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Google Teaches You to “Make Yourself at Home” With Your Nexus 7


Last night, Google uploaded the beginning video of what may be a series of tutorial videos for the Nexus 7. It was a simple intro that we skipped by since you all know how to add a Google account, however, today’s is all about customizing your home screen. Most of this is for beginners, but hey, even beginners need to know where to start, right?

Still enjoying your Nexus 7?

  • dawn m. armfield

    Loving it. It’s such a great size for many things. I still have my Transformer Prime for the things I don’t want to do on a smaller screen.

  • thefullritz

    Love mine, just wish the screen was a little brighter for reading outside. Had it out this morning and really couldn’t see the screen with sunglasses on in the sun.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Still enjoying your Nexus 7?” OH wholeheartedly so! Am enjoying my incredible Nexus 7 as if I just got it. It’s a fantastic device!

  • John

    This is the prefect tablet that I have been looking for. The N7 is smooth and soft. The screen is prefect and it fits great in my hand. It has given my phone a break in the action. Very Nice tablet, but I am not fond of the power/volume buttons. They have a cheap feel to them. Other that, it is awesome.

  • Cubanito1967

    I would enjoy mine more if Gamestop would call me and tell me my N7 has arrived.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    No Stock browser with Flash = Step backwards for android. Will the Jellybean update for the Xoom take away the stock browser? Because the box my Xoom WiFi came in clearly boasts about having Adobe Flash. So if they take it away, that becomes false advertising. And I hate when people say “well adobe doesn’t support flash on mobile anymore”. That only means you can’t Officially acquire it from the Play Store. It can still be side loaded, and it still works just fine. I am running EOS nightly on my Xoom and thank God it has it. But my favorite ROM on my GNex was Bugless Beast, but it doesn’t have stock browser with Flash. I tried adding it into the system apps like others suggested, and though it works, it doesn’t work with my bookmarks, and the widget for them won’t appear. Am I really the only one out there who cares about Flash?
    And I know HTML5 is the wave of the future, and believe me, I’m okay with that. But where is this unicorn when it comes to video within the browser? HTML5 hasn’t settled on a video format yet, so there goes that, for now http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5_video. I like being able to see a video right there within the webpage on the browser. This post ^ is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. On Chrome, with no Flash, you have to open the YouTube app in order to play it. And if the video is not YouTube based, then you’re just screwed (GameSpot.com tends to have a lot of that). And hell, I’ll admit, I like to be able to see some damn porn every now and then.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      This should illustrate my point. Why does it seem nobody else is disappointed by this?

      • Tyler Chappell

        Blame Adobe, not Google/Android. You’re whining to the wrong software company. If you so desperately need Flash, use Dolphin Browser. My Nexus 7 is doing me just fine with all the websites I visit using Chrome.

        • TheDrunkenClam

          I don’t blame Google for ending development on Flash. But I do blame them for abandoning the stock Android Browser. Seems unnecessary to not at least give us the option. Also, you must not visit a lot of diverse websites? You’re telling me you NEVER encounter a site with a non-YouTube based video? Ever? Or do you just settle for the Mobile view version of the site (something else I hate)

          • Tyler Chappell

            There is probably a good 20 or so websites that I visit on a daily basis, and I have yet to encounter any issues. Don’t get me wrong, I still have flash installed on my Nexus 7 anyway, should I actually need it, but so far I have yet to have a bad Chrome experience as a result of no flash support on my N7. I realize it is very much user-dependent as you and I don’t browse all the same sites, but there are still ways around it thanks to the beauty of Android.

    • Hunter

      ps the statement saying it has flash on the box is only good at the time of purchase, therefore will not become “false advertising”. Plus if you’re going to get your panties in a bunch over this, don’t install the update!

      • TheDrunkenClam

        Of course I’m not going to install the OTA update, I am running a custom Rom (you did read my post right?)

  • Trixz_D

    I love my nexus 7 and its given my phone a long break I nearly need to charge the phone ATM lmao.

