Tech blogs—and HoFo users
—are reporting that the ASUS-made 2013 Nexus 7 tablet has been quietly removed
from the Google Store. Here's something else Google isn't telling you: OTA updates seem to be bricking a lot of 2013 Nexus 7 tablets!
Last weekend there was a story on Android Police
citing numerous reports of these cheap and cheerful tablets failing. Right in the title of their piece is the disclaimer that these incidents are not likely due to firmware updates
, and yet this past weekend Android Central
blogger Andrew Martonik had his own N7 bricked during an update to Android 5.1
I've a vested interest in all of this because I'm a Nexus 7 owner myself; it's currently my Lollipop test machine as I wait on the Slim Team
to release a 5.x-based ROM for my OnePlus One. My
tablet is happily running a CyanogenMod 12.1 nightly
, and I'm fairly certain that it was my upgrade procedure to Lollipop that saved it from being bricked.