The 2013 model of the Asus Google Nexus 7 is yet another Nexus branded device which will no longer receive official support from Google. So, no official Android updates for you unfortunately. However if you are still planning to keep and use your Nexus 7 2013, then you can choose to apply a little trick. In this way you will be able to run on the latest Android firmware: Android 7.1 Nougat. This trick is implying in flashing a custom ROM software, the basic update operation being explained during the following guidelines.
This ROM will bring the new built of AICP to your tablet. The firmware, for those who aren’t familiar with such update operations, is developed by third party devs so we must thank those of xda-developers for this Android 7.1 Nougat update opportunity. Of course, the AICP software was optimized and customized for the 2013 model of the Google Nexus 7 so you won’t have problems while using the new features and capabilities. Overall, the firmware is stable and smooth so you can use it on a daily basis – however, since it is not an official Android platform, you might experience minor issues from time to time.
AICP is based on the latest built of CyanogenMod: the CM 14 system. So, CM14 features, apps and capabilities will be ported on the Asus Nexus 7. With these new features, which cannot be found on the stock Android 7.1 Nougat OS, you can power up the performance of your tablet and you can upgrade the battery life. Bottom line, after completing this step by step guide your device should run better and also faster. The ROM supports various tweaking methods among which we must remember the overclock / undervolt possibility, the opportunity of removing bloatware and the advantage of personalizing and customizing the Android UI.
But since the AICP is not offered by Google using this update process is not official – yes you will complete an unofficial operation that is not related with your OEM. And as a result you will lose the warranty of your Nexus 7. The effect? Well, if something bad happens you will be by yourself – in certain situations you might also have to learn how to manually fix the most common Android software related issues such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, screen freeze, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, total blackouts and any other similar malfunctions.
You will be able to update to Android 7.1 Nougat only if you first root your Nexus 7 2013. The CM 14 based AICP firmware can be used only on an unlocked system as the new software will have to modify, optimize and customize built-in features, apps and processes. Also, a custom recovery image should be installed as the stock recovery platform can’t be used when trying to flash custom .zip files such as a custom ROM. In order to make everything work from your first attempt you should use the CWM or the TWRP recovery platform.
Backup your data from your Asus Google Nexus 7 2013 before installing the Nougat custom ROM software. A new update can be used only if everything is previously removed – thus, you will have to make a hard reset and clear app data cache (see the steps from below for further info). During the hard reset process all of your personal data, info, accounts and files will be deleted. Therefore start using your favorite backup and restore solutions in order to keep everything secured all the time.
Maybe you will not like how the new AICP is running on your Google Nexus 7. It is a custom ROM and it will act and perform differently than the stock Android OS. That’s why it is important to make a Nandroid backup before resuming anything else. In this way you can save the current Android OS that powers your tablet. Also, you can afterwards use the same Nandroid backup file in order to make a downgrade process.
A computer is what you need to use during the lines from below. There you will save the Android 7.1 Nougat firmware file and its compatible Google Apps package – if you cannot download the files from below consider in temporarily turning off the security protection. Your Nexus 7 and the USB cable must be there as you will have to connect your devices at some point. In order to ensure a proper connection, on your tablet enable developer options and check the USB Debugging option: go to “menu – settings – about device” and tap 7 times on Built Number and then go towards “menu – settings – developer options”.
Charge your tablet – this is extremely important especially if the power left is lower than 60%. In that case your tablet can get switched off while you flash the CM 14 based AICP firmware. And if that takes place you might end up in experiencing various software related problems on your device. So, try to avoid unpleasant situations and make sure that the Android 7.1 Nougat system can be safely installed.
How to Install Android 7.1 Nougat on Google Nexus 7 (2013) using the AICP Custom ROM firmware
- Go to your computer. Enable an Internet connection. Navigate here and download the Nougat firmware file. Then, go here and download compatible Google Apps package.
- Save the files where you can easily access them – preferable on desktop.
- Power on your tablet; then connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- From your computer transfer the recent downloaded files on your device and when done remove the USB cable.
- The computer is no longer useful for us so you can forget everything about it.
- Head your attention towards your Google Nexus 7 – power if off and wait while the shut down operation is completed.
- Next, enter recovery mode on your Android based tablet.
- Remember that a wipe is required as explained above. So, select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- When done, return to main menu of recovery.
- Now select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick up the Android 7.1 Nougat AICP firmware file and resume the flashing process.
- Repeat the last step and install the Google Apps package.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery, select “reboot system now”.
So, that was all. Now you cantest and also use the Android 7.1 Nougat firmware on your own Asus Google Nexus 7 2013. Check how the CM 14 based AICP software is running and test all its features, apps and capabilities. Of course, in the end share all your results with us and with other users by using the comments field from below. If you need further assistance we will try to assist you as soon as possible.