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10 Things to Know About the Nexus 7 Marshmallow Update



A few days ago, Google started rolling out its Nexus 7 Marshmallow update. The Android 6.0 update brings a ton of enhancements but it also brings some problems. With that in mind, we want to take a look at a few of the most important things to know about the Nexus 7 Marshmallow update and release.

Earlier this year, Google confirmed an Android M update for several Nexus devices. The company also produced a beta called Android M Developer Preview that allowed select Nexus users to download and try the software out ahead of its release.

Google’s Nexus 7 2013 wasn’t included in the Developer Preview. The company’s aging former flagship was, however, included in the Android 6.0 Marshmallow release that started rolling out earlier this month.

The Nexus 7 Marshmallow update isn’t available for the 2012 model but it has come to owners of the newer variant. And while nothing is confirmed, we expect this to be the last system update for Google’s slate.


The Nexus 7’s Android 6.0 system upgrade has been around for a little over a week now and it’s starting to push to devices in the United States and around the world.

Google’s new operating system brings a ton of new features to the table but it also, according to some Nexus 7 users, brings problems.

Today, we want to take a look at those problems and several other Nexus 7 Marshmallow update details. Here is what current and prospective Nexus 7 Marshmallow users need to know about Google’s latest release.

This Nexus 7 roundup covers Marshmallow problems, a few reasons to skip the Nexus 7 Android 6.0 update when it arrives for you and some strategies that could come in handy as we move away from Google’s October 5th release date.

Nexus 7 Marshmallow Update: Early Impressions

Nexus 7 Marshmallow Update: Early Impressions

We're still waiting for the Nexus 7 Marshmallow OTA to arrive on our tablet so we can't offer up our own impressions just yet. What we can do though is highlight some of the feedback we've seen from other Nexus 7 users. 

While there are some rotten apples, the feedback about the Nexus 7 Marshmallow update has been, at least thus far, overwhelmingly positive. Nexus 7 users are saying that the update is running great on their tablet and that battery life has been outstanding during their time with the new software. 

The Nexus 7 2013 hasn't landed for a ton of people yet so feedback is still scarce. If you're going to be relying on that feedback, and some of you will be, keep your eyes peeled. We'll be posting our impressions of the update just as soon as it arrives OTA. Google's Nexus Help Forums are a great place to start poking around.



  1. Akash Gupta

    10/19/2015 at 9:33 am

    I have successfully ported the Android Marshmallow ROM on my Nexus 7 (2012).

    Check the Video—>

    • Tony Powell

      03/26/2016 at 5:47 am

      Nice video but can you please advise me how to upgrade my Nexus 7 2012 device to Marshmallow…any help greatly appreciated.

  2. Jim

    10/20/2015 at 5:29 am

    Article contains no infomation

    • Mike

      06/25/2016 at 12:49 am

      The info that appears to be absent from the article is actually the caption for each photo (10 photos= 10 Things to Know About the Nexus 7 Marshmallow Update).

  3. Dave

    10/21/2015 at 10:38 pm

    This article is uninformative and vaguely written. Complete waste of time

    • Mike

      06/25/2016 at 12:51 am

      The info that appears to be absent from the article is actually the caption for each photo (10 photos= 10 Things to Know About the Nexus 7 Marshmallow Update).

  4. JRap

    10/27/2015 at 10:10 am

    What is the point of this article?

  5. uncle9

    10/28/2015 at 10:24 pm

    I’d like to know exactly why Marshmallow ISN’T going to be available for the 2012 Nexus 7. I bought this device (two, actually) precisely because I felt that Google would support them for a long time, and because they didn’t suffer from the forks/bloatware/other nonsense that proprietary vendors built in to their devices. It just doesn’t seem to me like 3 or 4 years is a “long time.” I’m now out of the picture for Google. I probably won’t return.

    • Philip Arnold

      10/29/2015 at 12:34 pm

      In which case you’re out of the picture for ALL mobile devices – Apple support their products for 4 years, Google for 4, BB for 3, Microsoft for 5, so if you think 3-4 years is not a “long time”, then you’re going to cut off every mobile OS

      If you think about it, considering the price compared to things like the iPad, getting around 4 years support for 1/2 the price is an AMAZING deal, especially considering that some manufacturers only support for 2 years!

