The Nexus 7 has been really quite successful for Google indeed, not just for it’s price but the combination of good specs and that all important “Nexus” moniker. However, there have been a lot of issues reported with the device that range from strange software issues to unresponsive touchscreens and sluggishness. A number of users out there have had to send Nexus 7 models back and forth until they get a device that is functional and whilst this isn’t exactly good practice it’s one of those things that happens. Over at XDA they’ve been going through these new set of driver binaries and they’ve discovered that these new drivers can solve issues when applied as a flashable zip from recovery. Whilst this certainly means that you need ClockworkMod installed but luckily on the Nexus that’s not too difficult to set up. The list of drivers include the following:
WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS by Broadcom
Touchscreen by ELAN
Orientation sensor by InvenSense
Graphics & CPU by nVidia
DRM by Widevine
It’s a little strange to see such a large amount of drivers put together but if you’re anything like me and you’ve built PCs over the years then you’ll see how much change a better driver can do. If anything it’s good see manufacturers support a device like this even if these issues shouldn’t have surfaced in the first place.