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Every so often, a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet’s operating system becomes available. It’s an Android update because Android is the name of the operating system, not because the Nexus 7 thinks that it’s a type of robot.

When an automatic update occurs, you see an alert or a message appear, indicating that a system upgrade is available. At this point, just install the update and get it over with. Don’t dally.

  • If possible, connect the Nexus 7 to a power source during an update.

  • You can manually check for updates: In the Settings app, choose About Tablet and then choose System Updates. When your system is up-to-date, the screen tells you so. Otherwise, you find directions for updating the Android operating system.

  • Touching the Check Now button isn’t magic. If an update is available, the tablet lets you know.

  • Non-Android system updates might also be issued. For example, ASUS (the tablet’s manufacturer) may send out an update to the Nexus 7’s guts. This type of update is often called a firmware update. As with Android updates, your best bet is to accept all firmware updates.

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