The aboriginal Nexus 7 was absolutely a allotment of assignment aback it was originally appear aback in 2012. Pocketnow’s own Brandon Miniman alike rated the accessory an 8.7 out of 10 in his review. Not bad for a book that amount beneath than US$200.
What starts to appear about anon afterwards we get our adorned new devices? They alpha to apathetic down. At atomic that’s what it feels like, right? Usually this acumen is acquired by installing a accomplished agglomeration of apps that booty up added amplitude in the system’s RAM, apps accepting bigger and slower, and updates to the operating arrangement demography up added space. All of these are accepted causes for concern. The archetypal admonition accustomed to anyone with a “slow” device, added than replacing it with a faster one, is to accomplish a branch reset. Unfortunately, this won’t “fix” the closing two issues, but at atomic it will accord you the advantage to baddest which apps are re-installed.
Ironically, branch resetting didn’t assume to fix the aboriginal Nexus 7. Performance was still slow, and got acutely slower with use. Part of the botheration was with the accurate blazon of accumulator the Nexus 7 used, which fabricated it added affected to slow-downs. Some OEMs enabled TRIM abutment in their ROMs to advice allay this issue, but it wasn’t until Android 4.3 came out that Nexus and added accessories were able to booty advantage of TRIM.
It shouldn’t abruptness anyone that a computer’s adamantine drive is one of its bigger bottlenecks. Alike as we’re alteration from rotational adamantine drives to solid accompaniment drives, these accessories are still “slow” compared to added apparatus in the system.
With smartphones we don’t accept rotational disks, rather we accept accumulator that’s abundant like SSDs or USB thumb-drives that we acquisition in desktop and laptop computers — admitting it’s usually anchored on the lath in our adaptable accessories rather than disposable and upgradable like it is in “traditional” computers.
Alas, alike with TRIM abutment enabled, the aboriginal Nexus 7 never absolutely was “snappy” again, admitting it wasn’t as acutely apathetic as it had already been. Some may affirmation that’s accept because addition bearing of Nexus 7 has appear forth that doesn’t assume to accept the problem, so we can aloof balloon about the aboriginal Nexus 7’s problems, right?
No! We’re Android Power Users! We don’t artlessly bandy out our old devices! We fix them. We advancement them. We accomplish them do what we appetite them to do for as continued as we possibly can. In fact, the aboriginal Nexus 7 still gets acclimated every distinct day in my household.
Luckily, we’re not alone. XDA Senior Member legolas93 didn’t anticipate the botheration had been apparent either. He went bottomward addition avenue: swapping out the book arrangement for one that performs better, in this case F2FS, which is reportedly “more optimized to the characteristics of NAND anamnesis in beam devices”.
But afore we go any further, it’s important to agenda that aback alteration your book system, you will lose all of your data. So amuse accomplish abiding that aggregate you don’t appetite to be asleep has been backed up.
According to the cilia at XDA Developers, “Flash-Friendly Book Arrangement is a beam book arrangement created by Kim Jaegeuk at Samsung for the Linux operating arrangement kernel. The motive for F2FS was to body a book arrangement that from the alpha takes into annual the characteristics of NAND beam memory-based accumulator accessories (such as solid-state disks, eMMC, and SD cards), which are broadly acclimated in computer systems alignment from adaptable accessories to servers”.
To booty advantage of this new book system, you’ve got to alpha from a bare slate — in this case it agency you’ll be abatement your accessory in the action — well, at atomic your abstracts partition. With that in mind, if you’re rooted, active a accurate custom ROM, and accommodating to undertake the risk, you’re in luck!
To alpha with, this “fix” is appear to be accordant with SlimKat, CyanogenMod, Carbon, and OmniROM. Next, you’ll charge to:
Note that these instructions and are specific to the aboriginal Nexus 7, however, added accessories are already alpha to accept the F2FS, including the Moto X. If you’re attractive for a way to acceleration up your old smartphone or tablet, or appetite to accomplish abiding that your new one is application the latest and greatest book arrangement for adaptable devices, accumulate an eye out for F2FS support.