OrionOS is a new custom firmware for Nexus 7 (2012). It is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and provides some really useful features that helps improving your productivity. The features include Master Heads-up display and expanded desktop so that you can work more on your Android device’s screen. Some tweaks have also been made as usual to increase the performance and stability. If interested in Android 6.0.1 for other tablets, check out our new Custom ROMs section. You can update Nexus 7 to OrionOS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by ASUS, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip and Google Apps zip files on your tablet. Also make sure, your warranty will be voided when you install this custom ROM.
As you continue reading below, we will guide you through how to backup data, some other important tips and the entire process of how to install OrionOS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow ROM on Nexus 7 with complete steps using CWM Recovery. Let’s get on with the tutorial now and make sure you backup your tablet as given below, because all the data will wiped during the installation process. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s begin with the tutorial below.
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OrionOS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow ROM Details:
This amazing OrionOS custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. A quick list of the main features in OrionOS is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Nexus 7:
Android 6.0.1 r10 based on AOSPB
– Statusbar icons
– Quick Settings (draggable)
– Clock settings
– Battery styles
– Battery bar
– Network traffic
– Double tap on statusbar to sleep
– Carrier Label
– Custom Headers – Normal, Modern, PolyHD
– Weather in status bar
– Slim Recents
– Clear all recent FAB with 6 positions
– RAM memory bar in recents
– Full screen recents
– Show search bar in recents
– Show running apps only
– Home, Menu, Recents button rebinding
– Volume key cursor control
– Volume key playback control
– Volume button wake
– Power Off, Reboot, Screenshot, Airplane Mode, User Switcher, Sound Panel, Bug Report
– Lockscreen wallpaper
– Show/Hide Lockscreen Clock and date
– Navigation bar customizations
Custom LCD Density
– Advanced Reboot
– Double tap to sleep on lockscreen
– Quick unlock
– Pin scramble
– Screen pinning
– New Icon and logo
– New bootanimation
– Dark theme switch (many improvements on various preinstalled apps)
– Layers Manager
– Uber 5.3
– Messenger instead of MMS (with NightMode)
– Update gallery (design tweaks)
– OTA (in device info)
– SuperSu in settings
– CM Browser
– Viper4Android 220.127.116.11
– Dashboard columns
– Ime selector notification
– USB debug notify toggle
– DayNight theme
– GoogleKeyboard by default
There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the ASUS Nexus 7, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
- Install Android 4.2.2: How to Update Nexus 7 to Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 Jelly Bean Software Update.
- Root Android 4.2.2: Root Nexus 7 on Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 and Install ClockworkMod Recovery.
- Android 4.2.2 Custom ROMs: For a complete collection of Nexus 7 custom ROMs, click here!
Like this OrionOS ROM based on the latest Android 6.0.1? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your tablet now. We will be waiting for your feedback! Please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.
ASUS Nexus 7 USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for ASUS Nexus 7 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving ASUS Nexus 7 backup data to Motorola Xoom.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You may need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Nexus 7 to OrionOS Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom firmware.