The users of Nexus devices are always at an advantage over other users as they are the first to get official Android updates for their devices, especially if it is a completely new version of the OS. And now with Android 4.4 being launched last week, the users of Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10 can anticipate the release of the new OS for their respective devices soon. However, turns out, the Nexus users hold an advantage with respect to unofficial updates as well with Android 4.4 ROMs already available for some of the above mentioned devices. Thanks to the Paranoid Android team, AOSP ROMs have already been developed for those devices and users can get an early taste of KitKat before the official update comes out.

The Nexus 7 was Google’s first tablet device launched last year. Developed in collaboration with Asus, the tablet had a 7″ 1280×800 IPS display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8/16 GB internal storage and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. It originally ran on Android 4.1 which was upgradable to Android 4.3. It was powered by a 4325 mAh non-removable battery.

Android 4.4 On Nexus 7

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:



  1. Download the AOSPA ROM and the Gapps zip files and copy them to the root of the internal storage of your device.
  2. Turn off your device and boot into recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons.
  3. Once in recovery, perform “wipe data/factory reset”.
  4. Next choose “install”, then “select zip” and choose the AOSPA ROM zip file.
  5. Again select “install”, then “select zip” and choose the Gapps zip file this time.
  6. Finally reboot your device.

That’s it. You have successfully installed Android 4.4 on your Nexus 7 Wi-Fi version tablet.

Note: The ROM is an early build and contains few bugs.

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