Nexus 7 (2013) gets an update to fix frustrating multi-touch and GPS bug

August 23, 2013
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The Nexus 7 (2013) has had a few issues since its launch. First it was a problem with the GPS, and usually putting up with those issues is no problem, for a little while at least. However, more recently, issues have revolved around multi-touch, and as you can imagine, it’s quite frustrating for a device that solely relies on touch input.

According to a Googler, an update is being pushed out to resolve the multi-touch issues with the Nexus 7 (2013). The update build is JSS15Q. It’s still Android 4.3, but here’s what community manager Paul Wilcox had to say about it on the Google Product Forums:

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.

This update also fixes the GPS bug, as paulw later said:

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your patience while we've been working on this. As Justin mentioned, there is a new over-the-air update for Nexus 7 rolling out now that addresses the GPS issue discussed here. We look forward to hearing feedback about your GPS experience after you've received the update.

In other words, your Nexus 7 (2013) should be receiving an update to fix those annoying multi-touch issues very soon. Just head into Settings > About tablet > System updates to check if it’s available for your device yet. Of course, if you’re patient, your device will probably tell you when a new firmware update is available.

Let’s hope this update fixes it once and for all. To say this has been annoying is a bit of an understatement. Have you received the update? Did it fix the issues you were experiencing? Let us know in the comments section below!

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