Android 4.1.2 comes to the Nexus 7, introduces landscape mode

by: Andrew GrushOctober 9, 2012

Android 4.1.2

A new Jelly Bean update is rolling out to lucky Nexus 7 owners, starting today. Android 4.1.2 is an incremental upgrade, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Most of the changes have to do with bug fixes that improve stability and speed. There is also finally a way to move beyond portrait mode with the Nexus 7.

Up until now, Nexus 7 owners didn’t have access to a landscape mode on the home screen unless they were willing to utilize a minor hack or use a 3rd party tool to get the job done. While most 7-inch tablet users spend a great deal of the time holding their devices like they would a smartphone, it is still nice to have the option to use the tablet in whatever orientation you wish.

According to Android Open Source Project lead Jean-Baptiste, the new release should roll out today for those with pure AOSP builds of the mobile OS. Many users across the net have had positive success in getting Android 4.1.2 installed on the flagship Google tablet, though it isn’t showing up for everyone yet.

This is the only Jelly Bean device that officially has the upgrade, as of now. With that in mind, it is very likely only a matter of time before the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom follow suite.

Any Nexus 7 owners get the upgrade yet? Any other noticeable changes beyond the new landscape mode?

  • Marvin Garcia

    Nothing yet. Been mashing update button for last 20 min.

    • Andrew Mezzi

      Same here :(

    • where do I find a update button on the nexus 7?

      • Joe Lavery

        settings->about tablet (last item)->system updates (first item)

  • no update so far for me, here in the uk. but use nova launcher, so the landscape mode is not a issue for me.

  • Ugo Marceau

    Nothing in France yet either.

  • Been trying the update button all afternoon…nothing yet!

  • Abrar Chowdhry

    nothing yet in canada

  • Ezye1313

    Do you have to do anything to get this? Are all nexus 7 owners with stock 4.1 going to get this today?

  • saurabhaj

    In no way you cannot expect it to roll out in all devices in one time,
    So stay tuned!

  • sheepybach

    Just checked and nothing in the UK either. It’s still showing as 4.1 on google play also. A few screenshots around but can’t find anybody who has been able to update yet.

  • Random

    nothing in israel -.- I’ve been trying to update since yesterday ….


    Am beginning to think this maybe a wind up as I still can’t find anybody who has updated to 4.1.2. Still nothing in the UK.