Android 5.0 update bricks Nexus 7 slabs

Android 5.0 update bricks Nexus 7 slabs
For some Nexus 7 owners (both the first and second-gen models), the thrill of updating their tablet to Android 5.0 quickly turned into horror when the update bricked their pride and joy. And to make matters worse, it seems that Asus and Google are not responding to the many complaints that have piled up on Twitter. If anger were electricity, you would be able to power a large metropolitan city for days with the bile posted on hashtag #Nexus7bricked.

While no theory for the "bricking" has come from official sources, the affected tablets do not boot up past the image of the Google logo. The issue could be hardware related (a problem with the flash memory comes to mind) or a problem with the software. Considering that the problem didn't surface until the update to Android 5.0 was disseminated, a software problem seems a likely bet.

If you haven't updated your Nexus 7 yet, wait for Android 5.1. If you have already installed Android 5.0.2 on your Nexus 7, try to keep the tablet powered on until the next update rolls out. Also, stay away from the Android 5.0 factory images if you have a custom ROM flashed on your Nexus 7.

We normally would close out a story like this by trying to reassure those affected that Google or Asus will take care of the problem, and to expect some sort of solution. But from the comments posted by those who now own a bricked Nexus 7, it appears that both Google and Asus have basically shrugged their shoulders over this issue.

source: Twitter via AndroidAuthority

Related phones

Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh
Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh



1. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

From this article I gathered that there are people who actually still own the OG Nexus 7. #Whowouldathunkit

2. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Didn't come out the same time as the iPad mini?

18. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

this is bulls**t, i flashed factory image 5.0 on Nexus 7 (1st gen). Working perfectly fine.

30. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

No its not BS i have been affected since 5.0 launched, Google and Asus are not helping eithe r and just playing the blame game. My nexus 7 2013 is just dead and bricked and lying on my bedside cabinet!

33. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Both my 1st and my 2nd generation Nexus 7 updated smoothly, but there does seem to be an issue.

3. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Why yes I do. I have noticed that since I have updated performance has suffered. Also when the device powers down it takes a considerable amount of time for it to be powered back up. While I know that the tab is at its EOL I would hope that there would be a solution for this issue before they completely abandon the OG Nexus tab....

4. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I think that's means the OG Nexus 7 were future proof enough to run a couple years after it's introduction. Which is a good think.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Odd, my daughter has one with this update and there's no issue... other than the fact that it's unbearably slow.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google really botched lollipop. They focused so much on material design that they forgot to actually squash the major bugs.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

iOS8 also had some bricking issues as well, these problems are not exclusive to Android.

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

The article has nothing to do with iOS8. Just because other companies messed up, it doesn't mean Google's excused if they did the same.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Odd, others brought up Windows OS before I brought up iOS but I don't see you lecturing anyone else.

29. NinjaBanana

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

Dude, pretty sure iOS can not brick.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's nearly impossible to brick an iOS device.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Why do you argue something that can easily be Googled?

38. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Hardly a brick. It only disabled the cell connection and touchID. Downgrading to IOS8 fixed it. Read this article again word by word. You'll eventually figure out that 5.0.2 triggered some type of hardware issue. The only fix is to replace the logic board. Next!

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Read comment #38. Only brick here is your brick wall of ignorance.

47. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Dude. My 32 gig iphone 5S bricks once a month. I have to reset it all the time. Every iOS 8.x update still is goes all black. Freezes sideways in texting. Balls slow safari. Have to hold the buttons all the time to reset it. So im no brand/company loyalor fanboy/isheep. I have two iphones , one nexus tablet, windows pc and tablet , ipod and a back up moto x first gen.... I like each company for there plus and minuses. If they ever set aside differences would be nice to swap info, files back and forth. Ahhh those will be they days. The best phone would be. The cameras off any samsung galaxy or note past the 5 , the speaker/ call quality of the motorolas The simplicity/fluidity of iOS , the third party and multi tasking of android. The tile view and flipping , plus social media linking of the metro windows platform. The moto x hey google option and the easy camera flip on. And hope any lg or samsung amoled bright 1080 p panels. Idc for micro sd Like the nano sims tho. And battery life has to last one day. Dont want it removable. Loving HTC wide view 5-8 megapixel from cameras with boom sound. And 64 gig would be nice. OH YEAH. AND A STOCK MINIMUM 6ft CHARGING CABLE WOULD EPIC INnovation. Come on its 2015 samsung htc motorola apple lg. for f*cks sake. I wanna not hang off my bed while i charge my phone

36. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, you're wrong, Apple bricked iPhones with an iOS8 update. Try using Google to look it up, there's plenty of articles for you to educate yourself with on the matter.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think you know what bricking means.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This article is Android related, not ios.

37. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Then why are you in it posting? You have no interest in Android.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because I have used and continue to use Android devices along with iOS devices. I could ask you the same thing with you having no interest in ios.

40. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Said the one that always bashing android on IOS articles.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Keep trying to sell it, preacher!

34. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Lollipop is to Android what Vista was to Windows.

6. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

This lollipop update is one big mess :/

7. gujjar

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

# aco96. I downloaded windows 10 last nigh on my lumia 1520 and its a mess now. wifi doesn't off no matter how many times you try. mobile data can not be turned on. along with many other bugs.

9. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Windows 10 preview, it's not even a beta version. Google cares more about a dull design than fixing bugs.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, if we're going to be comparing one companies performance over another, Windows desktops had issues with the Blue Screen of Death for the better part of a decade. So as far as I'm concerned, Google is on top of things.

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