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. (more…)
After we broke the news last week that Verizon would begin carrying the 2013 Nexus 7 with LTE on February 13, the wireless carrier has now made it official. Big Red will begin selling the 32GB version of the device this Thursday for $349.99 both in stores and online. If you’d like, you can also grab it on 2-year contract for $249.99, except that’s not a very good deal. You may as well just pay full price for it. (more…)
Yesterday, we received word from sources that the Nexus 7 had finally received certification from Verizon and would be sold through the carrier as early as February 13. We also saw some cases for the device, with Verizon branding, arrive in stores for the launch. Today, we are now seeing the actual device hit back storage rooms of stores, but reps are told that it can’t be sold just yet. It looks like we have finally reached the end of the “certification process.” (more…)
Earlier today, we reported that sources of ours had indicated that Verizon would begin selling a variant of the Nexus 7 (2013) as early as next week, likely by February 13. While you could pull out our saying of “nothing is confirmed” until we hear word from the carrier, the arrival of Nexus 7 cases in stores with Verizon branding on the packages is certainly something to be added to the story.
While Verizon carries all sorts of accessories in-store, it wouldn’t make much sense for them to carry a Nexus 7 case if they weren’t also planning to sell the device at some point. We still don’t know for sure if they are going to sell it in-store, online, or both, but with cases showing up in retail shops, it could be both. (more…)
Thanks to evleaks, we have our first look at what the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 tablet from Samsung will look like on Verizon. As we can see, there doesn’t appear to be anything too different about the device from the WiFi-only model, oh, except the massive 4G LTE logo on the backside. (more…)
Verizon has this self-branded tablet called the Ellipsis 7 that you probably don’t know much about. It’s a low-end tablet that they try to sell for more than you can pick up a 2013 Nexus 7 for. They also try to sell it with a 2-year contract for $150, which is quite possibly the worst deal in tech at the moment. It features a 1.2GHz unknown quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3.2MP camera, low-resolution 7-inch display by today’s standards, Android 4.2.2, and 8GB of storage. Again, it’s not great and probably shouldn’t be in your top 100 list of potential tablets to buy. (more…)
Sprint may still be playing catch-up in the 4G LTE market game, but with today’s announcement of 40 new markets, they are starting to hit some sort of a stride. If you count today’s new additions, their total tops out at around 340. While that is still far below Verizon’s total, it feels like we are getting there. Keep in mind that Verizon lit up their 500th market back in June of 2013.
The list of markets isn’t necessarily focused on one part of the country either. You’ll see Eugene, Oregon on the list, right next to Georgetown, South Carolina. Idaho Falls is on there as well, next to Jackson, Mississippi. (more…)
LG’s newest tablet, the G Pad 8.3, has hit the FCC this week on a course to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The tablet made a quick stop, showing LTE radios that support bands 4 and 13 (Verizon’s bands) inside and model number VK810, while all other specs and dimensions of the tablet appear to be unchanged. The G Pad 8.3 is also available as a Google Play Edition device as WiFi-only right from Google Play for the price of $349.99. (more…)