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Nexus 7 (2013) Android 4.4.2 First Impressions Video



The Nexus 7 Android 4.4.2 update is rolling out to users and we spent the last day or so using this new version of Android on the Nexus 7 (2013) model to see how it performs.

The Nexus 7 (2013) Android 4.4.2 update is available over the air and for manual installation, but the rollout is slow so you may not see an update yet, and checking for an update more than once a day won’t help. We’ll cover what’s new and what you can expect when you update to Android 4.4.2.

Read: What Not to Expect After Android 4.4.2

My Nexus 76 skipped right past Android 4.4.1 which arrived on some Nexus 5 devices, and this update is rather small, but it did bring speed enhancements in some areas and one slowdown in another area.

Nexus 7 (2013) Android 4.4.2 Video Overview

The two-minute video below shows what’s new on the Android 4.4.2 update for the Nexus 7 and illustrates a problem with slow downloads and web browsing.

Overall the performance of the Nexus 7 (2013) with Android 4.4.2 feels snappy with fast access to apps and overall navigation around the tablet feels slightly faster. I have not run into any app compatibility issues yet, and wouldn’t expect to find many as this is a relatively minor update.

The Android 4.4.2 update for the Nexus 7 2013 does make one noticeable update to the tablet experience, especially for users that use the Nexus 7’s rear camera. While taking photos, users can swipe to the right to see recent photos. Tapping on these will open the Photos app that is part of Google Now, rather than the Gallery app that it used to open. The change is small, but is a nice touch as I am using this app more thanks to the automated backups, nice image editing features and auto-awesome photos and videos.

Check out what's new and a potential Nexus 7 Android 4.4.2 issue.

Check out what’s new and a potential Nexus 7 Android 4.4.2 issue.

One thing that is troubling is that the Nexus 7 is downloading webpages, apps and files slower after the Android 4.4.2 update. This takes place on two separate WiFi networks and when using a LTE device as a personal hotspot. At this point we are waiting for additional reports to rule out a glitch on our end or poor internet connectivity in the area before calling this an overall Android 4.4.2 bug.

Overall the performance of the actual tablet is good, so I am hopeful that the slow WiFi is not part of Android 4.4.2.

The Android 4.4.2 update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 is rolling out slowly to users, so you shouldn’t be concerned if you don’t see it yet, it should arrive soon.



  1. Ronald Geiken

    12/12/2013 at 5:02 pm

    With Android 4.4.2, MX Video player no longer works. Found that out today when it got installed on my Nexus 10. Guess it is finally using the default player. You Tube plays OK, but Fox News still not stable. Each new Android update brings it’s own set of problems.

  2. Adirolf

    12/13/2013 at 5:42 am

    Where did you get your Nexus 76?!?

    • Guyzie

      12/14/2013 at 9:28 am

      He’s probably beta testing it for a new market segment. I gotta save up for a bigger backpack now, before it hits the market.

  3. ken

    12/14/2013 at 11:49 pm

    My mx player doesn’t work either. I also tried various other media players including VLC nothing works.

  4. Damian

    12/15/2013 at 6:29 pm

    MX player just did an update that should work with 4.4.2 . mine wasn’t working but is fully functional now. I wish the navigation bars were transparent a la nexus 5!

  5. Neal

    12/21/2013 at 11:44 am

    Have you found out anything new with the slow web browsing in 4.4.2? Mine is slow too.

  6. Steve

    01/09/2014 at 8:39 am

    Automatic orientation is no longer working. When I turn the tablet 90 degrees for vertical format, stays in horizontal format. Anybody else noticing this?

  7. barry

    01/14/2014 at 5:57 am

    I have a lot of home video files on my nexus7; since the update these videos are very dull. setting is on brightest, and downloaded movies are still bright. Any ideas?

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