Please tell me there's a solution to this..!
Normal startup: Stuck at Google screen.
Unlock bootloader: Stuck at selection.
Recovery mode: Stuck at Google screen.
My Nexus 7 2013 had always been fine, and I liked stock android very much, thus saw no need to unlock the bootloader. When the 5.1 OTA came, I updated my N7 and it started crashing and restarting on its own. One day, it restarted again and got stuck at the Google screen.
Of course the first thing I did was to get the Nexus Root Toolkit, and tried flashing stock rom. Of course it didn't work since it was oem locked. When I tried to unlock the bootloader, I was prompted with the screen asking if I want to unlock and wipe all data. I selected unlock and pressed the power button. Then it froze (I left it for 8 hours, plugged in to a power outlet).
The next logical thing to do was to start recovery mode in the fastboot to do a factory reset, except it simply switched to the Google screen and was stuck there.
I'm pretty desperate now, that's why I'm posting here. Sorry if it's the wrong category or something. I've read many articles, but it's always ONE of the THREE issues I have. They often refer to using a method that involves an area where it's affected by the other problems.
Please help me, I don't want to see $250 down the drain :(