Friday, 30 August 2013

Tablet UI On Nexus 7 2013

The Nexus 7 is one of the most popular tablets in the 7-inch department. A gorgeous little form-factor mixed with powerful internal specifications has managed to push the device ahead of the competition. The 2013 Nexus 7 also follows the same footsteps of its predecessor. However, as popular as the Nexus 7 has proven to be, it’s immediately evident that it differs in some aspects to other Jelly Bean powered tablets. People who are used to using a different tablet running Android Honeycomb and up, then the Nexus 7 along with its UI in the current form looks like a big jump, while keeping the phablet UI in mind. The Nexus 7 introduced a user-interface which was essentially a hybrid creation and took inspiration from an Android smartphone interface as well as a full-blown tablet UI. 

The Android community is extremely well known for being more than happy to investigate internals of Android builds and tinker with whatever they see fit. Although the phablet UI wasn’t entirely terrible to use, it have created some slightly problematic user-interface annoyances which users would be keen to get around. The changes made to the SystemUI.apk meant that the Android soft keys and specifically the dedicated notification area required a lot more space due to their separation.

The Android community has never been the type to shy away from any kind of challenge or just make-do with what they’ve been given. As such it is now possible to get the full Tablet UI for SystemUI.apk up and running on Google’s latest Nexus 7. Most good things often come with a few downsides. The modification in its current form doesn’t play very well with the native Android app launcher, so anyone going down this route will need to find and use one of the many powerful launcher offerings available. This also require your 2013 Nexus 7 tablet to be rooted.

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