Nexus 7 frustration with Jelly Bean Android 4.2 update

By Alan Ng - Nov 5, 2012

Earlier on we informed you about an early Jelly Bean update for happy Galaxy Note owners, but unfortunately we have some disappointing news for Google Nexus 7 users, who were also waiting for their official update to Android 4.2.

As most of you are well aware, the device already ships with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. But with Google preparing to unleash the Nexus 4 smartphone with Android 4.2 out of the box, many consumers had assumed that the Nexus 7 would also be getting the latest version of Android around the same time, especially being a Nexus branded device from Google.

That doesn’t look like it is going to be the case though, as we’re hearing that the update has been delayed, after originally being scheduled for an October 29 release. ASUS has apparently gone on record to say that it is down to Google why the update isn’t available yet, but also reminded consumers that the update is definitely happening and should be rolling out ‘soon’.

At the moment, there is no definitive release date for when the Nexus 7 will be getting the Android 4.2 update and consumers may be starting to panic that the Nexus 7 will now play second best to the Nexus 10. Google’s larger tablet also ships with Android 4.2 out of the box and will be available on the same day as the Nexus 4, with both devices launching on November 13.

Considering that this isn’t really a major update to existing features of Jelly Bean though, perhaps consumers are willing to be a bit more lenient with ASUS and Google this time, regardless of who is to blame for the delay. There is still a great deal of interest in the Nexus 7 though thanks to its value for money at $199, so let’s hope that Google continue to show some love for a device that is definitely going to give the iPad Mini a run for its money.

Do you have a Nexus 7? If so, let us know your thoughts on the wait for Android 4.2. Are you willing to stick it out longer, or are you still a bit disappointed that you don’t have Android 4.2 already, due to the device being part of the ‘Nexus’ update program’?

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