A new brand new custom ROM for the Google Nexus 7 has been released at the XDA forums. The Eclipse custom ROM is based on Jelly Bean 4.1.1 and it can be installed on your tablet using the instructions that I have listed in this post. Read the entire tutorial and you should be able to flash all the files without too much trouble.
Eclipse custom ROM is based on AOSP Android 4.1 with JRO03O firmware build and it comes with numerous customization features, which you can use to edit and configure the tablet just like you want it. It brings a more darker look and all the Jelly Bean 4.1 functions are included within so you should be able to enjoy the latest Android experience.
Before you can begin to install this ROM, you have to read the preparation guide in order to learn how to correctly configure your ASUS Nexus 7 tablet so that the Eclipse custom ROM will install without problems. Here’s what you need to know:
- This custom ROM build will work exclusively with the ASUS / Google Nexus 7 tablet device. You shouldn’t attempt to install it on any other Android phone or tablet.
- Your device should be on an unlocked bootloader. Also, it should be rooted and CWM recovery installed on it.
- Create a full backup of the existing ROM. In case you won’t like how the new ROM works on your tablet or you simply don’t like it, then you can use CWM Recovery or ROM Manager to restore it to a previous working state.
- Move all important data files on the device’s internal SD card or, you can choose to move them on your computer using the USB cable.
- You should save the list of installed apps and the APN Internet Settings with these tools for Android tablets and smartphones: AppBAK for Android apps backup | APN Settings Backup & Restore. These utilities are working only with rooted devices.
- Enable USB debugging option from your tablets’ Development settings menu.
- Make sure that your tablet’s battery is charged before starting to install this new ROM, as you wouldn’t want your device to power off in the middle of the installation process of Eclipse custom ROM.
- Note that we cannot be held responsible in case you damage you device nor in case you manage to brick it. That’s why you should only apply these changes if you’re an advanced Android user.
- Read the entire tutorial first and only afterwards you should begin to apply the instructions. In case you cannot complete the installation, please use the comments section to ask for help.
These are all the preparation guidelines and now you should move to the tutorial. Make sure that you apply absolutely all the steps listed below, as otherwise you might not be able to flash the ROM. For any extra questions regarding the ‘how-to’ guide and the Eclipse custom ROM, use the comments field listed at the end of this post.
How to install Eclipse Jelly Bean ROM on ASUS / Google Nexus 7
- Download the custom ROM zip file from HERE. Save the file on your computer’s desktop screen and do not extract the files contained in the zip archive.
- Download the Gapps file for Nexus 7 from HERE. This is the file that you have to install after the ROM in order to get Gmail, Play Store and all other Google-based apps that every Android device requires in order to work smoothly.
- After the downloads are complete you should connect the tablet to your PC. Move the ROM and Gapps files on its internal sdcard.
- When the files have been successfully transferred you should disconnect the tablet from PC. Also, power it OFF.
- Boot into CWM Recovery mode by pressing and holding the ‘volume up’ + ‘volume down’ + ‘power’ buttons simultaneously. Release the buttons when the ClockworkMod Recovery main screen is displayed. Move to the next step.
- If you didn’t create a Nandroid backup of your currently installed ROM, select ‘backup and restore’ option and confirm that you want to create it. In case you already have one stored o your device, then you can skip this step.
- Next, select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option and confirm the process.
- Now select ‘install zip from sdcard’ and then from the next menu select ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Point the CWM recovery selection to the Eclipse ROM zip. Confirm its installation.
- After the ROM is installed you should repeat step 8 and this time you have to flash the Gapps zip. This will install all Google applications that your tablets needs in order to work and offer the best Android experience.
- When both the Eclipse custom ROM and the Google Apps zip were installed you should return to the main recovery screen. Select ‘reboot system’.
- The first boot process into this new ROM will take a while before it completes and you should wait until then. Note that in case the first boot takes over 15 minutes to complete or, in case the tablet gets stuck into a boot loop then you should power it OFF and then repeat the entire tutorial.
- If every thing went according to plan, then the Eclipse custom ROM has been installed successfully and now you only need to enter your Google Account details and start testing this new installment.
These are all the steps that you had to take and now your Google Nexus 7 is ready to be used along with the Eclipse Jelly Bean 4.1 custom ROM. If you have any other questions you should use the comments field listed under this article and ask for more info.
Also, if you didn’t manage to flash the ROM, then you should post a detailed comment in which you explain exactly what steps you took and where you got stuck. Eventually we should find a solution for you and your tablet device.