What 2013 Nexus 7 Android 4.3.1 OTA Update Brings

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No so long ago, Google officially rolled out Android 4.3 update to its Nexus line of devices. This time the search giant has something new to surprise its 2013 Nexus 7 owners with – Android 4.3.1 OTA update.

On October 3rd, the LTE Nexus 7 owners were the first to see the notification about Android 4.3.1 OTA update build JLS36I. This is how it looks like.

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Android 4.3.1 OTA update is limited to 2013 Nexus 7 only, which is probably the reason Google didn’t make much noise around it. Though Android 4.3.1 brings only minor fixes, it is the first time the company has increased the version number of Android 4.3.

What Android 4.3.1 OTA update brings, you will ask? In general, it’s a usual minor update that brings stability fixes and bug patches. The update weighs 9.42 MB only and has the same radio as 4.3 (DEB-G00_2.25.1_0802).

The three key features Android 4.3.1 OTA update brings include:

  • The note-taking app Google Keep released back in early spring has been added. The app is also available via Play Store or as a Chrome extension and allows you to write something down and color code your notes.
  • Restricted profiles. The updates comes with some text that reads: “limit family members’ access to apps and content on your tablet or to secure a tablet in a kiosk setting.” For reference, Android 4.3 already boasts this feature.
  • Improved performance and stability of the OS.

According to Android Police, Android 4.3.1 update is available over your network connection, so there is no need in plugging your device into the PC.

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Google hasn’t revealed any information about Android 4.3.1 OTA update availability for other Nexus 7 owners.

Android 4.4 KitKat

While Google is busy fixing bugs in its Android 4.3 version, an all-new Android 4.4 is readying for late October launch alongside with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 tablets. Although not much is known about the features the future OS will boast, here is what we’ve managed to find out:

  • New notification widgets
  • Miracast updates
  • Filmware availability to older phones
  • New Gallery Visualisation
  • Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
  • New API regarding animations
  • Android default blue can be changed to other color schemes

To learn more about Android 4.4 KitKat interface and specs click here.

Are you a happy owner of the 2013 Nexus 7? Has Android 4.3.1 OTA update already reached you? If not, go to Setting > About phone > System update. If the update is already available for your phone, simply follow the on-screen instructions and enjoy the enhanced Android version at full.

Photo credit: androidpolice.com

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  • Krassy

    I just wonder what’s the point of launching Android 4.3.1 update when Android 4.4 KitKate is almost ready …