      Since you consider 4 years support is too short, I expect that you’ll never buy a smart phone, never buy a tablet and never buy a desktop computer!

      • Vito

        11/15/2015 at 10:12 am

        Google has never supported any device for 4 years – neither has Microsoft for their non-Intel devices. Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) are the longest supported devices – 2 years – and t’s doubtful they will get the next update. Google has promised 24mos of support i believe.

      • biff

        01/11/2016 at 4:32 am

        The problem isn’t that they’re not supporting 2012 as much as that they rolled out a half baked version of lollipop rendering a number of nexus 7’s useless and then dropped support for Marshmallow leaving people with semi functioning slabs, and no way to fix them.

    • mwsmichaelwilliamscott

      09/09/2016 at 5:46 pm

      C’mon, uncle9, you’ve GOT to be kidding!!!
      Three years IS a long time in the tech world………..YOU KNOW THAT!
      If you OWNED a Gen 1 (2012) you know very well they never operated on much more than KitKat with any REAL degree of satisfaction.One gb of RAM just doesn’t cut it for working ANYBODY’S current OS these days……….admit it…………now that you think about it!?!?!?!!?

  6. Jose

    11/05/2015 at 5:35 am

    10 things to know about the N7 and Marshmallow…

    #1 Our device has yet to be updated to Marshmallow.

    Bwraaa… haaaa…. ha… ha. This really cracked me up.

  7. Clint

    11/06/2015 at 10:15 am

    WTF, where’s the article?

  8. Gattwnnk

    12/02/2015 at 5:29 pm

    I learned nothing from this article.

  9. O When

    12/30/2015 at 10:37 am

    Will the Nexus tablets get an update soon? It seems like better hardware is available. I just got a Nexus 6p and love it. If I needed another tablet soon, I would not buy a 3 year old tablet, can we get some new hardware please?

  10. dominik

    01/02/2016 at 4:29 am

    I know less than before reading the article. What a genius has wrote it?

  11. Ron

    06/08/2016 at 9:47 pm

    I ordered the Nexus 7 (2012) before it was being shipped. It lagged, touch screen froze or didn’t respond at all. I am a forgiving soul who didn’t think that Google would take advantage of me and a software update would fix all. Then came the 2013 hardware release, without a mea culpa to 2012 owners with software not compatible with my 2012 version. The Android 6.0 on my M8 is a work in progress, the Win10 on the desktop is not bad and I like the Chrome OS on my laptop. But, not enabling Nexus 7 (2012) early adopters to have the quality experience I have enjoyed on Google platforms over the past 10+/- year is a shame. I am disappointed that I cannot move beyond this paperweight Nexus 7 (2012). Anyone have any ideas other than a competitor’s tablet within my price point.

  12. Mike

    06/25/2016 at 12:47 am

    The info that appears to be absent from the article is actually the caption for each photo (10 photos= 10 Things to Know About the Nexus 7 Marshmallow Update).

  13. mwsmichaelwilliamscott

    09/09/2016 at 5:56 pm

    Yeah, Ron, I’m afraid I have to say…………”Grow up, buddy! Smell the coffee! They’re not in it for YOU. They’re in it for the money”………which, in English, means, the more/bigger websites that can operate on a given OS……..the more/bigger ads that can be placed on said website.

  14. Paul Hazell

    09/10/2016 at 3:41 am

    As lolly pop was quite a problem on Nexus 7 devices with them crashing all of the time that Google would correct that issue by allowing Nexus 2012 owners the latest upgdade

  15. Sam

    09/13/2016 at 7:45 am

    Putting Marshmallow onto a 2012 Nexus 7 would actually decrease performance and run slow as hell with all kinds of performance based issues as MM is optimised for newer devices with more RAM and quicker CPUs. The 2012 version of the N7 has fairly poor specs compared to the 2013 N7 and even compared with modern budget tablets available now new with decent quad core CPU’s and 2-4GB of RAM for not much money. Any tech from 2012 is now effectively past its life span and redundant for anything more than basic use, in this day and age where mobile devices/tablets/laptops and netbooks with decent specs cost so little compared with 4+ years ago and are only designed for full support for 2-3 years (4 years on higher end and flagship devices).

    No doubt owners of the 2013 Nexus 7 and other similar age devices will soon be complaining that Android v7 Nougat wont be available for them as standard OTA updates…

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