Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 spotted at Bluetooth SIG

by: Bogdan BeleMay 28, 2013


An Asus-made Nexus 7 running Android 4.3 has been recently spotted in a Bluetooth SIG filing.

Dated May 27, the filing includes some very interesting information. Although the documentation doesn’t specifically say that the device is the Nexus 7, the “7” tablet” described in it features a familiar model number: ME370T.

ME370T is the model number of the first Nexus 7, which definitely is a clue that the rumors could come true and we’ll get to see a new model soon enough (tablet component suppliers confirm a July release date). The Asus device is said to use LTPS panels with 1920 x 1200 resolution, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU.

However, the model number is not the only interesting detail in Asus’s filing, as it also mentions the device running software version number JWR11, which seems to be an Android 4.3 build – it certainly is a new software version not available on other Nexus devices. You may remember that we’ve noticed quite a few Android 4.3 builds not too long ago in our server logs.

Nexus 7

Just a few days ago, Android 4.3 has been seen running on a Nexus 4 at Thailand Mobile Expo, with a user even able to film a video of the new camera interface.

This only seems to confirm that, if the Nexus 7 will be made available for you to buy in July, we can expect a June announcement of both the new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3.

Are you a Nexus 7 user? Do you plan on switching to the new version when it will come out?

  • udit

    I wish the nexus 7 2 had a bigger screen….
    Like 7.7 inches with minimum bezzel

  • jcommaroto

    I am a N7 user, love it. Not sure if I will upgrade though. At the moment it does everything I need and more and I think the screen is fine. Would have to see a large difference to justify upgrading just one year later.

    • Simon Belmont

      You and I are on the same page. I love my 32GB N7, and I don’t see myself needing a new one for a long time. I’m extremely happy with the performance and the WXGA screen is great. Just my opinion.

      The refreshed N7 would have to literally blow my mind for me to want to trade up. I’m interested in seeing what’s changed though, and of course, Android 4.3 for my Nexus 7.

  • noneofthem

    I purchased my N7 on day of release and it still runs great. A higher resolution alone would not justify an upgrade for me. However, I would consider getting one to run Ubuntu Touch on it. So far I didn’t dare to try it out on my N7 as it is my only tablet device. Let’s see what ASUS and Google will present next month.

  • thomaso del kuzmano

    I accidentally smashed my N7. My was moody and just did not work well nevertheless I left iPad for N7 coz Jelly Bean just Rocks! Loved JB even device itself did not work well. I was just unlucky got bad hardware or maybe processor other people on the net did not have problems..anyways, Yes I’ll buy it. If it was 300$ then-I’d probably use only n4 but for $199 I’m gonna get me a brad new N7 2. too. God bless Google. ‘ones you use Jelly Bean (vanilla/stock/android) on Nexus devices, it’s: bye bye iOS.’

  • I like my Nexus 7. I don’t need any changes. However, I will be glad to download and setup new Android version.

  • companyemails

    I plan on switching, but it won’t be right away. I’ll wait until the fall in order to let manufacturing issues get ironed out and give the accessories market (mainly Poetic’s awesome smart covers) time to catch up.

  • Bone

    No no noooooooooooo

    Where’s the FHD N7? I mean like seriously, where the hell is it?

  • Love my Nexus 10 and am considering a Nexus 7 2nd gen for my wife. She currently uses an old Motorola Xoom FE and I know she wants an updated Nexus devices that runs smoother. I am not sure if she would be happy with the smaller screen though.