How to get the full tablet UI on the Google Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 tablet was unveiled just a week ago, and while it has received a positive reaction due to its specs and the wallet-friendly $199 price-point; the Android 4.1 (Jellybean) interface we saw it running was a little disappointing due to being designed on the phone interface of Jellybean. However, below is a screen-shot of the tablet interface for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet which does seem to look a lot better in terms of design aesthetics.

Google’s intentions at I/O weren't to mislead – in-fact, the device will still ship with the phone interface of Jellybean, but the device will also be capable of being tweaked in-order to support the tablet interface should users prefer it.

Google likely made the tablet support the phone interface natively to keep things simple between the users they are marketing the device to. However, if you're one of the users who wish to make best use of the screen real estate by removing the notification bar at the top and incorporating it into the more convenient system bar at the bottom, then this will most likely be perfect for you.

To do this, users are required to edit the LCD density in the build.prop file on the Android system – so rooting the Nexus 7 tablet is mandatory. Long story short, once you’ve opened your build.prop file in a text editor, simply change the entry for ro.sf.lcd_density to 170. Then save, and reboot and you’ll have an interface more suited for tablets – it’s that simple. Of course, you’ll have to get your hands on the Nexus 7 later this month to try it.

Source: XDA-Developers

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