Google Nexus 7 2013 update also fixes GPS issues

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Earlier today Google started rolling out update JSS15Q for their Nexus 7 devices that included a fix for the 2013 model to address problems with touchscreens. We now have confirmation from Google that this latest update also corrects GPS problems that some users were having.

The GPS problem would cause the Nexus 7 to lose the GPS lock after prolonged use of the GPS capability, especially in cases where a users was switching between several apps that use GPS. Considering all of the apps that are interested in a device’s location, it was quite easy to overwhelm the GPS code.

The update is still slowly rolling out to Nexus 7 owners. Other than the information gleaned from the support forums, Google has not released any official word on just what JSS15Q includes. We also continue to wait for Google to make the update available for download for those users who have moved on from stock and may not get it through the regular OTA method.

source: Google Product Forum

First post-release Nexus 7 update rolling out, fixes touchscreen issues

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Google has begun pushing the first-ever update to the 2013 Nexus 7 and will reportedly fix touchscreen problems that some owners were experiencing with their devices.

Google’s Paul Wilcox confirmed the plans to release new firmware on the company’s forums:

“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.”

It’s unknown as to whether the update includes other improvements/bug fixes as well, but it would make sense if it also included the security update that was pushed to other Nexus devices yesterday. Be patient and you should get the update eventually— as we all know, OTA updates are a process.

Source: Google Product Forums

2MB security update possibly rolling out to Nexus 7, 10, and Galaxy Nexus

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Just yesterday an OTA update which addressed security issues was rolled out to the T-Mobile Nexus 4 and is now being pushed to other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. The changes are unconfirmed at this point, but the update is known as JWR66Y. We do have the download link below to manually update your yakju Galaxy Nexus.

Source:  XDA – Galaxy Nexus / PhoneArena

[Deal] Staples offering coupon deal on 16/32GB 1st-generation Nexus 7 models

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It looks like Staples wants to clear out stock of their first-generation Nexus 7′s before the mad rush for the new Nexus 7, as they’re offering a coupon deal which expires this Sunday, August 18.  By ordering online, on the phone, or at the store, you can use the coupon code to get a 1st-generation 16GB Nexus 7 for $139.90, or a 1st-generation 32GB Nexus 7 for $179.90. If you plan on taking advantage of the offer, now is the time to do it because it expires soon! Official coupons after the break.


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Gameloft announces official launch date for Asphalt 8: Airborne via Twitter

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Back at the Nexus 7 launch event, Google announced that the next installment of the popular Asphalt racing series would be released on August 8th— that day is long gone and we still have yet to see the release of the game. But we do have some good news, as today Gameloft announced a formal launch date via Twitter— August 22nd.

Asphalt 8: Airborne looks like its going to be a great game, especially with its upgraded graphics engine, real-time multi-player and tons of other features built in. Only 7 more days until you can finally get your hands on it!

Source: DroidGamers

Google revises shipping costs/options for recently added Nexus 7 sleeve in the Play Store

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Just yesterday we reported on the outrageously priced shipping costs on the new Nexus 7 sleeve from the Play Store— customers were paying up to $22 just to have it sent to them. Way too much, especially when considering the price of the sleeve itself is $29.99.

It looks like Google’s taken a second look at what they’ve done and decided to revise the shipping costs and options for customers. Those who already purchased the sleeve yesterday (when shipping costs were sky-high) will essentially be refunded the full shipping cost.

For those who have not yet purchased their Nexus 7 sleeve, Google has dropped shipping prices and also added a third option. The three options now include:

1. Saver- 5-10 days for $3.99
2. Ground- 3-5 days for $7.99
3. Two-Day for $11.99

These prices are certainly a lot more reasonable and it’s good to know that Google righted their wrongs in this situation.

Sleeve for Nexus 7 released on Google Play for $29, available in both US and Canada

 

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Just as Google announced that the Nexus 7 would be available to customers in Canada as well as the United States, they simultaneously released a sleeve for the device, which will of course be available in both countries. It’s got a pretty basic design, with a black outside and a gray-cloth interior. A pouch is located on the outside which can hold cables and accessories for the device.

This new case will also fit the older model of the Nexus 7 as well, and is on sale for $29.99— according to the site, it will ship in 1-2 days. The cheapest shipping price is $17.98 which is certainly a bit too pricey for my taste.

Any of you guys planning on getting one?

Source: Google Play

Some new Nexus 7 tablet owners reporting problems with faulty touch screens

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If you bought a new Nexus 7 tablet and you aren’t having any issues with it, consider yourself lucky. First we caught wind of GPS issues plaguing early units, and now owners are reporting touch screen problems with some tablets. Unfortunately for touch screen issues, it’s not always something as simple as software like the GPS bug.

Supposedly, some tablets are experiencing unintended double taps, ghost taps, and erratic behavior on the screen, which is never something you want to see on your brand new tablet. Google has suggested users boot into safe mode to try to determine if any third-party app is causing the problems, but if that doesn’t cure it, your best bet is to contact Google directly. Returning the tablet to wherever you bought it is also an option (assuming you didn’t buy it from the Play Store) but you may end up with another tab with the same issues.

Any readers out there having Nexus 7 touch screen problems?

source: Google Product Forums

via: Phone Arena

Google posts binaries and factory image for new Nexus 7, including controversial Qualcomm files

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Since officially releasing the Nexus 7 (2013), Google’s latest device has been receiving positive reviews in general. However, some issues have come up, like some GPS problems that Google is aware of and is working on a solution. Another problem that surfaced that has the potential to impact Android fans beyond those who own the new Nexus 7 have been issues revolving around the release of Qualcomm binaries for the device. The issue was so contentious, that Jean Baptiste-Queru went so far as to submit his resignation and walk away from the AOSP project due to the difficulties in getting factory images released. Apparently the bad press related to that was more than Google could fathom as they have now released the factory image and binaries, including the Qualcomm files in question.
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ASUS roadmap points to smartphone devices for U.S. market

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ASUS gave a presentation in France earlier today to discuss their roadmap for tablet and smartphone devices, including intentions to get into the U.S. market with their smartphone devices. Two slides from the presentation show the breakdown of devices in each class. Common to both smartphones and tablet devices is the MeMO line, with the MeMOFone HD 5 apparently headed to the U.S. market. Other smartphone devices include the PadFone Infinity, PadFone mini, FonePad HD 7 and FonePad Note FHD 6. The last item in that list appears to imply ASUS will be producing a stylus equipped device to compete in that market.
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