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Asus has confirmed that the Google Nexus 7 tablet will be getting Android 4.2 “in the very near future”. It’s no great surprise, the 7 being a Google-branded gadget an’ all, but the new will reassure Nexus 7 owners who noted that while the new Nexus 4 smartphone from LG and the Samsung-made Nexus 10 tablet, both announced a week …

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I hope they add it to the transformer infinity also. Love that little tablet come netbook.

And a question for any grammar / spelling nazis out there. The above statement, "Tablet come netbook" is that the correct spelling of come to use? Stupid I know but it was annoying me.

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"is that the correct spelling of come to use?"

No.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cum

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Paris Hilton

Fnarr.

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Z80, you sir have earned one of these

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Nexus7 tablet, gadget of the year..

http://awards.t3.com/categories/tablet-of-the-year

http://awards.t3.com/categories/gadget-of-the-year

http://www.stuff.tv/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2012/stuff/stuff-gadget-awards-2012-–-tablet-of-the-year-winner

'nuff said. iPad killer indeed....

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One hand not knowing what the other is doing?

I see Google are already claiming on their web site (see <http://www.google.co.uk/nexus/7/index.html>) that "Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.2, the latest version of the world's most popular mobile platform."

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Re: One hand not knowing what the other is doing?

Android 4.2 isn't released yet. It's ANNOUNCED, but not RELEASED.

Nov 13th is when it all happens...

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nexus device

Of course it's getting 4.2, that's why people buy Nexus devices. Nexus devices always get the latest Android versions, as soon as they are released (4.2 isn't released yet - only announced - Nov 13th is when things start rolling).

Nexus devices continue to get the latest Android versions as soon as they are released, for as long as the device is capable of running them.

So it's a pretty safe bet that the Nexus 7 will also be rocking Android 5 next year, and a reasonable bet it will be rocking Android 6 the year after,

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Re: nexus device

I'm guessing that the Motorola Xoom will get 4.2 as well once released as it's a Google experience device.

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Hahahahahahaha!! It took them until August to get 4.0 onto UK Xooms, even though it had been out in the US for about 6 months by then.

I'll probably look at rooting mine once it's out, the multi-profiles would mean I could share it with the other half if she wants to borrow it. Worth noting that the multi-profile support is a key benefit on Android, iPads don't do it yet, wouldn't surpise me if that's deliberate to ensure households have to buy multiple devices...

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Re: nexus device

My Xoom is also a UK wifi device I installed the US firmware onto it and it promptly upgraded to 4.1

After a bit of messing around mine even has flash working.

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Re: nexus device

Xoom is not a Nexus device.

The clue is in the name....

Really, how stupid are some people. Haven't Google said on numerous times, Motorola Mobile don't have any competitive advantage over any other Android OHA member...

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Shots fired

As long as it doesn't break Splashtop 2 compatibility i don't care.

XCOM on the toilet has changed my life immeasurably for the better.

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My Nexus 7

Acquired an update a couple of evenings ago - didn't notice anything significantly different (so probably not 4.2) but at least the start screen works in widescreen mode now (though with slightly fewer icons.

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Re: My Nexus 7

Android 4.1.2 - been out for several weeks now ;)

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Re: My Nexus 7

It might have been out for several weeks, but it took its sweet time getting to some of us. It took a week from first reports to reaching my N7 in the UK despite me pressing the check button at least twice a day.

I know seven days is a hell of a lot better than you get for the non-Nexus devices, but it was frustrating not knowing when it was going to be my turn, others in the UK got it within days.

Worth the short wait though. It might not have had many headline features (home screen rotation was about it), but it seems to have fixed the right hand side of touch screen becomes unresponsive issue I had seen (a quick off/on used to clear it, so I was 99% sure if was a software issue).

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Re: My Nexus 7

"I know seven days is a hell of a lot better than you get for the non-Nexus devices, but it was frustrating not knowing when it was going to be my turn, others in the UK got it within days."

