New Nexus 7 running up against multi-touch, GPS glitches


This year’s Nexus 7, though a fantastic tablet by many accounts, hasn’t arrived without it’s share of hiccups. First there was that business about Google Wallet incompatibility, and last week we heard about the AOSP mess that was driving Jean-Baptiste Quéru to abandon his role. Now we’re learning about two more issues with the tablet, impairing both touch input and GPS functionality.

The GPS issue manifests as everything starting out fine, with the tablet acquiring a satellite lock as normal, but eventually the lock is lost and no manner of effort seems able to get it back.

The touch screen issues sound even more annoying. A number of users have reported problems ranging from spurious inputs when using the keyboard to erratic multi-touch behavior, with the system registering a flurry of taps where non exist.

There’s been some success with GPS work-arounds, but the touch screen issue has been a much more difficult nut to crack. Thankfully, Google has made it clear that it’s aware of both issues, so we’re optimistic that we’ll be seeing patches to correct all this bad code in the weeks to come.

Have any of you new Nexus 7 owners run into any of these glitches yourself?

Source: Google Product Forums 1, 2

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