Android 4.2 Up for Grabs for Nexus 7 Tablets Too

Users can either wait for the OTA update or can upgrade their devices manually

Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system is now available for download for the owners of a Nexus 7 tablet PC as well, after having been released for Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus devices only several hours ago.

The new operating system version is being pushed to the slate over-the-air as Build JOP40C, but users can also choose to head over to Google’s servers and download it manually.

At the moment, the tablet should run under Android 4.1.2 build JZO54K, and the manual update process to the new Android 4.2 platform release should work like a charm.

As the guys over at Android Police note in a recent post, all users who would like to grab the new software before it is sent to them over-the-air should head over to this page to download the OS upgrade for their devices.

After the download has been completed, users will have to enter recovery on their tablets to install the new platform.

For that, they will need to reboot the device and hold Volume Down when booting up. On the fastboot screen, hit the Volume Up button until Recovery appears, and then press the power volume to enter.

Then, they should hit VolUp and Power buttons at the same time, and select the second option in the menu that appears there (namely “apply update from adb”).

Next, users will have to connect the Nexus 7 to a PC, and make sure they have adb on it (it can be found in the Android SDK, available for download from Softpedia as well, via this link).

Then, simply open a command prompt (cmd in Windows, regular shell in Linux and Mac) in the same directory where the .zip file containing the update is placed, and type “adb sideload” in it.

As soon as the installation has been completed, the Nexus 7 will reboot, and the new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform will be installed on it.

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