The Nexus 7 Android 4.3 update is rolling out now to owners of the aging tablet and while it will be bringing new features to the table, it also looks like it may tackle some of the issues that emerged with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update that arrived in late 2012.
In November of last year, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean rolled out to Google’s Nexus devices including the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and the Nexus 7, Google’s original 7-inch slate. And while the update was initially welcomed by Nexus owners, it soon became clear that the update was riddled with a host of issues that have plagued device owners to this day.
Nexus 7 owners seemed to get the brunt of the problems as users experienced everything from lag to Bluetooth issues to poor battery life to slow charging that all but rendered the device useless. While quick fixes emerged and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean touched down, Nexus 7 owners continued to notice problems with their device.
Earlier this month, Google announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, an incremental update that includes Bluetooth Low Energy, a tweaked camera application, amongst other things. However, from the looks of things, it’s also having a solid impact on the performance of the older Nexus 7.
According to AnAndTech, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has brought fstrim support to Nexus users. In the simplest terms possible, TRIM is a controller for memory and with it on board, it will help to better manage the storage on board the Nexus 7. Before Android 4.3’s arrival, the Nexus 7 would continuously look over things that were once written to the device’s storage, even if they were no longer there. This has been thought to be one of the main culprits behind the lag issues that affected many Nexus 7 owners.
The changes will be gradual after installing Android 4.3 because TRIM needs some time to evaluate the Nexus 7’s storage and work its magic. However, after a couple of days, users should notice a difference. TRIM has come to all Android devices with Android 4.3 including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 so users of those devices could see increased performance as well.
It appears that the Android 4.3 update is also full of other fixes as well as users are reporting that the slow charging issues on the Nexus 7 have been alleviated and users are apparently seeing increased battery life. What this means is that Nexus 7 owners would be wise to install the update when it arrives.
The software has been rolling out since last week though it has yet to reach all users. Google typically rolls out its Android updates in stages which means that Nexus 7 owners will need to remain patient while the roll out continues.