Android 4.3 Will Be Coming to the Sero 7 Pro This Fall

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A rant that I have seen myself going on lately is that lack of compliance with GPL (This all has a point to it, I promise). This was most apparent when I purchased the Sero 7 Pro. Like many before it, the kernel source for the device was essentially nonexistent. I emailed them and posted under one of their Facebook posts with no response. Finally, I got response from them on Facebook via private message. It read as follows:

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Prompt, cordial and understandable. While I’m not quite comfortable with the word “possibility” in there, the second half keeps hope alive. So, we may be seeing some source code soon, keep your eyes peeled and buy a Sero 7 Pro if you haven’t already.

Now to the reason for this post. Simply to take a leap of faith, I inquired about Android 4.3 for the S7P, and this is what they stated:

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There you have it everyone, your Sero 7 Pro will in fact see an Android 4.3 update this fall. Now I understand that Android 5.0 is set for it’s release around the same time, but let’s be real here, how many Non-Nexus devices will see it before Q2 of 2014? Between OEM skinning and gimmicky features, even that prediction is kind of modest. So for the first time in my experience, a Chinese manufacturer will update the same device rather than release an entirely new hardware refresh. Thank you Hisense!

Now just a quick rundown, the Sero 7 Pro isn’t some fly by night device. It has all the same specs as the 2012 Nexus 7 (literally) plus an SD Card slot, dedicated mini-HDMI port and 5MP back camera. In my opinion, it can still compete with the Nexus 7 2013 outside of the Snapdragon Processor and Screen resolution, all for a sub $200 ($149 plus tax to be exact) price tag, a feature that the Nexus 7 has seemingly left behind.

So for the Sero 7 Pro owners, are you excited about Andy 4.3 gracing your device? And for the potential buyers, does this make you want to get one? let us know in the comments below!

About the Author

Mingo Allen II
It all began with a Mytouch 3G Slide, and never in a million years would I have thought that I would be where I am today with Android. I'm a developer, gamer and absolute Android fanatic. Right now, I'm sporting an HTC Evo 3D, with my old Samsung Galaxy S 4G as my mp3 player, and My Nook Tablet as my go to device for games and stuff! Oh, and I love to write man!

  • PJPELDO

    Thanks , great update. You not pulling are no open port ???

    • Mingo Allen II

      Wait, what?

      • WOLF

        I knew of this tablet before anyone else. Of course, I was sporting the first watch phone in my city. Because of the savings of this tablet, I was able to preorder the kindle 8.9 fire hdx. -WOLF

  • paratwa

    Yes I am very excited about getting 4.3 for the Sero. I really did not think it would happen. I was even surprised when they came out with the build update.

    It means a lot to someone in my income bracket when the products I purchase get their life expectancy extended. I love my Sero 7 Pro, since I purchased it, it has not left my side. While I cannot connect to the net at work, I am still able to listen to my music all day, and even watch a bit of a movie at break time or just read a book.. Thank you Hisense for giving us a nicely priced device with features that the more expensive devices do not have. You rock Hisense!

    • Mingo Allen II

      I agree, I’m a college student, and Nexus devices and the likes are just not feasible purchases, so this tablet was a life saver.

  • FILA

    Never heard of this tablet, Im sure Im not the only one, lol.

    Welcome back! Its been a while since I seen you

    • Mingo Allen II

      lol I wrote a story on it a while back. And it’s nice to be back. I just got really busy, I had a college orientation (it was like a week long), then I came back only to find out that my family had relocated, dad got a new job in a new city 3 hours away, and so we have kinda been driving back and forth to pick up our belongings until dad’s first check rolls around and we can go get our stuff via U-Haul. To top it off, whenever I’m not with them, I’m with a family member who wants to take me shopping for school stuff since I check in on August 16th. The moral to the story, I am pretty much never home on the computer lol, so putting out a story is very much easier said than done. Today just happened to be one of those days where I got a chance to sit in the house and relax, so I figured I’d harass HiSense, and it turned into a story :D

      • FILA

        Your family moved without telling you! Wow, does that tell you something, lol. What are you going to school for? And yea, time flies very fast, there goes a month, when you sit and write up a post there goes another 4 hours of your life on the computer.

        • Mingo Allen II

          Lol I knew we were moving, but it wasnt supposed to be until the next week, but things changed and he was able to start early! Im actually going to school to study English, then gonna get my masters and Ph.D so I can be a prof :D, and I know right! Time has completely gotten by me!

