Guide: Install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on your Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4

Jelly Bean 4.3 isn’t a big update, and you might be happy to wait for Google to make available the update to your Nexus tablet, but we’re pretty impatient. Plus, we’re itching to try out the new ability to update user profiles with content restrictions, which is ideal if young children will be using the tablet.

Here’s how to get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update on your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablet the easy way.

Install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on your Nexus 7, Nexus 10

Step 1. First check what version of Android your Nexus tablet is running. From the home screen, pull down from the top right of the screen and choose Settings. Scroll down to About tablet, then look under Android version. You’ll most likely find Android 4.2.2 here, or perhaps Android 4.1 if you’ve never updated your tablet.

Step 2. Next, check whether Google has already made available the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for your tablet. In the same menu, tap on System updates. The next screen will either inform you that an update is available, or state when the tablet was last updated. If no update is available, tap Check now.

Chances are you’ll find that still no Android 4.3 update is available. At this point you can sit back and wait a few days for the new flavour of Jelly Bean to appear, or you can force your tablet to download the update.

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New Nexus 7 Review – Running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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As expected, the new Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. The 16GB Wi-Fi-only version will be available for $229, with a 32GB Wi-Fi-only model coming for $269. A 32GB 4G LTE (unlocked) version will retail for $349.

Among the key features are an HD screen (with 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution); front and rear cameras (1.2- and 5.0-megapixel, respectively); Bluetooth 4.0; a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor; 2GB of RAM; NFC; and an Adreno 320 GPU (the same graphics chip used in the Samsung Galaxy S4). There’s also support for dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and wireless charging using any Qi-compatible charger.


The large top and bottom bezels from the first-generation Nexus 7 return.

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