Android 4.4.3 + Root for Nexus 7! [2012 + 2013]

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Android 4.4.3 is finally HERE folks.  For those of you with a rooted Nexus 7 (2012 edition) or the New Nexus 7 (2013 edition), there are official OTA updates for both.

Of course, being rooted means you don’t have to bother with OTA or unrooting, rather you can easily install a rooted version using CWM or TWRP recovery.

The latest Android 4.4.3 firmwares have no visual changes whatsoever for the Nexus 7 series but there’s a ton of improvements under the hood you will appreciate including faster performance and better battery life.

The Android 4.4.3 for Nexus 7 2013 Edition is really solid, you can actually feel the smoothness vs. Android 4.4.2.  For the 2012 Nexus 7, Android 4.4.3 is a bit clunky to be honest, I would stick with custom ROMs with overclocking and/or custom kernel.  BUT, if you must try it, just make a backup ROM, install ROM, try ROM, then restore your ROM back again.

There’s already slew of Android 4.4.3 custom ROMs out now, I am gonna spend some good time finding a the best combo for maximum performance and battery life.  That should be out on this site soon. (Just sign up for our e-mail newsletter if you feel lazy to check the site as we can alert you as soon as that’s up.)

That’s all for today folks, if you are still running stock rooted ROM, definitely try the new Android 4.4.3, you can dirty-flash over it if that’s the case.

For Nexus 7 3G users, you will need to grab the factory firmware for now, or wait couple days and there should be a CWM/TWRP-flashable zip soon, which I will update.


Download Android 4.4.3 + Root for Nexus 7 2012 (original)

Download Android 4.4.3 + Root for New Nexus 7 2013 Edition

For Nexus 7 3G, try CM11 with Android 4.4.3 here.

For Nexus 7 2013 Edition LTE, try Omni ROM with Android 4.4.3 here.

Want to unroot with stock firmware?  See here.

Credits – N7, N7_2013 <— Please donate to the hardworking developers who have brought the official firmware in easy-flashable zip files or hit the Thanks button on XDA!

Having trouble with root after installation?  If so, grab the latest SuperSU zip file and install with CWM or TWRP recovery, that’s it!

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