New Nexus 7 owners bump into multitouch issues

The tablet's touch screen seems to go a bit haywire in response to more than one touch, an issue that Google says it's investigating.

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The new Nexus 7.
The new Nexus 7. Best Buy/Google

The new Nexus 7 may be a bit out of touch when it comes to multitouch.

Several owners of Google's new tablet say the screen doesn't respond properly when they perform certain multitouch actions, such as pinching to zoom in or touching the screen with two fingers to move an item. Commenters posting on Google Groups and the XDA Developers forum over the past couple of weeks report a few related issues.

In some cases, pinching the screen causes surrounding items to jump around. In other cases, several attempts must be made to move an object successfully using multitouch. Some users also say the on-screen keyboard is buggy, registering a single tap as a double tap.

Some owners say they traded in their bad models for new ones, with mixed results.

Google apparently has confirmed the issue and is looking into it. Paul Wilcox, Google community manager for Android, posted the following response in the Google Groups thread: "The Android team is aware of this issue and investigating. I'll post an update when there's new information to share."

The new Nexus 7 also has been beset with a GPS glitch that kills the connection after a certain number of minutes. Google reportedly is investigating that issue as well.

CNET contacted Google for comment and will update the story if further details are shared.

(Via Android Police)