Sunday, January 13, 2019

Nexus 7 and Nougat

I've been playing with my Nexus 7 2012 for a long time. For me it's the perfect size.

When I last posted about it 2 1/2 years ago, I had updated it to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Rereading that post this is what jumped out at me:
[I]ts performance is consistently Ok.
That was generous. It was so slow that I eventually set it aside and bought a Nexus 7 2013.

Recently I decided I wanted a cheap tablet to keep in the car. I looked at Amazon Fire Tablets but then came across my old Nexus 7 2012 in my junk pile.

I spent some time Googling for ROMs for it and found a couple of Android 7.1 Nougat ROMs.

The people who had flashed Nougat had good things to say.
Still have plenty of memory space. It all runs nice & smooth. Very well done guys!Everything works great with the latest version of the rom. Thank you for your work !Thank you very much for this rom. It's very smooth and fast.
So I dug out my old ThinkPad with adb and the Nexus drivers and got to work. adb is always a little bit of magic and the busted screen on the ThinkPad didn't help any.

First I had to install twrp. As usual this was the hardest part.

Then I flashed the ROM and pico Gapps.

After a couple of hours the Nexus 7 2012 was booted on Nougat.

Now it's on Android 7.1.2 with the September 2018 security patches.


Yeah, It's slow but usable and not bad for a 6+ year old device.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Squoosh

I guess all the good domain names are gone. I've recently posted about Sweech and Zoolz.

Now there's Squoosh.

Squoosh is a web app from Google that will optimize image sizes to reduce page load time.

I would have thought that web image optimization has already jumped the shark what with 100+ Mbps home broadband but what do I know? I realize that not everyone has that bandwidth. My mother only has 10Mbps.

Squoosh runs all in the browser and after you load it the first time you can run it offline. Again, not sure WHY you'd need to do that but it does work.

Anyway, on to what it does.

I sent a 1.44MB jpeg to Squoosh and it optimized it to 521KB, a savings of 66%. There was no discernible difference in the image.

Original

Squoosh

That's nice.