I was thinking of making the Nexus 7 one of the primary things on my christmas wishlist this year. It would be a good way to give android a good try (I use an iPhone 4S for my phone), I like the form facter and have always kinda wanted one since the day it came out and I don't currently have a tablet that's mine (My family has an iPad 2 we got free, I use it sometimes, but it isn't mine). What I'm worried about is that Google will decide it's time to refresh in Early 2013. Is this likely to be the case? If so, will the Nexus 7 still be a good tablet and be able to run Android 5/4.3? What about versions after that?
Answer by Zbob750 · Nov 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM
The Nexus 7 is still a relatively powerful and very well supported tablet. As for a hardware refresh, if it happens it likely won't happen until Summer or Fall 2013. As far as 4.3 is concerned, there is no possible way I could ever see this happening in Spring. 4.2 just came out and has some relatively large flaws, I expect the majority of their development effort will be focused on a 4.2.1/2 patch.
And when 4.3 comes out, the Nexus 7 will almost certainly still be supported. Even after the N7 loses official support the ROM development community will surely port it themselves (A great example of this is Google no longer supporting the Nexus S as of 4.2, shortly after the AOSP release, ROM developers ported a nearly perfect version of 4.2 to the device).
A word of advice, some have reported a slight frame-drop across the UI in 4.2, the known solution for most is to simply disable the Google Currents app and/or its sync service. This will likely be fixed when the 4.2.1/2 patch is released.