  • patmw123

    Just got my nexus 7 today. I found one locally so I canceled my GameStop preorder. Couldn’t be happier.

    • JoshGroff

      What a coincidence, I’m picking one up at Staples tomorrow, cancelling that Game Stop pre-order that says they won’t get a restock until mid August.

  • I get my n7 in the mail tomorroww!!! Can’t Wait!

  • ddevito

    Haven’t put my N7 down over the last 7 days. My GNex is happy to be on a break

  • ddevito

    Kellex needs a Make Yourself at Home type video on rooting and unlocking and installing custom ROMs

    • Buckoman

      Actually, that’s not a bad idea. Sections for different models and recommended roms…

  • I’m a beginner. How do I play the video?

    • TheDrunkenClam

      read my other post….. You can’t play it within the browser. You have to use the YouTube app….

      • (That was a joke…if you can’t figure out a tablet, you probably can’t figure out a video)

        • TheDrunkenClam

          I can’t figure out a tablet? I managed to flash a custom Rom on my Xoom, so I think I got it figured out. So how exactly did you play the video? By using YouTube right? Because if it weren’t a YouTube based video you wouldn’t be able to play it within Chrome. Care to shed a little light on this Mr. Tech?

  • randorin

    Pretty sure that left hand is just a prop.. its really hitting me with the “uncanny valley”.. it looks too big, doesnt move, etc.

  • I had my Dad get my Mom one of these for her birthday and she needs videos like this so bad. We all take for granted how simple these devices are to use, but for some it’s their first touch screen experience. Many people need to be retrained how to think when using a device like this.

    • Liderc

      It is pretty crazy how hard it is for the average person to do such simple tasks. I guess we take for granted how accustom we’ve become to this kind of stuff. Whenever I was helping my mother with her Kindle fire when it came out, I was thinking “she can’t possibly be this dumb” because the most basic things seemed difficult, but I guess these things have just become such an integral part of our daily lives so it seems so easy.

  • r0lct

    Enjoying another good use for it: Large Google TV Remote

  • N8shon

    Just bought by Nexus 7 locally yesterday here in Georgia, and I’m loving it so far.

  • InyRules

    THESE are the kind of commercials that Android in general needs more of. Show what the device does, how it benefits the consumer.

    • michael arazan

      I’ve not even seen a commercial yet for the Nexus 7. It has to be the hottest thing selling that has only had its announcement at the I/O and no commercials yet, at least not radio or tv ads,, and its 16 gb is sold out everywhere. Guess you can’t buy that type of press, and talk about something selling itself.

  • Scott Willenborg

    I am SOOO glad they move “gently” out of the way. I would hate it if I shoved them violently out of the way.

    “STOP SHOVING!!!” Just trying to control the apps here honey!

  • OhAaron

    He called it the “favorites tray” rather than “the hotseat.” Scandalous.

    • Buckoman

      Such blasphemy.

    • Tyler Chappell

      I thought this too! D:

  • Razotar

    I always find it kind of creepy how the left hand never moves.

    • It’s a fake hand. Along with not moving, it also appears to be a little larger than the guy’s real hand.

  • Rex

    i just wish i had one.

  • I’m curious to how they make these videos. Is that a real hand and a Nexus 7? I be more interested in how they make these types of videos. 😛

    • Matt Gondek

      Holy crap! You might be onto something with the holding hand. P.s. Thanks for ruining all of Google’s videos for me, now I’m just going to be obsessed with the prop/uber-steady hand haha

      • Can’t a man wonder without being bothered? lol

    • Oh god, I just noticed the hand holding the Nexus looks like a robot.

      • matt

        That is kinda freaky.

    • Anthony_Armando

      There is a stand that holds the device and an arm rest for their arm. I don’t remember where but I saw a blupper or something a long time ago.

    • Seth Schorr

      I remember a Geico commercial a few years ago where they showed, at the end of the commercial, how the phone was supported and where the hand rested. It was kind of interesting to see behind the scenes.