Asus Nexus 7 (2012)

model: ME370T (GSMArena specs Nexus 7)

  • nicname: grouper
  • cpu: nVidia Tegra 3, Cortex-A9, quad-core, 1.2 GHz
  • memory: 1 GB
  • storage: 32 GB
  • display: 7 inch, 1280x800, IPS, 10 finger multi-touch
  • wireless: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • GPS: yes
  • NFC: yes
  • Bluetooth: v3.0
  • battery: non-removable Li-Ion 4325 mAh (16 Wh)
  • serial number: 015d25787c4ff00b
  • Android version: 5.1.1 (was: 5.1, was: 5.0.2, was: 4.4.4)

Bootloader mode: power off, hold "volume down" and power on.

OS testing: pmOS,

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2021-08-15: I re-created this page on my self-hosted web server.

2018-05-01: from Thingiverse, lasercut Nexus 7 Case and Stand, for the Nexus 7 2013, but still. Others: Nexus 7 stand with thicker outside,

2018-01-16: apps - install Google Home - permissions: identity, position, wi-fi info, Bluetooth connection info,

2017-09-30: LineageOS unofficial builds: Download Nexus 7 2012 Lineage OS 14.1 [grouper] [Android 7.1.1 Nougat],

2017-01-06: I set up a google account for this device.

2016-10-25: magic-device-tool makes it easy to install different OS on your device.

2015-05-09: this evening I will install Android 5.1.1 System Update (size: 9.6 MB), which is already downloaded (I don't know when). Right now battery level (15%) is too low to install, I'll have to charge the Nexus 7 first. When battery level was at 20% I was able to reboot and install the update. Reboot, install, optimize apps (99). After the upgrade, the tablet runs Android 5.1.1, kernel version 3.1.0-gf5d7b8b, #1 Thu Jan 8 04:50:16 UTC 2015, build number LMY47V.

2015-03-17: this evening another system update is available - Android 5.1 System Update, I select download (101.6 MB), after the download battery is a 97%. Reboot, update, optimizing apps (99). After the upgrade, the tablet runs Android 5.1, kernel version 3.1.10-gf5d7b8b, #1 Thu Jan 8 04:50:16 UTC 2015, build number LMY47D.

2015-03-01: while charging today, when the tablet powered up, it did some "Android upgrading", but afterwards everything is the same?

2015-01-14: checked the tablet today and discovered that a new system update had been downloaded, waiting for me to install it. This time it is Android 5.0.2 System Update - 311.2 MB - improves performance and stability and fixes bugs. Battery was at 54% when I started the update. Reboot, update, optimizing apps (99). After the upgrade, the tablet runs Android 5.0.2, kernel version 3.1.10-g6ff7a51, #1 Wed Dec 10 19:55:59 UTC 2014, build number LRX22G.

2014-07-04: another system update - Android 4.4.4 System Update (improves performance, security, stability and fixes bugs). I connected a charger (battery was at 24%) and started the update. Download is already done, It does a restart, install and reboot. After the upgrade the tablet runs Android 4.4.4, kernel version and build number as before.

2014-06-21: a system update was available, Android 4.4.3 System Update (improves performance, stability and fixes bugs). Download, restart and install. After the installation the tablet now runs Android 4.4.3, kernel version 3.1.10-g1e42d16, #1 Thu Mar 13 11:33:27 PDT 2014. Build number KTU84L.

2014-05-19: today the package from was delivered, straight into my mailbox. The Nexus 7 simply "clips" into the plastic backside of the leather case.

2014-05-14: I ordered a black Rotary flipcase (varenr 75921) for the Asus Google Nexus 7 from, the price was NOK 104.- and shipping was NOK 39.- so NOK 143.- in total.

2014-04-08: bootloader mode: It says "fastboot mode" in red, then product name - grouper, variant - grouper, HW version - ER3, bootloader version 4.23, baseband version - N/A, serial number - 015d25787c4ff00b, signing - not defined yet, lock state - locked. Menu choices (via volume keys) are: power off, start, restart bootloader, recovery mode. If I try recovery mode, the Google logo shows up, followed by a dead Android with a red warning sign over hos opened belly, and the text "Ingen kommando." (no command) below.

2014-04-08: I haven't done anything with the Nexus 7 yet. It still runs Android 4.4.2 (Norwegian), kernel version 3.1.10-g4776c68, #1 Wed Nov 20 15:07:54 PST 2013. Build number KOT49H.

2014-01-08: the seller and I worked within walking distance of each other, so the deal was closed, I paid and got the Nexus 7.

2014-01-06: I found a Nexus 7 (2012 model) 32 GB on, which the seller wanted NOK 700.- for. It has a US charging adapter, but that is no biggie.