10 Things to Know About the Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 Update

Google recently confirmed a Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. The Android 6.0.1 update is the first major upgrade to the Marshmallow operating system and it’s an important one for Google’s aging tablet.

The Nexus 7 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update starting rolling out to the 2013 model back in early October. The update delivered numerous changes including new features, bug fixes and enhancements. It also, according to some Nexus 7 users, brought problems along with it.

We’ve been hearing about Nexus 7 Marshmallow problems for a number of weeks and last week, Google finally did something to address the concerns.

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Earlier this month, Google pushed out the first big update for the Marshmallow update in the form of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Android 6.0.1 is an incremental update but it’s an update that Nexus 7 users should have on their radar as we push through the month of December.

Now that we’re a few days removed from the release, we want to shine the spotlight on the Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 update and talk a little bit about its performance, some of the problems Nexus 7 users are having, fixes for these problems, and more.

This Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 roundup will help those of you that’ve already installed the software and those of you that are still waiting.

Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 Update Review

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Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 Update Review

We've been using the Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 update for a few days now and we want to share some thoughts on its performance. Remember, this update is not officially available for the Nexus 7 2012. Google is no longer supporting the older model. So if you own one, stop looking for Android 6.0.1.

First off, as a reminder, the Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 update, if you're moving directly from Marshmallow, is less than 70MB. The update took us only a few minutes to download though the installation and app optimization process took closer to six or seven minutes. We'd set aside 10 minutes or so to make sure the job gets done. 

The Nexus 7 2013, at least our Nexus 7, is still performing at a high level. We've been poking and prodding the Android 6.0.1 update and so far, the software is treating the slate very well. 

We haven't noticed any dip in battery life during our time with the update. The tablet is still holding a solid charge while in use and when it's in standby mode. The standby part is crucial because we typically use this tablet for a few hours at night and that's it. 

Wi-Fi connectivity is still strong and so is Bluetooth. We haven't experienced any major issues with either of those. Same goes for app performance. Same goes for UI speed. Thus far, we haven't noticed any lag. Lag, lockups and freezes are common complaints about the Nexus 7 but we haven't seen any during our time with the software. 

If you're coming from Android 6.0, we recommend Android 6.0.1. It fixes some annoying bugs, brings some quality new features and it's been an outstanding companion for our slate. 

If you're coming from something older, you'll need to be careful, especially if you're not adept at reverting back to old software or installing custom ROMs. 

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15 Comments

  1. Davin Peterson

    12/15/2015 at 12:09 pm

    I received it last Thursday while in Australia

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  2. Piet Timmermans

    12/16/2015 at 1:14 am

    Last night I get the update to android 6.01 (for Nexus 7, 2013). The update started to optimize about 77 apps. (normaly after an update it are about 125 apps). After optimazing the android system started and begin again optimizing apps, 41 this time. After that the optimzing get in a ‘loop’ and repeated itself time after time. Wich means Android starts optimizeing 41 apps, finish, android starts up and get optimizing 41 apps again. And again and again. I run this for more dan 4 hours and android is still optimizing. Stopping this is possible, but after starting the tablet again the android software start repeating again (and again).
    Do you know a solution fot this problem. It’s like yoy have locked yourself out of the house with all the keys in the house

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    • mzaid

      12/18/2015 at 6:36 am

      same problem plz guide

      Reply

  3. Larrykmelo

    12/16/2015 at 7:07 am

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  4. chriss1

    12/16/2015 at 8:43 am

    @ Piet Timmermans – I have the same problem… Even flash with the tool “nexus root toolkit” by wug fresh don’t really solve the problem because after a restart i have the same bootloop again…

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  5. Robert H

    12/16/2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve got the same problem as Piet & Chriss1.
    Endless start-ups restarts.

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  6. John T.

    12/16/2015 at 9:55 pm

    Mine is looping the updates as well….Cannot get it to revert.

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  7. Tony

    12/17/2015 at 2:58 am

    Yep I have the same problem!
    Trying to resolve with Nexus Toolkit at this moment.
    Will keep posted.
    Tony G

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  8. Alexandru Barbu

    12/17/2015 at 4:43 am

    Hi! I have a Nexus 5 and upgraded to 6.0.1 and for some reason I can’t turn the Total Silence option off… I tried restarting the phone but the problem persists. Do you have any solutions? Thanks.

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  9. Shane

    12/17/2015 at 12:58 pm

    Every time I type the letter a it auto types two of the letter a.

    Daamn frustratingly. Any fix for this?

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  10. Gary Newell

    12/17/2015 at 8:54 pm

    I had the identical “looping” problem with my Nexus 7 and searched in vain for a solution on the Web. I tried several times to clear the cache, as was suggested by some Web commenters, but it didn’t work — the looping returned every time. The only thing I found that promised to be effective in ending the loop was a reset to factory settings. Reluctantly, I did it, but (of course) that required sacrificing all my data and purchased apps. (There was no chance of a backup before the factory reset; the “endless loop” prevented any sort of backup or other operation.) So, now I have an updated Nexus but with none of the useful apps or stored data I had before. And, as a bonus, the update yielded no discernible performance improvement whatsoever. Thanks a bunch to the people at Google or wherever who pushed out the update without field-testing it sufficiently to identify and solve a problem that, from the look of things, turns out to be a frequent occurrence.

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  11. jay

    12/18/2015 at 11:00 am

    perhaps connecting the nexus to a computer, and then use the windows explorer to copy as much as you can to your computer. i’ve saved some data that way.

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  12. TR

    12/31/2015 at 3:22 pm

    I have the same bootloop problem. I’ve read many blogs and tried to wipe and re-image the device to no avail. Any help would be appreciated…

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  13. Robert Strong

    01/06/2016 at 12:39 pm

    When I click on Heritage Foundation news section an error comes up and says “an error occurred during the transport of information from the server.” Is this a tablet problem or a web site problem?

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  14. andyf

    08/01/2016 at 5:08 pm

    Strange. I wasn’t aware there was an issue with 6.01 so I just let it get on with it. After 6.01 was installed, there were a number of monthly updates which, again, I just let it chug its way through them. Eventually, the upgrade and updates completed and everything seems fine.

    This is on the second generation Nexus 7 – this one has never been rooted, and not even been turned on in over six months.

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