If you want an even shorter wait when 4.2 comes out and 'Check Now' is saying 'no updates' , go into Settings > Applications > All > Google Services Framework and clear it's data. Then check for updates again.

I'm not sure why this works but it does. When I got my 4.2 update, I accidentally tried to install it with CWM installed, naturally it failed and when attempting to get the update again, 'No updates available'. Doing the above got me the update straight away.

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Re: My Nexus 7

" When I got my 4.2 update"

By that, I mean 4.1.2. :-)

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Re: My Nexus 7

I grew impatient waiting for 4.1.2, but the upshot was I learned a thing or two about how to install updates manually.

Google could really do with making the process simple and packaged, instead of making Windows users (at least) hunt around for an obscure driver that comes with another vendor's software package. That particular driver doesn't even come with the SDK mamager, which is ridiculous.

Still, worth doing just to know how.

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Re: My Nexus 7

That was 4.1.2 not 4.2. I'm guessing 4.2 will show up on the 13th when they ship the N10 and the upgraded N7.

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Re: My Nexus 7

Buggy crap OS that's why.

40,000 features and about 60% of them work.

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WTF?

Did Asus inform the world of their plans when the Nexus 7 went from Android 4.1.1 to Android 4.1.2 too?

It's an odd thing to announce - a relatively new tablet that people are still buying (according to Asus - a lot!), which Google sell direct from their play store, which has already seen one addition to the spec sheet (more storage) and which has had confirmed that a 3G version is due for release this month - is still being supported by it's manufacturer and Google......

Do we think this might have anything to do with the fact the iPad mini is in the news today?

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IIRC, Google announced the N7 would get the 4.1.2.

It's not really an odd thing for Asus to announce, someone probably ask them about it, so they answered.

Doubt it has much, if anything, to do with the iPad mini news (which from what I have seen is "Smaller queues than usual for Apple device"). The N7 already kicks it about with the existing facts and figures. Hardly need multiuser support to do that. Although having said that, getting some Android coverage from El Reg is quite something - This site pretty much slept through the Google announcement last Monday with one single, very short, copy/paste article.

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Its a big update, profiles are a major plus for tablets that generally get picked up and used by the family at random.

Especially as you can have a, *cough*, private profile. Say no more.

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Don't forget the incognito browsing option ;-)

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incognito

I was curious about this so I did a little test. Opened up an incognito tab to point at el Reg, then hit home, then recent applications. The result? The list shows a thumbnail screenshot of the "incognito" page.

I didn't really expect any other behaviour--apps can't tell the OS they don't want the snapshot when they leave the main activity, but they could blank the screen first in response to the task switch/leave activity message (or whatever they call it). I know it's a very minor oversight, but beware of not closing the incognito tab before going back to the home screen!

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Re: Upgrade is a huge plus

Want to install Ubuntu on the Nexus 7.

So simple, even and iPad owner that accidentally bought a Nexus could do it..

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Nexus7/Installation

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I'm quite tempted

Won't cost me too much if I flog my HP TouchPad either. I presume it's been rooted etc?

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Re: I'm quite tempted

Nexus Toolkit roots it in about 2 minutes flat.

Not that i've had much use for rooting so far (only reinstating Flash), the app store is so open that emulators, ad-killers and pretty much everything else work fine without rooting.

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Re: I'm quite tempted

@AC Quite Tempted - Rooting Nexus 7

The toolkits do root it quickly. However, if you are like me, and waited to root until after the 4.1.2 update, you'll have to load the 4.1.1 bootloaders for it to work. It will be interesting to see what happens when 4.2 comes out. I'll be holding off until the root issues are sorted again. I like my Titanium backup, et. all. :)

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Looking forward to that

Although I'm really curious if they just add a load of features or finally fix some very annoying bugs that very nearly caused me to trash my Nexus 7 into very little pieces more than once. Like the numerous editing bugs in text fields in Chrome.

