Google starts rolling out firmware update to fix new Nexus 7 touchscreen issues

Frustrating touchscreen issues patched in latest firmware update.

The 2013 Nexus 7 which will start shipping next thursday in the U.K., has received its first post-launch update to fix touchscreen issues that some people, who already have the device, have been experiencing.

Google's Paul Wilcox announced the update on the product forums saying:

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.

The new Nexus 7 was announced just a month ago on the 24th, so it's good to see Google taking care of these issues so quickly; the update starts rolling out today and there's no word on any additional features added to the firmware update.

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I've had problems where the device would require harder drags to switch screens horizontally occasionally but other than that the screen has been pretty responsive.

That's likely the issue they are referring to. The original Nexus 7 had the same issue. Basically I think it is a memory leak in the driver as the original one had it fixed in software as well. As you use the unit it will lose responsiveness and it will show up as requiring harder taps and drags to work. It's good they are able to fix it on this generation as well as it means that it was the same cause for the issue.

Never had any issues to begin with myself... perhaps Asus uses multiple vendors for the touch sensor and I lucked out. I did, however, experience the GPS issue which has since been fixed also. Really loving the device so far, screen is fantastic.

Yep, I got my device before the official release, and zero problems. I did get a Poetic case, but the auto wake/sleep didn't work - it was actually the case's fault. Swapped it out for another, and it works just fine. I am very content with this device. Hands down one of the smoothest devices on the market.

Still haven't received this update though.