Verizon explains hold-up on Nexus 7 LTE certification

Google’s ASUS-made Nexus 7 is one of the hottest tablets out there, and for users in the United States, Verizon offers some of the best LTE coverage around. With this year’s Nexus 7 launching with an LTE option, the two seemed like a perfect match – until you try to go an activate the Nexus 7 with Verizon. Users attempting such feats have been met with frustration, with Verizon appearing either unwilling or unable to set up new service – on the other hand, moving an existing Verizon LTE SIM over to the Nexus 7 worked like a charm. We’ve been waiting for the carrier to get around to official certifying the Nexus 7 for its network and taking care of all this, but that day has yet to arrive – and with the company launching its own seven-incher this week, suspicions have been voiced that Verizon’s delay may be quite intentional. Today, the carrier offered an update on the whole Nexus 7 situation, making clear just when support will arrive.

According to Verizon, it discovered some unnamed issue when first attempting to certify the tablet, and went to Google and ASUS for them to fix the problem. By this point, Google was heavily invested in KitKat, and rather than crank out a quick update for the Jelly Bean build the Nexus 7 was currently running, Google asked Verizon to kindly wait for KitKat, which would include the needed fix.

So, there you have it: KitKat availability is the current stumbling block for the Nexus 7 on Verizon. Hopefully that Android 4.4 release will arrive sometime this month, at which point Verizon can get back to its certification process.

Source: Android Police

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