Last week, Google confirmed a Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update with a dump into AOSP and an OTA roll out. The update is the first major upgrade to the Marshmallow operating system and it’s an important one for Google’s aging tablet.
The Nexus 7 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update starting rolling out to the 2013 model back in early October. The update delivered numerous changes including new features, bug fixes and enhancements. It also, according to some Nexus 7 users, brought problems along with it.
We’ve been hearing about Nexus 7 Marshmallow problems for a number of weeks and last week, Google finally did something to address the concerns.
Last week, Google pushed out the first big update for the Marshmallow update in the form of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Android 6.0.1 is an incremental update but it’s an update that Nexus 7 users should have on their radar as we push through the month of December.
Now that we’re a few days removed from the release, we want to shine the spotlight on the Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 update and talk a little bit about its performance, some of the problems Nexus 7 users are having, fixes for these problems, and more.
This Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 roundup will help those of you that’ve already installed the software and those of you that are still waiting.
Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 Update: First Impressions
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The Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 OTA is moving out. We know because the update recently landed on our Nexus 7 2013. Reminder, this update is not officially available for the Nexus 7 2012. Google is no longer supporting the older model. So if you own one, stop looking for Android 6.0.1.
First off, the Nexus 7 Android 6.0.1 update, if you're moving directly from Marshmallow, is less than 70MB. The update took us only a few minutes to download though the installation and app optimization process took closer to six or seven minutes. We'd set aside 10 minutes or so to make sure the job gets done.
The Nexus 7, at least our Nexus 7, is still performing at a high level. We've been poking and prodding the Android 6.0.1 update and so far, the software is treating the slate very well.
We haven't noticed any kind of dip in battery life. The tablet is still holding a solid charge while in use and when it's in standby mode. The standby part is crucial because we typically use this tablet for a few hours at night and that's it.
Wi-Fi connectivity is strong and so is Bluetooth. We haven't experienced any major issues with either of those. Same goes for app performance. Same goes for UI speed. Thus far, we haven't noticed any lag. Lag, lockups and freezes are common complaints about the Nexus 7 but we haven't seen any during our time with the software.
If you're coming from Android 6.0, we recommend Android 6.0.1. It fixes some annoying bugs, brings some quality new features and it's been an outstanding companion for our slate.
If you're coming from something older, you'll need to be careful, especially if you're not adept at reverting back to old software or installing custom ROMs.