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Enable Full Tablet UI Experience On The Google Nexus 7 [MOD]

17 Sep , 2012  

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Announced at the Google I/O, July 2012, the Asus Google Nexus 7 has been one of the most talked about Android tablets in the market. Equipped with Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and impressive specs in the form of a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz and a twelve-core 416 MHz Nvidia GeForce ULP GPU ,1GB RAM and a 7″ LED-backlit IPS display at low prices of US $199/$249 for 8GB/16GB models respectively makes it a really good buy.

But not everything comes good at a low price. We have already seen how to record 720p videos instead of the default 480p resolution on the Google Nexus 7′s front-facing camera with a simple mod.

Today we another simple mod which will enable Full Tablet UI experience on the Google Nexus 7. Many people have been disappointed with the Google Nexus 7 running the phone interface for portions of the OS, rather than the tablet-optimized interface seen on all Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich running tablets. Google didn’t specify any reason for locking the Nexus 7 home-screen into portrait orientation, but the reason maybe its 7-inch screen-size that is easy to grab single-handed and use for tasks like reading.

Credit goes to XDA Senior Member SladeNoctis for this simple fix to this limitation. You can refer to the original post for more. Here, we will tell you guys in simple words what is to be done to enable a full-fledged tablet experience on the Google Nexus 7.

NOTE:

AndroidNova.org will not be held responsible if you lose precious data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide. Proceed at your own risk. This guide assumes that you have unlocked bootloader of and gained root access to your Nexus 7. If you wish to make system-level changes on your Android tablet, both are a necessary requirement. Just keep in mind that this will void your warranty.

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Unlocked bootloader and Root access
2. Have a Nandroid backup and a backup of your original build.prop (just in case)
3. Any file explorer that has root access to your system files like File Expert, ES File Explorer etc.

TIP:

Once you have enabled tablet UI you can change your font size by going into the display settings to your preferred size.

 

WRITTEN GUIDE:

—> Method 1 (Recommended):

  1. Download and install ROM Toolbox Lite from the Google Play Store.
  2. Launch the app.
  3. Go to Performance and press the build.prop editor.
  4. Locate the line with “ro.sf.lcd_density.”
  5. Change the DPI to 175 or below.
  6. Once done, tap OK and close the app.
  7. Reboot your Android tablet.

—> Method 2:

  1. Install a file explorer app such as ES File Explorer and enable the app’s root access option.
    • In ES File Explorer, for example, go to Settings and enable Allow Mount Rewritable and Root Access.
  2. Using your file manager app, go to /system and you will find the build.prop file. Copy the file and paste it to another folder to serve as a backup file.  Make sure you remember where you copied it to.
  3. Open the original build.prop file in a text editor and look for “ro.sf.lcd_density”.
    • ES File Explorer has its own text editor called ES Text Editor.
  4. The original LCD density value should be set to 213. Change it into 175 or lower.
  5. Save the build.prop changes that you made by pressing the Menu key.
  6. Once done, you may now restart your Nexus 7 to boot into full tablet UI mode.

—> Method 3:

  1. Download and install the BuildProp Editor app.
  2. Open the app and navigate to /system. Open the build.prop file.
  3. Locate the line with “ro.sf.lcd_density.”
  4. The original LCD density should be 213. Change it to 175 or below to get the tablet UI.
  5. Save the file and reboot your tablet.

SCREENSHOTS:

 


 

 

Using the Google Nexus 7 in full tablet UI will definitely make the whole Jelly Bean experience better. For doubts and queries head over to the official thread over on XDA Developers.

Video Guide:

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Tutorials

Record 720p Videos On Google Nexus 7′s Front-Facing Camera With A Simple Mod

12 Sep , 2012  

Record 720p Videos On Google Nexus 7's Front-Facing Camera

 

Well, we all know about the Asus Google Nexus 7 tablet which was released in July,2012. Equipped with Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and impressive specs in the form of a Nvidia Tegra 3 system on a chip (SoC), consisting of a 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 quad-core central processing unit (CPU) and a twelve-core 416 MHz Nvidia GeForce ULP graphics processing unit (GPU) ,1GB RAM and a 7″ LED-backlit IPS display. All these at low prices of US $199/$249 for 8GB/16GB models respectively.

Cool huh ? But wait what about the camera and its ability to capture videos ? Who doesn’t want to be a photographer these days ? Well that’s where the low pricing took its toll. The Nexus 7 comes with a meager 1.2 MP front-facing camera capable of recording 480p videos. Yeah that’s about it. It doesn’t even come with a camera app. But there are ways around these too by downloading camera launchers from the Google Play Store to enable the standard camera interface.

Well now thanks to XDA developer hillbeast we can now record 720p videos on Google Nexus 7′s front-facing camera with a simple mod. The problem was, Google had forgot to install the media profile required to enable 720p recording. And there is noticeable improvement over the default 480p video recording it seems. So if you are interested in giving this a try follow the steps below or simply head over to the original post.

See The Difference:

Nexus 7 480p Video Recording Test

Nexus 7 720p Video Recording Test

 

NOTE:

AndroidNova.org will not be held responsible if you lose precious data or your device gets damaged in the following of this guide. Proceed at your own risk. This guide assumes that you have unlocked bootloader of and gained root access to your Nexus 7. If you wish to make system-level changes on your Android tablet, both are a necessary requirement. Just keep in mind that this will void your warranty.

Downloads:

1. Download Update.zip: http://d-h.st/8Cw media_profiles.xml http://d-h.st/E57

2. Download, install and launch a root-enabled file explorer like ES File Explorer (from Google Play Store).

Follow The Guide:

1- Open ES File Explorer and head to /system/etc/

2- Find the file media_profiles.xml and copy it (long press the file and select copy from the menu)

3- Go into any other directory and paste it there (temporarily)

4- Go back to the /system/etc/ directory again and rename the media_profiles.xml to media_profiles.xml.old and save it (long press the file and select rename from the menu

5- Now go back to the directory you copied the file to and long press it. When the menu comes up select cut and go to the /system/etc directory and hit paste up at the top

6- Now just click on the file you just pasted and a list of editors will pop up.

7- Select ES Note Editor (it comes with ES File Explorer) and locate the section in the file where it says

Code:
<EncoderProfile quality=”480p” fileFormat=”3gp” duration=”30″>
<Video codec=”h264″
bitRate=”4000000″
width=”640″
height=”480″
frameRate=”30″ />      <Audio codec=”aac”
bitRate=”96000″
sampleRate=”44100″
channels=”1″ />
</EncoderProfile>

8- Add this code right after

Code:
<EncoderProfile quality=”720p” fileFormat=”3gp” duration=”30″>
<Video codec=”h264″
bitRate=”16000000″
width=”1280″
height=”720″
frameRate=”30″ />      <Audio codec=”aac”
bitRate=”128000″
sampleRate=”48000″
channels=”1″ />
</EncoderProfile>

9- Once added click the back button on the bottom and a menu will show up on the bottom that asks you to save click that.

10- Long press media_profiles.xml that you just saved, tap on Properties and ensure that it has the following properties: User read, User write, Group read, Other read. You can see them under the Change button. Save these settings.

11- Reboot your Nexus 7 and enjoy.

 

For doubts and queries head over to the official thread over on XDA Developers.

Cheers and have a great day.

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