About a week ago, Google finally released Android 5.0 for the GSM version of the Nexus 7 (2012). I was beginning to wonder whether they planned to release this at all. My Nexus 7 is mostly relegated to be used when the iPad runs out of power. This is why I was really looking forward to breathing some new life into the old timer with Android 5.0. Not being an active device that I depend on, I am always trying out new ROMs on the Nexus 7 whenever possible.
When you don’t have to worry about your data being backed up and all that, installing a new or different version of Android on your device becomes really easy. In face just 2 commands later Lollipop was up and running on my Nexus 7. Why was I worried about losing data you ask? That’s because of the delay from Google in releasing Lollipop for the Nexus 7, I had installed CM11 on it. Therefore, there was not going to be any data saving anyway.
Setting up the Nexus 7 after 5.0 installation was the easiest setup that I have ever had to do. After connecting to the WiFi network I generally have to manually sign in and let the device sync to my Google account. Not this time. All I had to do this time was “bump” my Android phone to the Nexus 7 and through NFC and Bluetooth the devices exchanged the account information and signed me in automatically! That was unexpected and a very pleasant surprise.
This feature really makes it easy to sync everything without going through the rigmarole of having to put in your password all over the place. Well technically it’s not “everything” but everything that you can sync with your Google account. While the process doesn’t specifically mention that NFC would be needed, the sounds that the devices make are the same as if it were. Bluetooth gets activated as well, which is how the account data gets transferred.
The new device gets set up with the same Google account and also syncs all the related items like the background, apps and some of the settings.
A pretty good use of multiple Android devices, I think. Now if only Google told us that this was there.