Android 4.2 now available for Nexus 7 & Galaxy Nexus

News Richard Goodwin 09:42, 13 Nov 2012

Google’s latest build of Android, version 4.2, is now available on the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus

Android 4.2 is now officially available for the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. 

Both the Nexus 10 and Google Nexus 4 go on sale today in the UK, representing the front line of Google’s next-generation Android hardware.

Check out our first look at the Google's latest Nexus 10 slate here. 


Multiple sources from Google+ and Twitter are claiming that Android 4.2 is now rolling out to 2012’s Nexus 7 and 2011’s Galaxy Nexus, although we’ve yet to have our update through on either device OTA. 

This means the initial rollout of Android 4.2 to the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 is likely reserved for Takju Nexus devices only (i.e. one’s bought direct from Google). 

However if you’re dying to get Android 4.2 on your handset there is now a manual download available, although it’s definitely not for the faint hearted.

You'll also need a PC and some experience of tinkering with Android’s guts, as a wrong move can result in a bricked device. 

Got the stones for that? Then follow these steps, originally detailed by Android Headlines, to manually update your device to Android 4.2:

  • First of all download the zip file above, do NOT rename this file.
  • Reboot your Galaxy Nexus while holding the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons – this will take you to the fastboot menu
  • From there, hit start and then hit the Volume Up key to get to Recovery and hit the Power Button
  • If you’re stock – with no CWM – then you should see a red exclamation point, after this hit the Power Button and the Volume Up button
  • From here, select “apply update from adb”
  • Then go ahead and open up a command prompt – terminal in Linux and Mac OS X – navigate to the same directory as the downloaded zip and input this command:  adb sideload
  • Reboot and then you should be in Jelly Bean 4.2!

We’d also recommend checking out the XDA Developer forums ahead of a manual install in order to bone up on the finer points of installing new software on your beloved Android device. 

With the Android 4.2 update installed you’ll get Google’s Photosphere, gesture-based typing (think Swype, just with a different name), some bug fixes, and an even better version of Google Now. 

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