Would also be nice if Android would finally support other layouts than just US English on external keyboards (USB or BT).

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Re: Looking forward to that

Thumbs up on the keyboard layout bit. Got quite peeved when I discovered that. If you're rooted and happy to have a bit of a fiddle then there are ways around it (not that you should need to). Posted up the way I did it here: http://floor4.co.uk/2012/08/07/nexus-7-bluetooth-keyboard-and-uk-layout/

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Re: Looking forward to that

"Like the numerous editing bugs in text fields in Chrome."

That has been bugging the hell out of me too, it's massively obvious here on the desktop El'Reg comments. Chrome does seem semi-half-baked and it makes me wonder why they were so hurried to replace the stock browser with it.

The only reason I can think is that if they do it post-release, they could face an Apple Maps scenario with users complaining about losing the default browser/having Chrome forced on them.

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Multiple accounts - yay!

I want to keep my gmail widget on the home screen, but I don't really want my daughter looking at my emails. (If only so that she doesn't know what I'm ordering for her for Christmas...)

So multiple accounts is an excellent idea.

Of course, Apple won't ever do this. If two people in your house want to use the iPad, you should be buying TWO iPads.

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"Of course, Apple won't ever do this. If two people in your house want to use the iPad, you should be buying TWO iPads."

Even better! You could have THREE incase your guests need to get online too.

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Multi-user! W007!

Su-bloody-perb!

£200 tablet with multi-user!

I'd rush right out and buy one if I didn't already have one!

I hope the app devs have been following the rules and guidelines correctly so my Angry birds scores are protected from the missus!

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Re: Multi-user! W007!

£159 actually...

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Re: Multi-user! W007!

Depending on capacity?

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Wow....

"will allow the Nexus 7 to play host to multiple user accounts,"

Welcome to the 20th Century.

Never got why you can't do this on any of these things.

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Cos they want you to buy more than one.

Also phones don't need multi-user accounts, and these tabs share phone OS's mostly.

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phones should definitely have multi-user accounts

My wife and I share a phone since I work from home. Whoever is out takes the phone. I'd *love* to have multi-user on a smartphone.

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Repeating Windows mistakes of decades past...

Would be interesting to see how they're handling multiple profiles... it seems LOTS of apps make use of /sdcard as their little playground for stuffing config data and temp files etc rather than ~/.appname

Is /sdcard going to be remounted as a per-user rather than per-device mountpoint? If so, how they gonna swing that with devices that have physically removable sd cards? Seems like Google have fallen into exactly the same pitfalls Windows did decades ago, with it's single-user-per-device mentality that means Android app makers have now got into really bad practices (assuming they can crap their data anywhere they like on the filesystem).

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Re: Repeating Windows mistakes of decades past...

Google probably just won't care for removable SD cards since no Nexus device has them.

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Re: Repeating Windows mistakes of decades past...

What will happen is that lots of app developers will realize their mistakes rapidly as their apps get 1* reviews, and will do somthing about it.

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Re: Repeating Windows mistakes of decades past...

Does it do USB host mode with an adapter?

Not that you want a memory stick tail.

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yes happens there too.

If does (sorta). The current situation is that Google/Asus doesn't enable mounting of usb storage using a adapter. However there are apps that enable it. For read only you don't need root, for read write you need root and a app called stick mount.

Hopefully Google will enable this in the future and remove the need for apps to do this.

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Re: Repeating Windows mistakes of decades past...

Apple hasn't done multiuser for the iPad yet, so Google doesn't have anyone to copy yet.

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So you're just buying a rebadged ASUS and Google aren't doing the software updates for it directly it is being left to ASUS?

What's the point of a Google branded device then?

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I suppose that there's NO Channel 13?

Just like the Asus TF101 - this Nexus can't be "persuaded" to operate on any channels ABOVE Channel 11 ???

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