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New Nexus 7 owners bemoan display and GPS issues

Google's US launch doesn't quite go to plan
Mon Aug 12 2013, 12:45
Google Nexus 7 2 front and back

HARDWARE DESIGNER Google's new Nexus 7 tablet reportedly suffers from issues with both its display and its GPS signal, users have revealed.

Google's new Nexus 7 tablet is already available in the US ahead of its UK release on 28 August, but it looks like things haven't quite gone to plan.

According to some unhappy Nexus 7 users on the Google Product Forums, there's a problem with the tablet's touchscreen, with users reporting that the screen registers double taps, even when touched only once.

One Nexus 7 user who goes by the name of Jason moaned, "I picked up my new N7 on Friday. At first the keyboard seemed okay, though it would occasionally register double presses on the keyboard. Now it has gotten progressively worse and the keyboard getting very erratic. It is frequently registering double taps, and often ghost taps in areas not anywhere near where I'm touching on the keyboard.

"It's almost to the point where it is unusable," Jason added, with a handful of users reporting that they have experience similar issues on their new Nexus 7.

After attempting to fix the issue by rebooting the tablet in safe mode, Jason reported that the issue still remained and that it was just as bad.

Google has said it is looking into the issue, but that's not all the firm has got to worry about, with users also reporting that the tablet is plagued with GPS issues.

It seems more users are experiencing this particular issue, with early Nexus 7 adopters moaning across multiple forums that the tablet struggles to hold onto a GPS signal for longer than half an hour, with some users reporting that it lasts just two to three minutes.

One user called James said, "It will get a satellite lock and work fine for anywhere between 10-30 minutes (longer for others) then it will go back into a 'Searching' mode with the GPS icon blinking. Sometimes a reboot helps, others not."

Google said that it's also looking into this issue, but there's no word yet on when a fix will be available. µ

 

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