Another Nexus 7 (2013) issue: multi-touch misfiring – video

August 13, 2013
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Numerous reports emerged on user forums about faulty multi-touch functionality on the Nexus 7 (2013). Google is “aware of this issue and investigating”.

nexus 7 2013 multi touch issue

After news of GPS connectivity problems surfaced a few days ago, owners of the Nexus 7 (2013) have a new odd problem to worry about.

As first reported by Android Police, numerous users on Google’s Product Forums have been complaining about erratic multi-touch behavior on their shiny new Nexus 7 (2013) tablets.

Many users reported problems when typing, swiping, or zooming, as well as doubled or ghost taps. As you can imagine, for a device that primarily relies on touch input, the issue can be frustrating to say the least.

Running a multi-touch testing app on the Nexus 7 (2013) reveals that the tablet begins to misbehave as soon as two touch points are applied:

No solution to the issue has been found yet – people have tried to no avail to wipe the device clean, boot in safe mode, or restore it to factory settings. The good news is that Google is aware of the problem, as a representative told disgruntled users on the Nexus 7 (2013) Product Forums:

The Android team is aware of this issue and investigating. I'll post an update when there's new information to share.

Some users are speculating that the problem is due to a poorly calibrated digitizer. The multi-touch misfires only when the tablet is running on battery, which gives us hope this is just a software issue that can be solved with a quick OTA. We’ll keep you posted on any developments.

Have you experienced any multi-touch issues on your Nexus 7 (2013)?

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