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Android 5.1 to resolve slow Nexus 7 amongst other bugs

We have known for a while that Android 5.1 was coming, although we were never given many other details on this update, until yesterday that was. Google finally shared some much-needed details, and one of the first devices that will take advantage of this new update will be the Nexus 7 — both versions.

This cannot come soon enough for some owners, as they have experienced a slowing down of their Nexus 7, and even though there is a workaround, some people are not prepared to go through the process.

Android 5.1 to resolve slow Nexus 7

Ok, so we know that the old Nexus 7 can be a bit slow, but there are other issues that will be addressed once Android 5.1 Lollipop is released, such as putting an end to Wi-Fi connectivity problems, and helping to extend its battery life.

Some Nexus 7 owners have also been having issues with RAM, but Google has worked on its latest Lollipop update to make certain improvements have been made to the way it uses the RAM.

We know the Nexus 7 is not the only tablet to benefit from the Android 5.1 update, as the Nexus 10 will also, details of which we offered you yesterday.

What is it that you hope Android 5.1 fixes with the Nexus 7?

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Nexus 7 + Android 5.1 or 5.0 = trash!
Slower than a snail, useless!
Worked well for less than a year after being purchased and then got slower and slower. Even in safe mode it hangs, it’s annoying!
Google has the obligation to solve this problem!


My nexus 7 is still a paper weight with 5.1. Not happy.


Slower than it was and now with massive wifi connection issues. Disabling airplane mode seemed to help a little, but sometimes no matter what you do, wifi just won’t connect. Who ever wrote that article is either in Google’s employ, or they do not have an early Nexus 7.


On a 2012 Nexus7, this improves performance from completely unusable to partially usable. I still had to go in and format the cache partition with 5.1. I expect performance to degrade over the next couple of days. Apps continue to crash randomly. The tablet lags behind commands. Performance is still slow in general. Not nearly as bad as 5.0, but no where near what it was before google dropped this junk onto my tablet. Lollipop remains a failure on these devices. My next step is to wipe the device clean and do a fresh install of 5.1. If that doesn’t… Read more »


Can’t wait for this update. Lagging is awful on my Nexus. BTW, your workaround works for 2-3 days. Not very useful.

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