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Nexus 7 (2013) Android update: latest news

Update: Nexus 7 (2013) receives Marshmallow

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 6 months 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 is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • I have marshmallow 6.0.1 on my Google Nexus 7 2013 and it's work's find for me :)

    • Hi Ilive in irran .I have question my tablet not update to Android 6please help me thanks

  • I installed the 6.0.1 update on my 2013 Nexus 7 and it is working fine.

  • k p 5 months ago Link to comment

    I have a same problem. i have tried resetting and wiping user data etc. but nothing is working. it keeps going into boot loop post this upgrade that was pushed down.

  • 6.0.1 bricked my 2013 Nexus 7. So far, unable to restore to factory settings.

  • I have it. Works fine. Waiting for ,6.0.1

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

    • Mondo Man 6 months ago Link to comment

      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?

    • Mondo Man 6 months ago Link to comment

      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...

    • Manny 4 months ago Link to comment

      I hope you have recovered you nexus but if you haven't you can use "nexus root toolkit" there are many tutorials on YouTube.

  • 5.1.1 lolipop is better then android 6.0 marshmallow

  • Robert H. 7 months ago Link to comment

    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 Mar 2, 2015 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.
    NEVER WILL I BUY A GOOGLE PRODUCT AGAIN.

    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!.

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