An unofficial build of AOKP ROM has been released for the Nexus 7 tablet, adding another custom ROM to the affordable quad-core tablet’s basket. AOKP is a custom ROM that brings many customization options as well as improved performance over stock ROMs and is currently on its way to shifting the base from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean, so it’s no surprise that the Nexus 7, which comes with Jelly Bean out of the box will be one of the first few devices to run Jelly Bean based AOKP.
NOTE: This is only a preview build of AOKP and a alpha release, so while everything works properly, there may be some bugs and issues present. Also, don’t expect to find many customization options that you’re used to in AOKP ROM to be present here, as those haven’t been added to the AOKP Jelly Bean code yet.
Let’s see how AOKP ROM can be installed on your Nexus 7.
This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the ASUS Nexus 7 tablet.
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.
How to Install AOKP ROM on Nexus 7
- This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings. Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
NOTE: Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
- Unlock the bootloader on your Nexus 7 by using the Nexus Root Toolkit → here. This will wipe all the data on the tablet including the files on the SD card, so make sure to take a backup.
- Install ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery on the tablet by following the guide → here. Install the touch version of recovery.
- Download the latest version of the ROM from the official development page.
- Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Market/Play Store, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM.
Download Gapps | Filename: gapps-jb-20120717-signed.zip
- Copy the two zip files downloaded in step 4 and 5 to the SD card on the tablet (do not extract the files).
- Turn off the tablet. Then, boot into recovery. To do so, press and hold the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons together till the device boots into CWM recovery.
- Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this ROM. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore –> On the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.
- Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
- Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM will start installing.
- After ROM installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the gapps-jb-20120717-signed.zip file to install the Google apps package.
- After the installation is complete, go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the tablet and boot up into AOKP. The first boot will take some time, up to 5 minutes.
- Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery (as given in step 7), select backup and restore then restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.
AOKP based on Jelly Bean Android 4.1 is now installed and running on your Nexus 7. Visit the official development page for updates and more info. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments below.
Also try out CM10 for the Nexus 7 → here.