10
Jul
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Our I/O Nexus 7s just received update notifications that a new software build is available for download - this is very likely the final retail build users will see when they receive their devices.

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While a "changelog" of sorts pops up with the update notification, it's stock dialogue from a full-on Jelly Bean upgrade, not something specific to this particular update for the Nexus 7. More than likely, this OTA just irons out some bugs and turns off some unnecessary data logging and pre-release testing tweaks.

There are three things I have noticed so far on the updated software, though:

  • The unlock action from the lock screen was previously a little sluggish and presented a slight pause. That pause is now gone, and it's lightning-quick.
  • The Google Now up-swipe gesture is much smoother and the Google Now landing page appears more quickly.
  • Google Wallet has been added.

Overall performance seems generally to be the same as it was before the update, so without benchmarking or doing some sort of side-by-side test, we can't really tell if things as a whole are any smoother. The above two specific instances, though, are very noticeable.

So, if you have an I/O Nexus 7, hit that check update button.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Michael Sheils

    Hurry up OTA Galaxy Nexus! The pause in GNow & Unlock is annoying.

  • Lucas Nicodemus

    Confirm/deny: Did it add Wallet and is there anything special as far as integration with it?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It does indeed add Wallet. I see nothing special about it on the N7, though. Same 'ol Wallet.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It does indeed add Wallet. I see nothing special about it on the N7, though. Same 'ol Wallet.

  • Lucas Nicodemus

    Confirm/deny: Did it add Wallet and is there anything special as far as integration with it?

  • grellanl

    Sounds like this is the update that removes local search. Which some of use all the time as our main program launcher.

    Thanks, Apple. :-(

  • grellanl

    Sounds like this is the update that removes local search. Which some of use all the time as our main program launcher.

    Thanks, Apple. :-(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Local search still works through Google Now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Local search still works through Google Now.

      • grellanl

        Good to hear. The "swipe up" reference didn't mention local so I feared the worst. And we've been told it's being removed.

    • skitchbeatz

      Local search still works for me in Google Now.

    • skitchbeatz

      Local search still works for me in Google Now.

  • http://twitter.com/ElooieIV Edward Lewis

    They are pushing out 4.1.1 to GSM GNexus now also

    https://plus.google.com/112773496741623034196/posts

  • http://twitter.com/ElooieIV Edward Lewis

    They are pushing out 4.1.1 to GSM GNexus now also

    https://plus.google.com/112773496741623034196/posts

  • Brandito

    This may be off topic, but I'm wondering how the up-swipe gesture might translate to devices with capacitive buttons. Hopefully those devices at least get some sort of long press function to access now.

  • Tyler Chappell

    As if I couldn't already stand to wait any longer for having the Nexus 7 in my hands! Oh gosh, I hope they can barely get it shipped out to lots of people this week!

  • http://profiles.google.com/nicholas.foote Nicholas Foote

    Quit teasing those of us that didn't go to Google I/O and are waiting for our Nexus 7's!

  • http://profiles.google.com/nicholas.foote Nicholas Foote

    Quit teasing those of us that didn't go to Google I/O and are waiting for our Nexus 7's!

  • http://androidapps.hu/ Durst Dezső

    I am getting a score of 3704 in Quadrant with the 4.1.1 update on Nexus 7. It was 3522 before the OTA...so there IS a slight speedup :)

  • Jay

    Just received the OTA update which I had to force push. Galaxy nexus Yakju