Android 4.4.2 Build KVT49L Factory Image and Binaries Released for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

Remember that update for the LTE Nexus 7 (2013) that rolled out earlier this week to help the tablet better connect to Verizon’s network? We now have a factory image and binaries for it as Android 4.4.2 build KVT49L. Or as Google is calling it “release 2.”

If you own the LTE Nexus, feel free to grab the factory image, you never know when it might come in handy.

Links:  Factory Image | Binaries

PSA: LTE Nexus 7 2013 Available for Purchase Through Verizon

Today marks the end of a ridiculous saga:  the LTE-enabled Nexus 7 2013 is available for purchase through Verizon. It only took six months, but the Google-branded tablet has finally been “approved” to work on Big Red’s network. Talk about a thorough certification process!

It’s no secret that LTE Nexus 7 owners have long been able to use the device on Verizon’s network through unofficial methods, but the carrier’s approval and a a software update released yesterday will make the process a lot simpler. (more…)

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

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…)

Official: Verizon to Carry Nexus 7 on February 13 in Stores and Online for $350

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…)

Verizon’s Nexus 7 Now Arriving in Stores, “4G LTE Certified” Right on the Box

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…)

Nexus 7 Cases Showing Up in Verizon Packaging

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…)

Nexus 7 to be Sold Through Verizon Starting Next Week, Likely February 13

According to sources of our own, Verizon will begin to sell the Nexus 7 next week, most likely February 13. In case you haven’t been following, Verizon has been changing its story as to why it has taken so long to certify, sell, and activate the ASUS-made tablet, which has been workable on its network since release last year.

The first reason was because the tablet had not gone through the Verizon certification process, but even after we waited weeks for that, Verizon then stated they were waiting for Google to push an Android update to the device. Regardless of what really happened and why Verizon customers were getting the cold shoulder with the Nexus 7 tablets, it looks as though Big Red is finally ready to start selling through its own channels.  (more…)