Nexus 7 (2013)

Build JSS15Q has begun rolling out for Google's latest tablet

Following yesterday's updates for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, which are still in the process of reaching all users, Google is today pushing out its first post-release update for the 2013 Nexus 7.

Google's Paul Wilcox confirmed on the company's product forums that new firmware is indeed rolling out to fix touchscreen sensitivity issues reported by some Nexus 7 owners —

"As a couple of you have mentioned, there's a new system update that's started rolling out for your Nexus 7s. This update does address the touchscreen issues discussed in this thread. If you're one of the people experiencing touchscreen issues, please let us know how it's going after you've received and installed the update."

There's no word as to whether the patch includes any other changes, but it's possible it might also include whatever security fixes were rolled out to Nexus phones yesterday.

If you're not seeing anything on your Nexus 7 just yet, you're not alone — our devices aren't showing any updates available just yet either. As is always the case with Google updates, you might need to wait a few days before it's rolled out to your tablet.

Source: Google Product forums; via: ​XDA


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New Nexus 7 getting update with fix for touchscreen issues


I could not believe all the problems of the Nexus-7 2013 in the forums.. I returned mine and purchased a Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and could not be happier.

I couldn't believe all the problems either but was happy to realize my Nexus 7 is flawless and had none of them. :)

Well sadly I'm having issues with the ghost tap crap! Come on updates!

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That's too bad it didn't work out for you. I purchased two units on the 26th of July. Both units work fantastic. I have not had any of the GPS or touchscreen issues. This tablet is a beast. I looked at the tab 3 but The specs just didn't compare at all. We all have our own opinions. Glad you are happy.

I'm still on JSS15J the build everyone had the issue with. No problems at all.

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going on two weeks now my my 2013 Nexus 7 and have yet to encounter any issues what so ever.

Dont forget the 80/20 rule for every 1 person that complains, 4 other people are not encountering any issues at all.

So true. I bought mine in early August and have none of the touchscreen or GPS problems that have been reported. I think this tablet is terrific. I sure hope this update doesn't break what isn't broken...

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I was surprised about the problems too, since mine didn't exhibit any of them. Didn't find out till I read about them for others. Sad though I hate to hear it when good products have bad results for a few. Hopefully this update fixes the issue.

Oh God... What a bad decision you made. I mean, the galaxy tab 3.0 is an awesome device but is inferior to the nexus 7. The nexus 7 have Better graphics processor, better screen resolution and will have all the android updates. Your galaxy tab will not have all the software updates. The only thing that I have against Samsung is that once you purchase a device they stop publishing updates, forcing users to buy the latest device...

Guess the update doesn't cover the original N7. My 2012 N7 has ghost tap issues at times and its very frustrating! I will be working at the upper left of the screen and bam a tap occurs at lower right or somewhere random. This should not happen in Google's flagship tablet even for the previous model. And, no, I won't be "upgrading" to the new and improved model with even more issues!

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There's a Youtube video explaining the reason for touchscreen issues on the old N7. Take the back cover off and reseat the video cables. Apparently they can come out just a bit from being moved around, bumped, etc.

Hmm interesting, thx for the info. Sounds scary but maybe not too bad, I'll look into it.

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I'm really hoping for a fix to the flickering issues. I am rooted and have tried several of the fix suggestions with no luck.

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One thing I have learn about Nexus is to wait a few weeks before buying one.

I figure the First of September is about right for my Nexus 7

here's hoping the new update addressed the GPS issues and random reboots as well.... I've returned my Nexus 7 but fully intend on buying another when the bugs are worked out.

That's great to hear, ive been experiencing the touchscreen going unreponsive occasionally and give it a hard reboot to get it back in gear

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I have the old nexus 7 and I got the update yesterday. Now running JWR66Y. I haven't noticed anything new except Google Keep now has a reminder feature.

I keep pressing "Check Now", and the status is still saying "Last checked for update on Aug 21". Normally the time will show up if it checked today. Tried rebooting and still not changing. Anyone else getting this? Is it not really checking in?

I noted the 'ghost taps' on my Nexus 7 - moments of spastic behaviour only really sorted with the occasional hard boot - and this afternoon, this 'System Update' appeared. Not a lot of Press on this prior to today that I'd seen (okay, none), so its arrival was a bit of a surprise.

Still, I let it download and install. Its a little disconcerting that Settings > System > About tablet does not (unless you are aware of Build numbers, I guess) make any reference to this 'System Update' such a .xx version change, and its early days yet to know whether this update 'took'.

Only hiccup I initially noted was that my Wi-Fi connectivity icon (upper right) did not change from gray to blue when it connected to my home network - yet it was working - but a couple of hard reboots later, this seems to have resolved itself.
I read on another site that it may have included a GPS patch as well, so I don't know if this was part of the issue here.

Will keep my eyes peeled for the OTA! This multi-touch issue hasn't negatively impacted my use as it is.

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For those who have already rooted and flashed custom roms on their tablets, be patient as these new updates will be incorporated into the custom roms soon enougb

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Hopefully this fixes the issue. However, I do have some doubts. I had the issue on the first unit I picked up and ended up exchanging it with no issues on the 2nd unit. Perhaps I haven't kept up to date on the issue since the new unit works fine but if exchanging the fixes the would think it's a hardware issue rather than a software one?

Not necessarily, people forget that ASUS, Samsung, Apple, and just about every major OEM will often use different suppliers for certain parts within the same device. So even though there's only two Nexus 7 (16GB/32GB) they may have two or three touch panel suppliers, 2-3 eMMC suppliers, etc. There is SOME degree of hardware variation on these things and software has to account for that (different drivers, tuned to the different parts).

I haven't really had any problems with mine UNTIL i tried to update it. Now it's showing me that the update is available, but i keep getting an "Unable to download" message. Anyone else having this problem?

Got my update on Sat... only had the gps bug... All gone now and happy to report touch screen works just as well as before (I didn't have problem prior though)

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same here in landscape mode the keyboard is really unresponsive, i have to tap several times to get certain letters keys to respond. I have all the latest updates 4.4 KTxxxxxx version no a brand new unit on 2/12/13.

it will be going back i think. £230 for a substandard tablet? no thanks!