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Verizon Breaks Silence on Nexus 7 LTE Activations, Waiting for Google to Update Device to Android 4.4

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Verizon released a statement this afternoon, which concerns all Nexus 7 LTE hopefuls looking to grab the device on Big Red’s network. Since its launch, the device has been compatible with the 4G LTE network, but Verizon has been reluctant on activating the device to its network, stating that a 4-6 week certification process was holding everything up.

Now with the 4-6 week time frame well past us, Verizon states that a “systems issue” that required Google and ASUS’ immediate attention has been the source of the hold up. With Google’s release of Kit Kat, the company apparently decided to suspend the certification process, and instead wait until Kit Kat was pushed to the Nexus 7, which will then be resubmitted for certification. 

During the certification process for the Nexus 7, Google, Asus and Verizon uncovered a systems issue that required Google and Asus to undertake additional work with the Jelly Bean OS running on the device.  Since Google was about to launch its new Kit Kat OS, rather than undertake this work, Google and Asus asked Verizon to suspend its certification process until Google’s new OS was available on the Nexus 7.

Google stated at the launch of Kit Kat that we can expect other Nexus devices to receive the update after a few weeks, so it could be quite some time before you see Verizon activating the new Nexus 7 on its network.

Typical, right?

Via: Android Police

  • PeckLawFirm PA

    Is this a sign of things to come Verizon? When the best new products on the market remains unsupported by one of the largest bandwidth providers in the country? As you know…many of us…your paying customers, expect that you would have our best interests at heart..that you would welcome new technology to use the public spectrum you’ve licensed from all of US…subject, of course, to license agreements as well as the rules of the FCC and an infrastructure to prevent Antitrust like behavior.

    Today it’s Google’s new devices you’ve pretending don’t exist…what device(s) will you and the others you’ve conspired with elect to keep from us tomorrow? Hopefully your pals at the NSA don’t cut you loose if some Senate Committee begins looking into possible anti-competitive behavior, breach of public trust, and conflicts of interest between the retail store and the bandwidth provider. Certainly, any enterprising politician might decide to take up a cause like this once they see a little more outrage from paying customers being denied the use of one device maker’s products on the public spectrum…and if not now…what about when the new Nexus 10 2 comes out in a few months..or the products from some other manufacturer that offers better technology that you decide to squelch? How’d that work out for the I phone by the way…lolz….doubling down on bad decision making can’t be your last word on this?

    So…just so you know…I, like many others, have been a loyal supporter of Verizon for many years, but in my opinion, these apparent bumbles in policy and lack of good sense has long term implications for your company as well as your private and institutional investors. As a bandwidth provider, if you and your board don’t see the writing on the wall…A public discussion concerning your stewardship of this privilege may soon be hard to avoid.

    Good luck with that~~~

  • coolsilver

    Yup T-Mobile to stay on my N7.

  • Stone Cold

    Straight from AP: Ellipsis’ specs: 1280×800 LCD screen, 1.2Ghz quad-core processor of unknown origin, 8GB of storage plus an SD card slot, 1GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery, 3.2MP rear camera, and a relatively unskinned Android 4.2.

  • Haroon Dar

    Already trying to sell their crap

  • ckeegan

    Cool, now where is the Nexus 10?

  • markgbe

    lol verizon, soooo dumb.

  • Ryan Stewart

    Seeing as how there is no issue putting a sim in and using it this smells like some organic bull.

  • d-rock

    They don’t want it on the network. Verizon is FLIPPING out that an unapproved device might make it’s way on their network. They are such control freaks. Even with SIM cards, they have found a way to be closed off to freedom of choice.

    AT&T is not a great company, but their network coverage is on par with Verizon, they prices are the same (if not a little lower) and they don’t care what device you put on their network. They are more than willing to help you activate an unlocked device.

  • Steve B

    I still blame Verizon. F Verizon, you’re in my rear view mirror now. Being free from their shackles feels even better than I had imagined.

  • schoat333

    I’m willing to bet that the system issue is Verizon bloat app won’t work on it.

  • Tyree Mcgrone

    The reason that Verizon won’t listen to us, because we’re small fish in a big pond . Only a small percentage of Verizon customers are phone geeks.

  • Nexus N Me

    After the Holiday’s I plan on leaving Verizon for Sprint I think the initial move will be painful but down the road I think Sprint will be able to match Verizon.