Most of the major custom ROM developers are first trying to compile a stable Android 4.4 based build without adding their specific features. Once a stable base has been established, the developers will start adding their features into the builds. We saw the same with the Paranoid Android 4.0 ROM for the Nexus 5. And the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) team are also treading the same path with regards to their builds. As a result, their nightly builds are available for many devices, however, they do lack some of the features that made it so popular.
The second generation Nexus 7 tablet has a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1200 x 1920, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. It also has a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front facing camera. It originally ran on Android 4.3 but later received an Android 4.4.2 update. We had previously seen how to install the CM 11 ROM on it. Let us now see the steps in installing the AOKP ROM on it.
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
- AOKP ROM zip file
- Gapps zip file
- Download the latest AOKP ROM zip file and the Gapps zip file and copy it to the root of the internal storage of your Nexus 7 (2013) tablet.
- Turn off the device and boot into fastboot mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Down, then press and hold Power. Once there, keep on pressing the Volume Up button until you see “Recovery” and then press the Power button to boot into it.
- Now tap on “Wipe” and perform “Swipe to Factory Reset”.
- Go back to recovery and tap on “Install”. Select the AOKP ROM zip file and perform “Swipe to Confirm Flash”.
- Again go back and select the Gapps zip file and perform “Swipe to Confirm Flash”.
- Finally tap on “Reboot System”.
That’s it. You have successfully installed AOKP ROM (Android 4.4.2) on your Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi variant tablet.
Note: The ROM is still in nightly stages and may contain few bugs.