  • A.Noid

    Yeah, but it only has 8 GB internal storage, which is not enough for a gaming device even if it does have an external card slot. You only have what, 4-5 GB available? Need For Speed Most Wanted takes up 2GB by itself. Really need 16GB minimum.

    • Mingo Allen II

      I had the same issue. Here is what I recommend, go ahead, bite the bullet and get a 32GB micro SD card, Im actually going to get a 64GB (People have confirmed that they do work in the S7P) and put the 32GB in the S4 I’m getting, but after you do that, download this app called foldermount (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devasque.fmount&hl=en) and install it. The free version only allows four games to be installed, but it wasn’t expensive to upgrade to pro version. You have to be rooted, but what it does is takes the additional data from a game like that and moves it to the SD Card, but manipulates the tablet into thinking its in the internal storage. The process is self explanitory and it doesn’t take forever to complete. with user installed apps AND system apps, I have 101 apps installed on this tablet WITH 2GB of data still free And about 120 IG Pictures/Screenshots on the internal storage. That doesn’t even include the little video that came preinstalled on the device and the pictures I have taken with the camera. Out of those 101 apps, 16 are games, and 7 of those games do in fact have caches ranging from 200MB to 2.1GB, majority of those caches at least 1.2GB each. So I know it’s a bit of a hassle, but for the price tag, you couldn’t really get much easier than what’s before you dude! Give it a try. :)

      • A.Noid

        I had already tried that app on my Samsung Galaxy tab 2, and it didn’t work. I tried it with a few different ROMs.tried several other apps that were supposed to do something similar. I gave up, and bought a Nexus 7 3g

        • Mingo Allen II

          Have you tried it on this device specifically yet??

        • michael

          I have… There are very easy instructions to follow on xda pages. I did it the day I got mine (accidentally the first day they came out lol). Now all I want is the source code to be released so we can start making better custom Roms…. Even kit kat Roms if we aren’t updated automatically. With regards to the root, it is very hard to brick this tablet, believe me I tried just so I know its limits before I started flashing crazy stuff.

        • paratwa

          Like he said before, it needs to be rooted. Have you done that? It’s very easy to do.

        • paratwa

          Also, I was not able to afford $330 for a Nexus 7 3g 32 gig. But i do have everything I need and then some. No problems mounting games or apps to the SD card since my Sero is rooted.

  • Doug Lowe

    Thanks loads! I love my Sero 7 Pro. I have always said it is way better than the Nexus 7. I am thrilled about this update news. I had been wondering if it was going to happen.

    • Mingo Allen II

      Glad this article could provide some good insight :)

  • SudokuGal

    Just got mine today. I’m really impressed with it, given it’s price. Now I’m thrilled to know that Hisense plans to keep up-to-date.

  • Doug Lowe

    Do you know if the 4.3 update to Sero 7 Pro will add the ability to have multiple users and save apps to the SD card?

    • paratwa

      4.3 does add multiple users, but if you want it now, you can root the Sero and install a custom rom and UI from xboxexpert over at the xda forums. It gives you multiple users and much more! It’s very easy to do, just follow the directions, and in about a half hour it will be running better than it already does.

      here’s the link to it
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2297246

      • Doug Lowe

        Thanks. What about the second part of my question, will 4.3 add the ability to save apps on the external SD card, or can that only be done if you root?

        • paratwa

          I have no Idea if 4.3 will allow running apps from external SD card with no root, It would be nice if Hisense would change it so that would happen, but that will be a wait and see.

    • Poofy

      Multi-user is already in the default stock rom, it just isn’t displayed. You can root it and run a few commands through a terminal emulator to add new users. It is a really fantastic feature, very worth the 5 minutes it takes to setup.

      Here are the instructions I used
      http://tabletuser.blogspot.com/2013/06/sero-7-pro-multiple-user-mode.html

      • OldThing

        Do you know how the person in your link got the “Window” screen on the Sero 7 Pro?

  • May

    Wow that is great news that there will be a jelly bean 4.3 update! I can’t wait for this update :-) I am loving my Hisense 7 pro tablet that I bought yesterday. Really a great affordable price for the specs we get. it is better than the nexus 7 since it doesn’t offer a micro SD card and rear camera.Thanks Hisense!

  • Mayie

    Wow that’s awesome news that there will be a Jelly Bean 4.3 update! I got my Hisense Sero 7 Pro yesterday and I must admit I do not regret buying it! It has more features than the current nexus 7 have. With the SD card slot and rear camera is a bonus for the price :-) I can’t wait for the update! Thanks Hisense! :D

  • Max

    I confirmed with Hisense as well and got an email from a Hisense Technical specialist, saying that the Sero 7 Pro will get the 4.3 Jelly bean update! No date set yet though.

