Did you know that you can make the original Nexus 7 noticeably faster by simply installing a tweaked kernel which controls the flash memory? The Nexus 7 (2012) was one of the fastest tablets when it launched two years ago. It was also the best tablet for the price because you couldn’t find many quad-core devices under $300.

However, these specs are considered mid-end today. Nonetheless, the Nexus 7 is still fairly powerful. But if you have been using it for one to two years now you will obviously notice aging signs such as lagging, app crashes and random reboots.

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The main reason for this slow down is the flash memory. Because it has been used for a long time, it degrades and gradually starts to become slower.

The good thing is that you can make your Nexus 7 (2012) fast again, even faster than when you brought it out of the box. By installing a tweaked kernel (LegoKernel), your flash memory is being controlled by a software called F2FS. 

What is this software and what does it do? F2FS does a simple yet important job. Basically, it takes into account the characteristics of NAND flash memory-based storage devices, in this case the Original Nexus 7 and helps it to improve the performance on important cases. It improves the IO Speed and increases the responsivity of the device making it a lot faster.

How to install LegoKernel (F2FS) software on the Original Nexus 7?

Since it is an easy tweak to install, I recommend installing it to everyone who wants a faster device.

Things you will need:

a) LegoKernel itself (link)

b) Special TWRP Touch Recovery (link)

The installation process is quite simple.

First of all, flash LegoKernel with the current recovery that is installed on your tablet. Then, using  Fastboot, flash the custom TWRP recovery. During this process you have to format your device, so it is a good idea to make a full backup of your files before continuing with the installation process. That’s it. Now you will notice a faster and better experience with your tablet.

For any questions please leave a comment down below.

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  • “The installation process is quite simple. First of all, flash LegoKernel with the current recovery that is installed on your tablet.”

    Srsly? Simple? So, how then, does one “flash LegoKernel with the current recovery that is installed on your tablet”? If you’re going to say it’s “simple”, provide comprehensive instructions. Otherwise, link to a website that DOES have instructions on how to “flash LegoKernel with the current recovery that is installed on your tablet”.