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Google Nexus 7 gets 720p HD video recording with a simple hack [video]

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:35PM EST

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Say what you want about 7-inch tablets being too small to compete with Apple’s (AAPL) iPad, but Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch tablet money can buy right now. That said, the fact that the tablet’s 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera only records in VGA (640 x 480 resolution) is a huge disappointment. XDA Developers member “hillbeast” has tried to remedy this by releasing a how-to guide for tweaking the camera so it can record video in a more-acceptable 1280 x 720 resolution. Intrepid tinkerers should note that they’ll need to root their Nexus 7 before hillbeast’s modified code can be injected, so the camera upgrade isn’t without its risks. Video showing a comparison between the original and modified cameras are posted below.


Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.