  • Hube

    Where can i buy online the Sero 7 Pro?

    • Beef Johnson

      Walmart. They are exclusive to Walmart. The price also just dropped today from $149 to $129

    • OldThing

      There is nowhere to buy them online, not even Wal-Mart. They are only available in the actual Wal-Mart stores. You can order it online on the Wal-Mart store, but you have to pick it up at the store, whatever location you select. Go to Wal-Mart. Even if they tell you that don’t have them, make them look, or look in their display case for yourself. I am telling you this from personal experience. They do have them, lots of them.

      • paul j

        hello. Not sure if can buy from UK but go to http://www.ebuyer.com. European model has 32 GB internal memory – costs £140.00. You will need to convert into dollars.

      • paul j
  • Ed

    I think you can move apps to SD card with link2sd, but you will need to repartion your card so it has a 2nd Ext2 partition. I don’t know of any tools that will do this without wiping the card. Seems to work okay for me.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2142844

    BTW, nice to hear of two sources confirming the intent to provide 4.3 by HiSense, but I will believe it when I see it.

  • Bigg Doggie

    HiSense will announce in near future that the H7P does NOT have enough memory to run Key Lime Pie and that they are releasing a 16gig versioin that you can buy for $179 which will run KLP.

  • paul j

    hi guys. I live in the UK (Scotland) and our model has 32gb internal storage!!!

    • Tony Marvin

      Paul, what version is yours showing? mine is still showing
      M470BSE, 4.2.1, 3.1.10 & P756.6.01.04.EN00 whereas I’ve heard that the US has
      P756.6.02.20 and have had 2 updates in August & September.

  • Art Sulenski

    I will be purchasing 2 – H7P in October in the states during my visit as they are not available here in Costa Rica. I’m hoping that jellybean 4.3 will be on those units as they will be used in CR as our internet is so flaky I would be afraid of trying to update here.

    • James

      I doubt these will come with 4.3 pre-loaded any time soon after the release, because all of WalMart stores (and even HiSense themselves) are going to sell through all of the old inventory before they start circulating new inventory with 4.3 on it. What you can do is just buy them, run the setup while here in the U.S. and it will update to 4.3, and then you’re all set! Or when down in CR just find an internet cafe that has a decent internet speed. I was there a few years ago and I know they exist. Good luck!

      • Art Sulenski

        CR does have some good internet cafe’s. Thanks for the mention that i can do the upgrade in the states. At the price the 64 cards are going for i will get one while there also. I have a cruz t103 now which has been a good learning tool but as it cannot be upgraded to 2.3 we are out of luck on many, many things. If i should try and root it here and brick it then there isn’t any where here i can buy and English version of anything, so i set and wait. What i will do after the s7p’s are here is to root my t103 to see what i can do with it then, if i brick it no big deal. Mingo, good luck in your college endeavor.

  • Amanda

    I just bought one today and will be buying 3 more for my kids.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    I have had an issue with Wifi on three units. The download speeds are slow while the upload speeds is perfect. Signal strength is not an issue what so ever. Just the download speed.s Hopefully this will be fixed with an OTA update. Fantastic device and I actually like it better than the Nexus 7 2013 despite the year old processor.

  • randomblame

    I have android 4.3 built from source running on sero 7 pro follow me on twitter randomblamekd and search it out on xda :)

  • Tricia

    I bought one 2 weeks ago at 129.00. I love it , best of all tablets I have and sure beats out the ipad. Very excited about getting 4.3 update. Can’t wait. Thanks for the info.

  • Cheesynoodles

    The best and most functional tablet that I’ve owned, including Nexus and iPads. I’m now expecting this tablet to skip 4.3 and go straight to 4.4 KitKat as this is the sensible direction taking into account Google’s desire to see this version ‘address the fragmentation’ of android. Fingers crossed. Still, a cracking device with 4.2.1.

  • david carlson

    I like it, other than the fact I have had to do 4 factory resets on the thing in order to get it to boot. Basically, once a month or so.

  • Ug Li

    I installed a 64GB MicroSD (SandDisk SDXC) card on the Sero 7 Pro (with Android 4.2 installed from factory) and the tablet did not recognized the card. Has anybody else already installed the 64GB card or know how to make it work?

  • Ug Li

    I found the answer to the 64GB SD card install on Sense 7 Pro: http://forums.androidcentral.com/other-tablets/305585-anyone-tried-64gb-microsd-their-hisense-sero-7-pro.html

    Although, I have not tried yet.

