Not to fear, though. According to a report from GigaOM on Tuesday, the latest release of Google’s mobile OS, Android 4.3, could fix that.
The update is currently being rolled out to Nexus devices and reportedly contains a fix for “non-optimized flash memory,” something that may have played a part in the old Nexus 7 slowing down in the first place.
“In our Nexus 7 (2013) review, I talked about how I had confirmed that Android 4.3 onboard the device had enabled support for fstrim, an application which TRIMs blocks not in used by the filesystem. TRIM is essentially the paging channel through which the OS tells an SSD or eMMC controller that a block is no longer in use, and thus ready for garbage collection. This is critical for maintaining performance on the controllers in use across smartphones and tablets and preventing aging-related I/O performance slowdown,” explained Brian Klug of AnandTech via GigaOm’s report.
So before you decide to rid yourself of the old Nexus 7, perhaps you’ll now want to wait and see if things get better with Android 4.3. Even with that said, however, the old Nexus 7 is currently getting overshadowed by the soon-to-be released new Nexus 7.