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Nexus 7 (2013) Android update: latest news

Update: Nexus 7 (2013) receives Marshmallow

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 3 weeks ago

The Nexus 7 (2013) Android Marshmallow update is currently rolling out OTA update, despite that fact that the tablet is more than two years old. The Nexus 7 (2012) will not not receive the update, however. Read on for the latest Nexus 7 Android update news and how to install the Google factory images.

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The Nexus 7 (2013) currently runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. / © ANDROIDPIT

Nexus 7 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

Google recently changed its policy on Android updates for Nexus devices, promising security patches for three years after initial release and major software updates (i.e. new Android versions) instead of two years, but it wasn't clear whether this would affect the older generation of devices. It has proven to apply to the Nexus 7 (2013), which started to get Marshmallow in October 2015.

Google tends to make the factory images available for software updates on its dedicated Google Developers Factory Image page soon after release. Currently, the factory image is at version number MRA58V for both the Nexus 7 (2013) Mobile and Wi-Fi editions of the device.

For instructions on how to install the factory images, take a look at our How to install Android Marshmallow 6.0 on your Nexus guide.

Have you received the Nexus 7 Android Marshmallow update? How is it working out for you? Let us know in the comments. 

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • I'm still waiting for the over the air update for Marshmallow on my Nexus 7 (2013). Does anyone have it yet?

    • Nope. I've got the 2013 LTE model, and it got an OTA update to 5.1.1 just recently (48X image), not the 6.0 58V image. Annoying!

  • Although Nexus 7 has a limited screen, sometimes rotating it is necessary. I hope rotation comes back ASAP.

  • I have a $350 Nexus 7 (2103) 32GB LTE. How will I able to upgrade to Marshmallow 6.0, when the Lollipop 5.0.2 upgrade just bricked my device? Only 1 month after the 12-month warranty expired. ASUS wants $139 to "repair" it. Let me get this right Google/ASUS does a firmware update that destroyed the device and they want *me* to pay them for their error? What's next? Will GM start charging those that survive their auto accidents to have their ignition switches repaired?

    • I've got two of the 2013 LTE models, and both have gone through updates from v4 to 5.1.1 (48X image) without being bricked. Perhaps there's a hardware issue on yours? My sympathies...

  • 5.1.1 lolipop is better then android 6.0 marshmallow

  • I'm still on 4.4
    I have the 5.0.2 update available should I want it but user experiences put me off updating. Unfortunately I've never been offered 5.1.1 through System Update.

  • 5.1.1 on my Nexus 7 (2013) works perfectly.
    But so did kit kat 4.4.2

  • ml 35 8 months ago Link to comment

    the **real** reason lollipop was delayed to nexus 3G/LTE tablets is that the motherf#$%#$%#@#ers do not have a license for GSM calls, messages and USSD dialing for these devices, so they needed time to remove that functionality from the update.
    I bought this damn tablet during xmas 2013 expecting to be able to place calls on speaker/bluetooth and use messaging, just to find out later that they don't work.

    forum . xda-developers . com / showthread.php?t=2025377
    android . stackexchange . com / questions/32673/can-the-nexus-7-send-and-receive-gsm-texts-and-calls

  • Reverting to kitkat does not look easy to this not too technical user. However reading up on it led me to the conclusion that most of the Lollipop troubles are related to updating with low battery voltage. You're constantly reminded to keep the charger on. That's why I factory reset it with the charger on. It's now working great on 5.0.2. I'm surprised Android just throws an upgrade at us without warnings about need for charger on. And I bought my Nexus directly from Google.
    Now if I could only get my HTC First kinda smart phone upgraded from Jelly bean.., But ATT seems to have abandoned it!.

  • For the nexus7 (2012) stay with KitKat. Lollipop is a disaster. Never before has the truism been so correct : if it ain't broke dont fix it.

    • Gerry Fox 2 months ago Link to comment

      I persevered with lollipop for 6 months before biting the bullet and going back to KitKat - and all those things promised in Lollipop were suddenly back on my Nexus (faster, better battery life etc) ...

  • I don't see what the fuss is about. I had lollipop on my Nexus 5 and thought it was a backward step in some areas. All it really did was give a slightly new face to Android, something I could already do with themes & icons. In fact it was such an irritation to have lost some features I used, that I rooted both my N5 and N7{2013)LTE and installed SlimKat on both - a move I have been delighted with.

  • Amen! Have not yet figured out howto go back to 4.4

    • Looked into flashing, but too techno for me. Did a Setting > backup & restore> factory reset with the charger on and it seems to be working great! Lost all the data and am rebuilding it like a new tablet, but I don't keep anything important on it anyway. Suggest you do a backup before trying this.

      • I did a factory reset, as well: Lags and crashes decreased, but performance is still spotty, even after opting out of notifications for most apps. I have to say, Lollipop is really bloatware for my model Nexus 7. It's clear that KitKat worked far more seamlessly -- it wasn't broke and didn't need this particular fix. I'm looking to return to KitKat, when I have the time to figure it out.

  • I'm having the same experience Chuck Ebert. I feel like I have ruined a tablet I really liked.

  • 2012 Nexus 7 Automatically received 5.0 a month or so ago. Tablet is exceedingly slow and spastic. Automatically received 5.0.2 later, but didn't help much. Was much better with 4.4 and would like to go back and put it on. Which is what I'm trying to do now when I ran into this blog.

    • Reversed from Lollipop back to 4.4.4 and couldn't be happier. 5.0 was a disaster. Now I get reminders that 5.0.2 is available but won't be going there too soon.

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