  • ManjT

    I like the sound of this tablet. In UK the S7P comes in 32gb internal storage so it’s good value for money. Does anyone know if it can do display mirroring? Also great that it’ll be updated to 4.3.

  • Tony Marvin

    10 days left of “Fall” so will be interesting to see if the 4.3 update does come out. More importantly to Europe… UK models look to be at least 1 possibly even 2 updates behind the US

  • hSt

    The hisense sero is a great unit. We are six days into December and no upgrade yet. Maybe they are going to jump right up to kitkat.

  • Tony Marvin

    Has anyone heard anything on the 4.3 update? It certainly can’t be down to spec. The UK model has 32Gb storage and 1Gb RAM so plenty for 4.3

    • Kyle Cordiano

      I asked them 3 weeks ago and they are still saying “The Fall”

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  • Cristian Campusano Becker

    just wondering if the offer of updating to android 4.3 it’s still going as the source code has been already released, what do you guys think?

    • Kyle Cordiano

      If they went back on their word and not releasing the 4.3 update, I can guarantee they are going to loose customers.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Someone on Walmart asked a question regarding the 4.3 update and someone from “Hisenseproductexpert” says he is not aware of any updates from Hisense.

  • Angel

    Where is the Hisense upgraaaaaaaaaaade ?????

  • Angel

    Hey guys, I just received the Poetic case for my Hisense Sero 7 Pro,,,,
    Its fits PERFECT !!! It’s a beauty, very well constructed, too .
    If you haven’t bought a case for your Sero 7 Pro, get this one . You won’t
    be disappointed ! $12.95 Amazon

  • Angel

    I e-mailed Hisense about an upgrade and this is the answer I received

    ” I cannot comment on if there is or is not and
    update coming. I have not been told of one.”

    Best Regards,
    Didn’t even include a rep name !! Dam !!

    • Kyle Cordiano

      Since when…. July 2013 a Hisense Rep has been saying there is a 4.3 update planned for the fall and now 6 months later, someone is saying they do not have any ideas about an update….. Not good. The main reason for buying this device besides the price and features, was the fact that this was expected to get 4.3 I do not even care about kitkat, I just want 4.3 at this point. If they do not deliver, then I will be looking at getting a new tablet then and they will completely shatter their reputation that was getting good for Android Devices.

      • Angel

        Yeah, if they don’t keep their word, I’m selling my 7 Pro in a garage sale ! And picking up something from a more reliable company !
        Just NOT right or fair. Then I’m taping a gigantic sign on my car and drive around my local Walmart protesting against Hisense !
        LOL

        • Stephen Yuen

          Almost seems worth forking out a little bit more to get a Nexus 7 just to get timely upgrades ;)

        • Kyle Cordiano

          I originally had the Nexus 7, but returned it for this. Still happy I did as I really like the Sero 7, but they need to at least give us 4.3

  • Paratwa

    Here it is February and still no update from Hisense. How disappointing.
    But at least it is still working strong after a year with no problems.

  • Guest

    Would 4.3 upgrade allow apps to sdcard? M library app
    requires 4.0 + but only allows 10% on my current tablet. I will not buy another tablet until I know it will allow me to move this app to the EXTERNAL SD card. My current one has the fake internal SD card. I bought a 16 GB and 32 GB SD card before I figured that out. Seriously considering this tablet if the new ones have apps to SD card.

  • Angela M England

    Would 4.3 upgrade allow apps to sd card? My library app
    requires 4.0 + but only allows 10% on my current tablet due to space. I will not buy another tablet until I know it will allow me to move this app to the EXTERNAL SD card. My current one has the fake internal SD card. I bought a 16 GB and 32 GB SD card before I figured that out. Seriously considering this tablet if the new ones have apps to SD card.

  • Ron

    So where is this so-called update?

    • paratwa

      Didn’t happen, won’t happen. I am running

      AOSP 4.4.4_r2 DoPa v2.1 from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2709243

      It has been working great. Give it a try.

      • Ron

        On a Hisense Pro 7 Tablet?

        • paratwa

          It’s not a Hack. It is a full version of Android 4.4.4 but it’s a Generic version, You will have to root the tablet and install GAPPS (google play) and yes it’s for the Hisense 7 pro. Just follow the instuctions on that webpage and it’s very easy to do.

      • Ron

        So this is a hack? No thanks! Been there and done that before. Too many issues! I will just buy a windows tablet and be done with this one! But thanks for your input!

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