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    Default So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    And when I got the back off I noticed there wer 4 buttons, the power button, up and down volume buttons, and then this 4th button right below the down volume key.
    I wasn't sure what it was or what it did so I didn't press it because it was a customers device and didn't want to be on the hook if it wiped the data or something crazy.
    On the outside of the device there is an indention where the button should be but you still cant press it from the outside of the device.
    Here is a photo...

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    I did some searching and couldn't find any info on this button.

    So my question is, does anyone know what this button does?
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    You weren't supposed to find that. The Men in Black are coming.

    JK, I have no idea but I'm also curious.
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    Somebody should pop the back off of their Nexus 7, press it, and see what happens...
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    Quote Originally Posted by bosshaug12 View Post
    Somebody should pop the back off of their Nexus 7, press it, and see what happens...
    Hmmm, I'm tempted to take the dare...
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    E T phone home!

    Sent from the (4.2 updated) redheaded stepchild of the Nexii
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    Judging by the size, maybe it was originally meant to be a pinhole hard reset button?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Judging by the size, maybe it was originally meant to be a pinhole hard reset button?

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    LoL! As if!
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    It's not too crazy an idea. Remember when all gadgets would have a pinhole reset button in case it froze up? Maybe they originally designed it with one, then realized they didn't need it (or it was a dumb idea) and aborted it.
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    It's not too crazy an idea. Remember when all gadgets would have a pinhole reset button in case it froze up? Maybe they originally designed it with one, then realized they didn't need it (or it was a dumb idea) and aborted it.
    LoL no you could be exactly right. I just wanted to use "as if!" for nostalgia. Carry on!
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    If you press that button you will gain a million dollars and a random iPad owner will be killed.

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    lol

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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    I think B. Diddy is probably right.

    But, someone should still push it and see what happens. Who knows? It might hold the secret to time travel or take you to Narnia.


    Another thing I noticed inside the Nexus 7 was there is a place holder for a rear facing camera and even solder points for where a plug would go. Google's got all kinds of secrets in there.
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    Wow! mine looks exactly the same....
    Maybe it's a port for the future project of Google for Nexuses...
    You'll get an adaptor and when you'll push the knob in the hole, it will throw you one second further in the future...
    Awesome...
    Can't wait to get it...

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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    Quote Originally Posted by NoraMelua View Post
    If you press that button you will gain a million dollars and a random iPad owner will be killed.

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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    I don't think it does anything. I pressed it the last time I had my Nexus 7 open, and nothing seemed to happen.
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    Duh it enables the rear camera and opens the sd card slot and hdmi port... Where have you been?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_nobody View Post
    Duh it enables the rear camera and opens the sd card slot and hdmi port... Where have you been?
    SD card slot on a Nexus device? HDMI port and rear camera on a Nexus 7? You pulling our collective legs?
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    Quote Originally Posted by patruns View Post
    SD card slot on a Nexus device? HDMI port and rear camera on a Nexus 7? You pulling our collective legs?
    Yes, of course he is ... unless he has the inside scoop on the next generation N7!
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    It looks like the hole on the other side and the top for the mics. Maybe they were going to put 3 in it and the cost of adding a third was to much or figured if you're holding it your hand would block the hole.
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    I was thinking about an extra mic as well, but remember that the OP noticed a button under that.
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    Yeah it is definitely not a mic. Its a little metal dome button.
    iFixit has some photos of the 4 buttons but no word on what it does.


    I just can't think of what the purpose would be except either a reset button or maybe a camera button had they actually put that rear camera in there.
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    So, I have this old nexus 7 laying around with a broken screen and you know what I pushed the number 4 button and NoraMelua was right. I did gain a million dollars and a random iPad owner was killed. No, no not really, but the money would have been nice. I pushed it and it did nothing, nothing at all, no blue smoke, no shorts, nothing on the screen to show that it sent Google a message saying I pushed something they didn't want me to. I must have pushed it two dozen times and still nothing. You still have to wonder why its there.
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    Now the NSA is after you! Say hello to Bolivia!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bldrgn2043 View Post
    So, I have this old nexus 7 laying around with a broken screen and you know what I pushed the number 4 button and NoraMelua was right. I did gain a million dollars and a random iPad owner was killed. No, no not really, but the money would have been nice. I pushed it and it did nothing, nothing at all, no blue smoke, no shorts, nothing on the screen to show that it sent Google a message saying I pushed something they didn't want me to. I must have pushed it two dozen times and still nothing. You still have to wonder why its there.
    Freakin' knock it off... my garage door keeps opening and closing on my car!!!!!
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    Default Re: So I was taking apart a Nexus 7 for the first time today...

    It's too big to be a reset button. I think there were plans for it, but Asus/Google decided to scrap it. What those plans were, we'll never know..
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