The 2013 edition of Asus Google Nexus 7 is a great tablet that comes with really impressive specs and features. Since we are talking about a Nexus device, the Nexus 7 2013 is powered by the stock Android 4.3 firmware. But if you want to change the default looks and UI from your Nexus device, then I recommend you to try a custom ROM firmware. But, when doing so, make sure to choose only a stable software that comes without bugs or issues. Such a firmware is the new Android 4.3.1 based Flonaro platform; by using the guidelines from below you will learn how to flash the same on your new Google Nexus 7.
You should use the Android 4.3.1 Flonaro ROM on your 2013 edition Google Nexus 7 if you want to receive cool halo animations and the best UI layout as this firmware is based on Linaro and AOSP platforms. Also, features and apps will be ported from the mentioned systems, along with many other capabilities that cannot be found on the stock version of JB 4.3. As you can already tell, the Flonaro software is not an official update released by Google. The same can’t be OTA applied so a manual update procedure will be required.
This tutorial will be perfect for you as during the lines from below I will show you how to easily install the Flonaro firmware on your Nexus 7 so that you can enjoy a new and improved variant of Android 4.3.1 OS. Don’t worry, because the ROM is stable and according to those who have tested the same, there are no bugs or things that aren’t working perfectly. Furthermore, thanks to the features that are coming pre-installed you will be able to gain more power from your tablet, improve the speeds of the same and also, upgrade the battery life.
As you can see, you have all the reasons for updating your 2013 Nexus 7 to Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean OS with Flonaro firmware. If I have convinced you to do the same, first take a look over the list from below. There you have the pre requisites list, so don’t skip it as this is the most relevant part of our step by step guide.
- Root your Google Nexus 7 2013 edition. This guide can be completed only if your tablet is rooted, so make sure that the tablet’s system is unchained before going any further with this process.
- After gaining root access, install a custom recovery image. You can use CWM recovery as the same can be flashed from Google Play. Also, you can use any other custom recovery you want, but don’t go any further without replacing the stock recovery with a custom one.
- When completing the mentioned tasks, the warranty of your device will get void. Why? Well the procedures are unofficial ones and the same has nothing to do with Google or with Asus. Basically, by rooting you are removing the factory and default settings from your Nexus 7, while by using CWM recovery you will “communicate” with the internal system of your handset.
- So, the warranty will get void; don’t panic though as the warranty can be restored: you just have to downgrade your tablet to stock Android 4.3 OS, or you have to apply an official update – only manually as on rooted systems the OTA releases can’t be noticed.
- After rooting and installing a custom recovery image you should continue the pre requisites with a backup operation. It is recommended to save all your data, info and personal accounts because a wipe will be required. So, if you don’t want to lose everything that’s relevant for you, the backup is a must have.
Of course since this is a manual update operation, for being able to complete the same, a computer, your tablet and its USB cable will have to be used. Furthermore, in order to avoid the unpleasant situations, before going any further you need to ensure the following: on your computer you need to deactivate the security protection, including antivirus, antimalware and Firewall protection – these tools might interrupt the flashing operation; on your Google Nexus 7 2013 you need to go to path “menu -> settings -> developers options” for enabling the USB debugging option – for properly connecting your device with the computer when required; your handset must have more than 50% power left – if not plug in the charger; you should install the Android 4.3 Flonaro custom ROM only on the 2013 edition of Asus Google Nexus 7 because the steps from below are compatible only with the same.
How to Install Flonaro Custom ROM on Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Update to Android 4.3.1 Firmware
- The first thing to do is to download the Flonaro Android 4.3.1 firmware file on your computer.
- Get the update file from here; place the same on desktop and don’t unzip.
- Then, from this page download the Google Apps package suitable for your Nexus 7; save the file on desktop and don’t unzip.
- By using the USB cable of your tablet, connect the new Google Nexus 7 with the computer.
- Select the downloaded files from desktop and copy-paste the same on your handset.
- Then, unplug the USB cable as the computer will no longer be used.
- Enter your Nexus 7 in recovery mode.
- Then, use the recovery mode menu for wiping the system; in order to do that from recovery select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to recovery menu and by using the same this time select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Then pick the update file.
- Install the same.
- Also, pick the Google apps package and install the same on your device.
- When you are done, or when the installation process is completed, from recovery select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
- If during the update operation you have experienced issues or problems, learn how to resolve the most common Android issues.
That was all for today. Well, now you know how to update your new Asus Google Nexus 7 to custom Android 4.3.1 firmware. The Flonaro Custom ROM is running on your Nexus tablet so it will be indicated to test the software for ensuring that everything is working as expected. Of course, don’t forget us and return here for sharing your experience and thoughts with us – if you want to talk with us, just use the comments area from below.