Upgrade Nexus 7 2012 to Lollipop with F2FS

For some reason, the lollipop OTA update for the Asus Nexus 7 2012 did not arrive on my tablet. I decided to take matters into my own hand and started searching for lollipop updates, either stock or custom ROMs. On XDA forums, Freak-SlimLp with Android 5.0.1[F2FS] / OptiPop 5.1.1 Nexus 7 was gaining popularity as a fast, lightweight custom ROM on the latest Android version. I was starting to find the tablet sluggish (running Android 4.4.4 stock) as well and decided to go via the option. F2FS had been suggested to speed up the Nexus 7 tremendously (Antutu scores were reported to bump up from 17k to 21k). I decided to try it out and I wasn’t disappointed.

Update: Instructions updated 31 May 2015.

First up, I had to root the tablet. I used the NexusRootToolkit. This program is easy to use, and let you root your Nexus device, install the latest custom recovery, backup, and more with straight forward easy to follow instructions. Once my tablet is rooted, I backup my apps and games with TitaniumBackup, and transferred them to my thumbdrive via StickMount. I used one of the Micro-USB / USB thumbdrive – accessible with OTG Mount (Stickmount). This was a life saviour, great convenience.

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Nexus 7 2013 – Free Shipping to Singapore via Amazon

The new Nexus 2013 Nexus 7 is probably the best spec 7″ Android tablet, with the world’s highest resolution on a 7-inch tablet and equipped with the latest Google Android software. Now thinner, lighter, and faster, the Nexus 7 2013 version saw all around critical improvements. However, it was only available in US through the Google Play Store, but not any longer, as it has found it’s way to Singapore buyers. Read More

The New Nexus 7 V2: Leaked

The new Nexus 7 V2 has broken cover and is now allegedly spotted, with leaked videos and pics. It is inevitable that the new Nexus 7 will be launched soon. The leaks have begin to flow, but sales would likely be for United States (as always) first, and Singapore availability to be by end of the year.
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Nexus 7: Upgrade to Google Android 4.2

If you are one of those unlucky ones who were not able to place in the order for the new Nexus 4, there are many in the same plight. If you do have the Nexus 7, a little consolation might be that you can now upgrade to Google Android 4.2. It has not appeared as an OTA update but you can install the Android 4.2 OTA update manually through CWM. The update file is directly from Google server if you are concerned on authenticity. I have just flashed my Nexus 7 and it is now on 4.2.
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