause irreparable hardware damage to your Nexus tablet.
    • Ensure that your tablet is factory unlocked and rooted. Also, verify if ClockworkMod recovery is installed on it. Those who need assistance in rooting and installing CWM recovery on their Nexus 7 tablet may refer our step-by-step guide posted here.

How to Install AOKP Build 4 Based Jelly Bean Update on Google Nexus 7

Step 1 - Download AOKP Build 4 Based Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean ROM and Google Apps for Nexus 7 on your computer.

Step 2 - Connect your Nexus 7 tablet to the computer over an USB port using an USB cable and then mount the tablet's USB mass storage on your computer.

Step 3 - Now, copy the downloaded Android 4.1.1 ROM zip file to the root folder on your tablet's SD card.

Step 4 - Then power off your tablet and boot into bootloader mode with a button sequence.

Step 5 - To do this, press and hold the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together till the tablet powers on, and boots into the bootloader mode.

Step 6 - Choose the Bootloader option and then enter CWM recovery by following the onscreen navigational instructions.

Step 7 - In CWM recovery, perform full data wipe first. Then browse and locate the flash zip from SD card option, and hit the Power button to select it.

Step 8 - Tap the Power button again and click choose zip from SD card.

Step 9 - Use volume keys to navigate to the Android 4.1.1 ROM zip file and select it by tapping the Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and the installation procedure should begin.

Step 10 - Once the ROM is installed, hit Go Back and click reboot system now in the recovery menu. The tablet will reboot and the first boot might take about 5 minutes to complete. So, leave it alone.

AOKP build 4 ROM based Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is now successfully installed on your Nexus 7 tablet. Go to Settings > About tablet to confirm the firmware version installed on it.

[Source: Team Android]