With the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, users are eagerly awaiting the official update to be released for their devices. Google have listed out a few devices which will soon receive their latest OS. However, this update will still take some time to come out and users are growing impatient day by day. The users of the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi version tablet, though, have something to cheer about as a Android 4.4 ROM has been released for the device. Developed by the Paranoid Android (PA) team, the ROM is a pure AOSP based one with PA’s own features to be added to it soon.
The Nexus 7 (2013) was launched earlier this year and was the first device to run Android 4.3. It has a 7-inch, 1200 x 1920 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro quad-core chip, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. It is available in two versions: the Wi-Fi version and the LTE version. We have previously seen how to install this ROM on the Nexus 4. Let us now see the steps in installing it on the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi version.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 7 (2013):
- Create a Nandroid Backup
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Rooted Nexus 7 (2013) with Custom recovery (TWRP) installed
- Unlocked bootloader
- AOSPA ROM zip file
- Gapps zip file
- Download the latest version of the AOSPA ROM zip file and the Gapps zip file and copy it to the root of the internal storage of the device.
- Turn off the device and boot into bootloader mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, Volume Up and Power buttons. From there, boot into recovery.
- Now select “Wipe” and perform “Swipe to Factory Reset”.
- Go back to recovery and tap on “Install”. Select the AOSPA ROM zip file and perform “Swipe to Confirm Flash”.
- Again go back and select the Gapps zip file and perform “Swipe to Confirm Flash”.
- After the installation is complete, reboot your device.
You have successfully installed Android 4.4 KitKat on your Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi version.
Note: The ROM is an early build and so does contains few bugs.