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Android 4.1.2 Rolls Out to Nexus 7 – Brings Landscape Mode and Performance Improvements

All within the last hour, Android 4.1.2 has been announced and now it is officially rolling out to Nexus 7 tablets. It hasn’t reached ours yet which means it is most likely being sent out in small batches, so don’t worry, it will come. The update brings a new landscape mode for the tablet, improves stability and performance, along with some minor bug fixes.

The update size is 31.3MB.

Via: EETimes | XDA

  • NexusMan

    Still haven’t received it….has everyone else gotten it OTA?

  • Has ANYONE gotten this yet?

  • Steven Cornea

    man if I was the CM team, I would be super pissed, before they even finish CM9 they release 4.1.1 now CM10 is almost done and they update it again..

    • gpzbc

      Actually, the newest nightly of CM10 already has 4.1.2 already rolled into it. Just got done flashing it.

  • Sloooooooooow here.

  • Daniel Clifford

    Still nada here….darn.

  • Still no luck here.

  • kfath1978

    Nothing yet….

  • Bonzix

    The Nexus 7 has bugs that need fixing? Who knew. This thing has been a dream to use!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Now only if my rooted Nexus 7 could accept the OTA update..

  • BrianBrick

    Any word so far on whether root is lost in the update?

  • Jordan Harvey

    Thank god they brought landscape mode. Way to go Google.

  • Is there no way to force the update?

    • kfath1978

      I have tried the force trick, not working.

  • DanWazz

    Happy about the landscape mode. It’s getting kinda annoying going from landscape in Netflix, to portrait at the homescreens for no reason.

  • jnt
  • paul_cus

    So much for Rotation Locker.

  • slider112

    I’m going to tether my Nexus7 to my VZW GNex when I update, just so my GNex will know what it feels like to get timely updates from Google…

    • Alex Goodwin

      Ha! I thought this same thing as I read the article. In fact, I am going to do just that.

  • Is it just me, or did landscape work perfectly fine if you just installed a different home launcher (Nova)? Not that it’s all that useful anyway – portrait is really much better on the Nexus 7

  • Bill Anderson

    Hopefully it fixes the crappy touch response that happens after it has been running for a couple days. And a new color look up table. I would sacrifice some battery for brighter colors!

    • JoshGroff

      That and sometimes not responding to the power button when you turn the screen off and try to get it back on.

  • Kindroid

    No landscape for HOME screens. Landscaped worked fine for me in applications. I am glad to hear that home screens will also have landscape mode.

  • Galaxy-S3

    What? No landscape mode on that thing until today? Ouch.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Not on the homescreen. Apps could run in landscape. I didn’t really miss it, though the N7 was my first tablet, so I didn’t know if I was missing anything.

    • NicholasMicallef

      The homescreen and app tray are the only places with no landscape mode, similar to phones

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Landscape mode? STFU **eyes watering** . . . I’ve waited so long for this day…. but unless it can put every single application in Landscape mote like the Ultimate Rotate app I pad $3 for…. then its too late google…. too Late!!

    • Havoc70

      I bought that same app for landscape but i keep getting weird screen glitches

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Yea?… Mine works pretty flawlessly I was really surprised… I use it on my N7 and the GS3 running Paranoid Android…. Pretty freaky playing Temple Run in landscape

        • Havoc70

          well i would do a reinstall but with this i guess i wont need to

    • Raven

      I have also been waiting for this since I got mine. This was my biggest gripe with the Nexus 7 and Jellybean. After coming from an Asus Transformer TF101 and Acer Iconia A100, both of which had ICS that I always used the desktop in landscape, being locked into portrait just seemed ridiculous. Of course, I have been using Set Orientation to sidestep the problem, but it is not a perfect solution and causes glitches in some apps. I can definitely say it is about time.

    • faganm24

      I guess I’m deleting this app. It worked great and was absolutely free.

  • Mack

    This tablet was my first nexus and for this reason it will not be my last.
    Loving the landscape mode.

    • Havoc70

      you get the download already?

      • jnt

        scroll down, posted the link from styckx there

        • Havoc70

          Yep got it thanks Jnt

    • fixxmyhead

      if u were rooted u just had to add 1 line to ur build prop and u get landscape mode with old firmware see ddevito below

      • Daniel

        But probably Google have changed the Nexus 7 landscape launcher. The one we get from doing this trick is terribly ugly!

        • fixxmyhead

          its looks the same -__- as the one with the mod

          how does it look ugly? i bet its still the same laucher just with the line of code added

    • Daniel

      Hey man, can you post any screenshot for how the landscape mode looks like?

  • ddevito

    Still hate how the tablet slows down when installs/updates occur, hope that gets fixed. Also hope the landscape orientation change doesn’t cause redraw

  • kaufkin

    **Glowering @ update button on Galaxy Nexus** – WELL???? what about it big red, it’s been over 2 hours, where’s my update? (haha – yeah right)

  • MikeSaver

    I have an unlocked bootloader, the update will still go through OTA for me right?

    • Havoc70

      as long as it is Stock Rom i believe it will

    • ddevito

      yes no worries

      • MikeSaver

        Still hasn’t gone through yet, only unlocked bootloader nothing else, not rooted. Should I just wait?

        • ddevito

          I’m sure it’ll come soon enough. I bricked my n7 this morning by inncorectly making a diff build.prop – so I had to flash the stock image and start over. Now running 4.1.2 and I can say with confidence it’s worth waiting for, no need to do it yourself. You’re not missing much

          • MikeSaver


    • Southrncomfortjm

      It should, but don’t you have to use OTA Root Keeper to not lose root access when you take the OTA update? Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

      • JoshGroff

        You are correct.

      • MikeSaver

        Not sure I’m not rooted. Just have an unlocked bootloader.

    • lnimmer

      I was wondering the same thing… Unlocked and Rooted but not running any custom roms if the OTA would still push to the device or not… hopefully it does!

  • jaybar


    • aye_winchell

      It’s BERTMERN?

      • jaybar


  • florious80

    It’s about time they incorporated landscape mode into Jellybean. Kind of silly to begin with that an OS for tablet doesn’t do that natively. Granted JB is used for phones as well, but ICS had that functionality from day one. I had to use Nova Launcher for this. Not anymore. Good job Google!

    • ddevito

      Or add this line to the build.prop file:


      • NicholasMicallef

        I think he doesn’t have root

        • ddevito

          And he owns a nexus? blasphemy! :p lol j/k

          yeah I should’ve mentioned that

          • JoshGroff

            I have mine stock, but my G-Nex haz the rootz.

    • kevinc

      you are completely wrong. jelly bean has had landscape mode for tablets since day one. all you have to do is fire up an emulator from the SDK and see for yourself

  • Listen up Verizon: This is how you handle a Nexus device!

    • derekross


      • Before responding to this.. Are you on my side? Please clarify if there’s sarcasm coming from your fingers..

        • David Becker

          It looks like has has a little bit of sarcasm on his fingers.

          • Timothy McGovern

            He should wash his hands