Update Nexus 7 with 4.1 Jelly Bean Liquid Smooth RC3 Custom ROM

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As I have recently told you, the Jelly Bean based Liquid Smooth RC3 custom ROM firmware has been released and it is available for several handsets. So, we will bring suitable tutorials from which you will be able to learn how to apply this update on your Android powered device, the step by step guide that can be performed for the Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 being already available (just take a look over our latest posts). Anyway, today we will do similar, but for checking in how to update the Nexus 7 tablet to the Android 4.1 Liquid Smooth RC3 ROM, so go and check the following details.

The Liquid Smooth RC3 update will bring the Jelly Bean system to your Nexus 7, along with other features and capabilities that cannot be found in the default version of the Android 4.1 system. Basically, because the firmware has been developed by taking some of the CM10 and AOKP features and capabilities, meaning that you are about to flash a complex and mixed software on your device. Now, a previous version of the Liquid Jelly Bean ROM is already available for your Nexus 7, so now you can easily improve and update the same.

Accordingto our sources, the Liquid Smooth RC3 brings many features, from which I have mentioned the ones displayed in the following image. For the full list of enhancements and for the ROM screenshots (captured while running on the Nexus 7) you should check the link from above. Now, if you like this update and want to apply it on your device, you should start performing the pre requisites.

Some of the Nexus 7 Liquid Smooth RC3 Features

Some of the Nexus 7 Liquid Smooth RC3 Features

And the first to start with is the backup. You must save the data, because for being able to install the Jelly Bean custom update on your Android based Nexus 7 tablet, you will have to first wipe the system. The wipe operation will be performed by using a custom recovery image, but until then, I strongly recommend you to backup all of your personal info which is being stored on the internal storage memory of your device. For this, you have several how to guides developed by us, so don’t hesitate and use the same (you can easily find the tutorials by searching through our how to section).

Then, you must ensure that the Nexus 7 which is about to be updated, has a rooted OS. You cannot apply the Liquid Smooth RC3 custom ROM firmware on a system that has the factory restrictions installed. Therefore, gain root access if different; as a final note about this task, you should be careful because the warranty will get void once you unchain the internal system of your tablet. That means you can end up in bricking the device if you don’t follow a dedicated tutorial, just like the present one. For the future, if you will need the warranty back, you will have to downgrade to the stock ROM, or you will have to update with an official version of Android. For the present update, your tablet must also have a custom recovery image, like CWM recovery, installed. As stated before, you will have to use this tool for the wiping and for the flashing process.

Beside these operations, you must have access to a Windows running computer, to your device and to its USB cord. Next, on both PC and Nexus 7 you must deactivate the Firewall and antivirus protection; any other security program should be deactivated as well. On your tablet enable the USB debugging option by going to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging” and ensure that there is at least 60% power left; if different, charge the battery before heading to the steps from below. Finally, make sure you are not applying this method for other smartphone, tablet or any Android based device which is similar with the Nexus 7 as you can end up in bricking the same.

How to Update Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean based Liquid Smooth RC3 Custom ROM

  1. For the first step you need to download the update file (the link is here) and the Google Apps package from here and save the files on your computer.
  2. Then, you must take the downloaded files and copy the same on your tablet.
  3. For this use the USB cable and connect the Nexus 7 with the computer.
  4. When you are done, disconnect the device by unplugging the cable and turn it off.
  5. Reboot in recovery mode.
  6. From recovery, you must first navigate and choose to perform the wipe.
  7. For this select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  8. Return to the main window: “+++go back+++”.
  9. Up next, select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
  10. Just pick the update file and flash it into the system; then do the same for installing the Google Apps package.
  11. When the installation procedure is finished, select “+++go back+++”.
  12. End the update process by selecting “reboot system now”.

In the end, go and test the new ROM; see how it performs and if it brings more features and capabilities that the old firmware. Share your impressions with us and do tell how things worked for you. Also, stay close as we are bringing Android related tips and tutorials daily. Also, share this how to method, from which anyone can learn how to update the Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean based Liquid Smooth RC3 Custom ROM firmware, if you liked it.

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