SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has released Android 4.1.2 for its Nexus 7 tablet.
"We're releasing Android 4.1.2 to AOSP today, which is a minor update on top of 4.1.1," said Jean-Baptiste M. "JBQ" Queru, technical lead for the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) at Google.
"As a note to maintainers of community builds running on Nexus 7: please update to 4.1.2 at the first opportunity."
"Future variants of the grouper hardware will have a minor change in one of the components (the power management chip) that will not be compatible with 4.1.1," he added, hinting once again that a new Nexus tablet is in the works.
In terms of new features, there are not all that many. However, the update does finally bring landscape mode to the Google Nexus 7 enabling users to use the device horizontally, a feature previously unavailable on the Android tablet. Google also says that the update brings a handful of bug fixes and stability improvements.
Don't get too excited though. We checked for software updates on our Asus branded Nexus 7 tablet and were told that there's nothing for us to download yet. It's likely that Google has released the update in the US first with a UK release to follow soon, but the company hadn't responded to our request for comment at the time of publication.
We got the notification about the update on our UK based Nexus 7 late in the evening on 15 October.
The install required a restart, but did not take long. It did as we expected, that is to let us view the homescreen on landscape.
It might not sound like a big change, but we must admit that we appreciate the option. µ
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