Nexus 7 can record 720p video with a little hackery

The 7″ Android 4.1-running sub-$200 Nexus 7 brings a premium Android experience in a cheap package. The device was the first launched running Google’s latest version of the Android operating system, version 4.1 codenamed “Jelly Bean.” To get to such a low price, Google and ASUS made key omissions in the slate’s design, most notably the lack of a rear-facing camera. Users instead are limited to taking pictures and video conferencing via a 1.2 megapixel front-facing slate, which until today was limited to 480p when recording video.

Members of the XDA-Developers¬†community posted a modification last week that allows anyone with a small tolerance for device hackery the ability to update their devices to allow for 720p video recording. With a 1.2 megapixel shooter, the quality still won’t be stellar by any means, but original poster hillbeast¬†noted marked improvements over the 480p videos previously recorded. If you’d like to unlock the full potential of your Nexus 7’s front-facing shooter, hit the via link below. As always with modding, do so at your own risk, and if you choose to try this out, let us know how it went for you in the comments.

[via PocketNow, XDA-Developers]

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