Sunday, August 25, 2013

Nexus 7 Makeover - Tablet UI to your Nexus device

Nexus 7 is a first tablet produced by Google. It's a 7" device, which means it has a classic, mobile UI. This interface, however, may not suit everyone so here's a little guide how to change the user interface from mobile to tablet on your Nexus 7 (2012/13).

Changing the interface is not hard at all. All you need to do is to change the density to a lower value. The tablet recognizes the value and changes it's iterface, hardware controls and notification bar on its own.
The TabletUI looks like this (after the change):
Changing the density
As I wrote, all you need to do is to change the display density.

You'll need:

Root access, ROM ToolboxA Brain (and responsibility)
Download the ROM Toolbox and grant the superuser access.Navigate to build.prop editor and slide your finger from left to right.Open ro.sf.density manager.Change the density (let's say) to 170.Reboot.

If you think it's too low, you can change the value anytime you want. But please note backup your default build.prop before doing anything - wrong handling can potentially harm the device or cause the soft brick. Note also changing the density can cause bootloops and make Google Play stop working. This can be fixed by changing the G-Play's density to a normal value.
If you changed the value but do not see the UI changed, try to mess up with the values (160..). Make a backup of your ROM in case of bootloop.

Updated -

If you changed the density but with no result on the interface, flash the patch to enable the TabletUI automaticlly. I strongly recommend you to make a backup before flashing.

The patch works on Android 4.2.2 but It's not confirmed to work on the newest version - 4.3.

1 comment:

  1. i just try on Nexus 7 jelly bean 4.3 is NOT WORKING