When Asus launched Nexus 7 it ventured into the newly created market of phablets. Google’s Nexus series is well known for the ease of bring able to root devices and also unlocking them. Nexus 7 being no exception to the rule, it is very easy to flash a custom recovery on Nexus 7. In this tutorial we will show how to flash any custom recovery on your Nexus 7. You may flash any custom recovery of your choice like CWM, TWRP or Cannibal Open Recovery.
Everyone knows about CWM(ClockWorkMod recovery). It was the first custom recovery made available on such a wide range of devices. And many of you must know it synonymous with custom recoveries. It is a very stable and fully functioning recovery.
Custom recovery is a very common term in Android world. Custom recovery is used for flashing ROMs, kernels as well as adding additional mods or tweaks to an individual’s device. The user can also use the custom recovery to factory reset the phone, wipe cache, wipe dalvik cache, mount USB, partition the SD card and many other things.
Some of the custom recoveries that are commonly used are AmonRa recovery, ClockworkMod recovery and Recovery X. More recently the TWRP recovery is being used in multiple devices due to a larger and better functionality and also an awesome interface. Another custom recovery that has emerged is the Cannibal Open Touch. The Cannibal Open Touch (COT) is a new recovery aiming to bring some of the best features from other options in a single package. The project comes courtesy of XDA Forum Members Drew Walton (Project Head), thenameisnigel, and Sblood86.
CWM enjoyed monopoly in recoveries for a long time. It is indeed a good custom recovery. Being the first custom recovery it really did lay good groundwork for everyone. It has helped countless users to flash/backup/restore their phones. But it has a major drawback that you have to use the volume rockers to control it. CWM did come up with touch based recovery but it is available to a very limited number of devices(Xperia ray not being one of them). So always using the physical buttons becomes kind of annoying. However thomas1991_12 at XDA developers has successfully ported TWRP recovery to Xperia Ray(ST18i).
Custom Recovery is a replacement to the stock android recovery mode. In Android, recovery refers to the dedicated, bootable partition that has the recovery console installed. This allows you to perform various low level commands like formatting system, data, cache partition, flash new ROM, etc. Custom recoveries are developed by independent developers. There are a few custom recoveries available like CWM(ClockworkMod recovery), TWRP(Team Win Recovery Project), RecoveryX, etc. All these recoveries need to be flashed onto your rooted android device. One of the most generic methods to flash a custom Recovery is described here.