It is time to begin obsessively checking for updates on your 2013 Nexus 7. We're getting a number of reports of a system update to JSS15R hitting devices. Nevermind that there don't appear to be any user-facing changes, and it's only one letter away from the last minor update – this is new software and you must have it immediately, right?

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The update clocks in at a whopping 8MB. The update notification just rambles on about Android 4.3 features. We're probably looking at bug fixes or security updates in JSS15R. There were murmurs that the last update didn't quite solve that multitouch bug for all users, so maybe that's part of JSS15R.

We've reached out to Google to find out what's up with the update. This post will be updated if Mountain View sees fit to tell us anything at all.

Update: Here's the manual update zip. Thanks, selonmoi!

[Thanks, Jenkins]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Nada on my N7 yet. Not that I really want it (I do).

    • Magneira

      Hahaha I don care either... not!

  • Qbancelli

    Going back to stock from cm10.2 right now.......

    • Matt Alexander

      Why would you do that for a build that hasn't even published a changelog yet? You could probably wait less than a week and it would get merged into the CM nightlies

      • edzuslv

        Because he can. :D

      • Magneira

        I think he is joking

    • AcmE

      Already merged in todays nightly ;)

      • Evan Anderson

        No it's not. JSS15R isn't released yet. CM is on android-4.3_r3 which is JLS36C.

  • Frank Hart

    Still having touch issues, even with sfhub's fix from xda, so here is to hoping that's finally resolved...

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      I have touch issues too here and there but not too bad. My fingers are crossed.

      • shonangreg

        Perhaps uncrossing your fingers will help you with your touch issues ;-) Seriously, I got occasional phantom touches on my N7b, but just on the swype keyboard from what I've noticed.

        Has anyone tested this update with bluetooth keyboards?

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          That might help.. lol

          It will work fine but every now and then when I'm trying to check a box or something in an app it gives me hell and I have to attempt it several times. Doesn't act like this all the time, just with particular apps.

          Loving the 7" tablet though, feels better in the hand than a 9 or 10" and I'm using it more than I thought I would. This is my third tablet - Xoom, Transformer Prime, now new Nexus 7. Also have a SHIELD which is my favorite Android device. :-D

  • mLogician

    Received in one of my N7.

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    Information may be feasible and we would like to know more about it.

  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh
    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      My NN7 suffers from pil-gss wakelocks too. Fingers crossed.

  • Marco Keurentjes

    Could it be the bugfix for the rebooting caused by Chrome Beta?

    • shadowx360

      No, why roll out updates to all Nexus devices when it's an issue caused by an app?

      • Will Presley

        It seemed to be mainly Nexus devices (well to be honest I think it was a huge number of Qualcomm chips) so a tiny software update to the GPU (was causing the kernel panic somehow) could fix it. I doubt that's it, because we're only seeing an update for the 2013 WiFi N7 and not more devices, but it is possible.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    A friend has the 32GB version and we just had to factory reset it - the face unlock failed to open the front facing camera giving us just a black square, usually face unlock times out saying it couldn't see a face, but it didn't - so we hit the "x" to drop to the backup method which was PIN unlock, but it refused to accept the PIN - I thought that's fine - if I enter a random PIN in enough times it will provide the "forgotten PIN" option - but it didn't - a quick Google reveals we are not alone with this problem - with a bit of luck - the update may address at least one of these problems.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    No updates on mine as of 8:35 am central. Sadface.

    • rahman hakim

      same with me,,,,,,, 6.30 AM, Indonesia :D still no OTA update

  • Irwin McNeely

    I am sure most people here know this trick so it's really only for those that might be reading this and don't know. You can try and force your device to update, it doesn't work for everyone and I think it has to do with whether the update has been pushed out to your "area" (or however Google pushes them out) yet.

    Settings > Apps > All
    Find "Google Services Framework"
    Force Stop > Clear Data
    Settings > About Tablet/Phone > System Update

    Check for an update.

    • selonmoi

      That's also a great way to generate the Google Play [RPC:S-5:AEC-0] error, preventing you from installing and updating apps in the future.

      • Irwin McNeely

        I didn't know that, thanks. I've used that to force an update a few times and haven't run into problems..luckily I guess. :)

        • selonmoi

          Happy to help.

          It seems to hit people semi-randomly after clearing Google Services Framework, so a lot of people don't know they shouldn't be doing that. JBQ has advised against it.

      • John Underwood

        That happened to me several months ago on an older tablet. Pain in the ass. At some point, I'll install a new ROM. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.

      • Andy

        Google Play error can be fixed by simply readding your Google account..

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Hopefully this means JLS36D will be rolling out to the LTE N7 soon with whatever changes JSS15R included for the WiFi model.

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    I sincerely hope this fixes the bluetooth issues on this device that we've been complaining about... I still can't use any of my bluetooth keyboards with it, and that's the purpose I bought it for :(

    • Andrew Kachaniwsky

      It's fixed! At least for moi!

  • johnmiroki

    I got the OTA like 10 hrs ago. 32G wifi version.

  • JazzEspresso

    just 8MB? hmmm...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      8MB could be a lot of code.

  • boomboom

    Grab the update if u can, it improves touch sensitivity greatly.

  • andyr354

    Updated the zip in TWRP, thanks selonmoi. Re-rooted and all set. Will see if my few remaining touch issues clear up.

  • amralomari
  • Kiran Gowtham

    Any facing the issue of auto-restart in new nexus???

    • amralomari

      Yes hundreds of ushttps://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!msg/nexus/mG4JXaT-SHs/RpH1CU6VBUMJ

      • Kiran Gowtham

        Is there any solution to that?

  • Ommar A

    just updated and still have touch failure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on my 4th replacement

  • http://suttronix.co.uk/ sutt2m

    Hopefully solves the reading ex usb drives....i welcome bug fixing updates.

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  • SnowOak

    The lock screen sound is fixed when switching screen on and off.

  • Mantas

    When I've bought my Nexus 7 two days ago, gps didn't work at all. This update fixed it, gps lock is instant now :)

  • nexus 7 user

    My gps is still not fix after all the updates!!! The stock ROM without undergoing any updates had my GPS working. When will Google fix the GPS issue????

  • petdisqus

    This update still did not fix the touch screen issue on mine

  • iFe

    Does pil-gss wakelock due to buggy GPS module?

    Someone replied me that nn7 suffering pil-gss wakelock and bad GPS module got repaired by replacement of main board from asus support center.

    Android kernel source code shows pil-gss's connection with "GPS subsystem" (https://android.googlesource.com/kernel/msm/+/android-msm-mako-3.4-jb-mr2/arch/arm/mach-msm/Kconfig)
    config MSM_PIL
    bool "Peripheral image loading"
    select FW_LOADER
    default n
    Some peripherals need to be loaded into memory before they can be
    brought out of reset.

    Say yes to support these devices....

    config MSM_PIL_GSS
    tristate "GSS (Coretx A5) Boot Support"
    depends on MSM_PIL
    Support for booting and shutting down Cortex A5 processors which run
    GPS subsystem firmware.