Android and Me

With Android 4.3, my Nexus 7 is a completely new device

4 years ago 38

I’ve been asked by a handful of people if the stories are true. Earlier this week, we reported that in the update to Android 4.3, the original Nexus 7 might see a performance boost thanks to newly added fstrim support. I’m very happy to report that my Nexus 7 has fixed itself. Finally, one of my favorite Android devices I’ve ever owned is usable again.

Since writing about just how bad my first Nexus 7 has fared through a year of use, I’ve received a lot of mail on just what was causing problems with the device and how to fix them. As for what the problem was, it was all thanks to cheap memory and bad memory management. Anandtech has a fantastic writeup on exactly what the update to Android 4.3 with fstrim means for Nexus devices, so I’ll refer you to them for the nitty gritty. I’ll just say that my dreams have come true.

As much as I appreciated the solutions on how to fix the lag problem in the Nexus 7 (some of which were actually the same exact thing as the official fix from Google itself), I didn’t want anyone to miss the point here. No one should have had to download or develop anything for the lag problem to be fixed. One of the best things about Android is that when there is a problem with a device, the community comes up with ways to solve it, but there are far more users out there who have no idea how to access these solutions than those that do.

I, along with thousands of other users, just wanted a small update from Google that magically fixed what was wrong. It took a full year, but we’ve finally got it. I’ve been using Android 4.3 on my Nexus 7, keeping it plugged in at night to fulfill the requirements to enable memory management for several days now, and have noticed a big difference. I’m not the only one; reports on the lag problems being fixed have come in from all over the web.

It’s a shame that it’s taken this long for the Nexus 7 to be fixed, but better late than never I suppose. I’m just glad this story has a happy ending.