Google's Nexus 7 has been rooted, overclocked and flashed with custom ROM, all before its official release

Google and ASUS' Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 has been overclocked, rooted and given a custom ROM all

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Before the sure-fire-hit $199 tablet from Google and ASUS hits, the Nexus 7, the tablet has been overclocked, flashed with a custom ROM, rooted and replaced with a full tablet user interface (UI). 'FadedLite', a member of the XDA-developers forum posted some instructions on how to do the rooting.

Google's Nexus 7 has been rooted, overclocked and flashed with custom ROM, all before its official release |

But, it seems that rooting the Nexus 7 isn't as easy as previous smart devices, as the Nexus 7 features a locked bootloader. We all know that things like this can usually be overcome, with experienced developers trying their hand on the Nexus 7, provided they have sdk, can use adb as well as fastboot, and have debugging on the Nexus 7. They'd also need to download Su and CWM.

Overclocking on the Nexus 7 is impressive already, ramping up to 1.5GHz thanks to a kernel build from zaventh. The kernel does sport other features such as voltage tweaks, and support for init.d. The kernel is insecure, which is to be expected in its early days. User 'jcarrz1' offers an "enhanced" Android Jelly Bean experience with a custom ROM. This custom ROM sports init.d support, Zip alignment, a host file that blocks ads, the Aroma installer, Busybox, the Nexus 7 boot animation, an uncluttered appearance, the removal of some unnecessary apps, and enhanced speed.

The last hack comes from 'SladeNoctis' and allows the Jelly Bean-powered tablet to enjoy the full tablet user interface on all sections, versus the phone interface in some areas.

As usual, this is all messing with a tablet that is not meant to be messed with. So, the user takes the responsibility of problems encountered during the rooting, overclocking, flashing the ROM, or more. If you did run into problems, the XDA-developers forum members are quite helpful. Remember, all of this would void your warranty, so use caution at all times!

Check out this source, for the four guides to do the good (or bad?) to your Nexus 7.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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