Verizon sure has been taking its sweet time in getting its act together with the 2013 Nexus 7. While the hardware has physically supported Verizon’s LTE network this whole time, the carrier has been dragging its feet in officially welcoming the tablet, making it a real pain for anyone to activate – it’s not like there weren’t work-arounds, but we craved something more formal. Last fall, we heard that software issues might have been delaying Verizon’s certification, and that the arrival of KitKat would finally start changing things – but even after Android 4.4 arrived, Verizon still wasn’t showing the Nexus 7 any love. Now a rumor suggests that the day has nearly arrived for Verizon to embrace the tablet, after all this time.
Reportedly, Verizon is set to open sales of the new Nexus 7 sometime next week, with Thursday, February 13 mentioned as a specific possibility. We don’t yet know if that means online sales, or having the tablet available in its retail stores, but the important part as far as we’re concerned is that activating a Nexus 7 on Verizon will no longer be such the convoluted hack-job.
Better late than never, we suppose.
Update: Well look what we have here.