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Nexus 7 LTE Receiving Update to Enable “Full Compatibility With Verizon’s 4G LTE Network”

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The Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is receiving a 37MB update this afternoon that “enables full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.” That’s literally all it says. The screenshot we have mentions that it’s Android 4.4.2, but as you all know, that update came long ago for Google’s 7-inch slate.  You are looking at a new build number of KVT49L, though.

The timing for an update that deals with Big Red’s network couldn’t be better, as the tablet is set to launch with official compatibility tomorrow in stores and online. We first reported the news that the Nexus 7 would be sold by Verizon this Thursday, even showed pictures of the unit in stores with a line-up of accessories

In the About screen below, we are seeing a newer kernel and baseband.

nexus 7 KVT49L update

Cheers Adam and Tom!
  • flosserelli

    Enjoy it, Verizon Nexus 7 buyers. Because it is probably the only “Verizon certified” update you will ever see.

  • aye_winchell

    I seen a verizon commercial last night, they called it the “Verizon Nexus 7″ and i threw up in my mouth a little bit. It might not be that big of deal, but its one of the things that bugs me the most about Verizon. They could have said “the nexus 7 by google on verizon” or “verizons nexus 7 by google” but no its just verizons nexus 7 as if the device was completely thought up, researched, designed and manufactured by them, its just the arrogance, they insist upon themselves :)

  • Andrew Coon

    I should add, that no crapware was installed as part of this update.

  • Andrew Coon

    I have this particular device – and before the update I was getting 17 mg/s down and 8 up. After the update, I am getting 41 meg down and 17 up. This may not be the norm, but I am pretty excited about this boost in speed. It puts my dsl to shame…. now if only I still had a grandfathered unlimited plan….

    • techpro1993

      AWS probably has higher priority than 700Mhz in new baseband and Verizon AWS has 2x bandwidth than 700MHz. Check which LTE band was connected.

  • Kevin

    An update that allows Verizon to limit the amount of bandwidth consumed on certain websites. *cough* Netflix.

    • Adrynalyne

      Its in their best interest not to limit bandwidth. They make bank on overages.

      • Ian

        They could also make bank charging for priority traffic…

        • Adrynalyne

          The FCC would step in for that.

          • jimt

            From your fingers to god’s ears. Let’s hope the FCC is on this. I just read today they are thinking about how to handle this whole net neutrality thing (Verizon).

    • jimt

      FCC may still have a say, stay tuned.

  • AbbyZFresh

    So why can’t Verizon simply adapt and accept the Nexus 5?

    • jimt

      No radio

    • Philip J. Fry

      Because the nexus 5 don’t support verizon bands.

      • Jason B

        More accurately, it doesn’t support CDMA, which Verizon still uses for voice and is a requirement for Verizon phones (until VoLTE anyway). The Nexus 5 likely has the necessary LTE bands, including AWS band 4 (1700MHz).

        • Adrynalyne

          Band 4 support is quite small still and it doesn’t have band 13.

          • Jason B

            It could probably be updated to support upper 700MHz band 13 for Verizon (the hardware is in place). It already has lower 700MHz band 17 for AT&T. But, it’d likely need certification from the FCC, so it won’t happen.

        • Dave Whyte

          Incorrect it works on Sprint which is still CDMA

          • Jason B

            And Sprint’s CDMA is completely different from Verizon’s, totally different frequencies.

          • Dave Whyte

            I understand that was just saying that it has CDMA which you stated it didn’t is all.

          • Jason B

            Verizon CDMA was implied since we’re discussing Verizon support.

    • Adrynalyne

      Lack of needed hardware.

  • Adrynalyne

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    disableTether();
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    • Nathaniel Webb

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      • Adrynalyne

        LMAO.

  • Alec

    It’s all about that Nexus 8 though

    • jimt

      On a different carrier maybe.

  • jimt

    Something stinks!

  • Philip J. Fry

    …..and that’s probably one of the last updates it will see.

    • jimt

      Hence, Galaxy Nexus 7

      • Philip J. Fry

        I didn’t see your post until after I posted it.

  • EC8CH

    WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP

  • jimt

    Hello galaxy nexus 7 LTE.

  • The Narrator
    • jimt

      Whats wrong with slingbox, I know it’s not from verizon. Why disable?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Probably came pre-installed.

        • ceejw

          Considering the Slingbox app costs $15 I’d be happy to have it preinstalled.

    • michael arazan

      That list makes me sick to my stomach.

      Wonder if I can sue Verizon for the ulcer they have given me

  • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

    IBthelockdown

  • jimt

    Does that mean it has to come from Verizon?

    • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

      Most likely

      • jimt

        That blows!

        • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

          They want 100% control over all the devices on their network. This is the first LTE device that was “non verizon” to be approved. Hopefully they’ll see the light and allow the N5 on as well.

          • jimt

            I had a galaxy nexus, that’s why I went to TMO and have Nexus 5.

          • Adrynalyne

            The way I read this, all LTE models get this update. It doesn’t say its specifically the Verizon model.

          • Andy Taylor

            Yes you are right…. You can buy the LTE version anywhere and it runs on VZW now.

          • ccrsems5

            On play there are three versions with LTE… one for gsm, one for att and one for tmo…. which or would any do?

          • Adrynalyne

            Any. They just come with different sims.

          • jimt

            I wonder after it is Verizonafied if it will still work on the other carriers or if it is then sim locked to Verizon.

          • Adrynalyne

            Good question. I’ll see if my Verizon friend knows.

          • HaroldCallahan

            It’s the same hardware as the Play Store version. No sim lock. I’m running KVT49L on another network and it works just fine.

          • Andy Taylor

            All I believe but activating the VZW sim maybe the difficult part.

          • Blue Sun

            It will be difficult until tomorrow, assuming that you believe the rumor that VZW will sell the Nexus 7 tomorrow to be accurate.

          • Tim242

            The Nexus 5 does not have Verizon bands…

          • Boblank84

            don’t understand the amount of down votes on a accurate statement…

          • Tim242

            This site has become filled with trolls over the last year or so.

    • HaroldCallahan

      You can buy the LTE Nexus 7 anywhere in North America. It doesn’t matter where you get it. The hardware is exactly the same. There is only one LTE model sold in North America, hardware-wise. (There is a second model sold outside of North America, which is incompatible with Verizon.) If you buy it from Verizon and agree to a 2-year contract, it’s $250. Most other places, including the Play Store, sell it for $350. Verizon also will sell you the tablet contract-free for $350. http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/device/tablet/nexus-7

      To use the tablet on Verizon, you need firmware version KVT49L. If you buy it from Verizon, it will come with this firmware version. Otherwise, you’ll have to update it to this firmware version. Normally, you need to insert a Verizon SIM card first in order to trigger the update, otherwise your tablet will not “see” the update. Alternatively, you could of course root the tablet and install the update manually, or any number of other options.