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Verizon to certify Nexus 7 2013 on its LTE network after Android 4.4 KitKat update


The new Nexus 7, or Nexus 7 2013, was a major upgrade over its predecessor in almost every way. In particular, it supports LTE connectivity, allowing users of the device on North American carriers to enjoy high data speeds that weren’t possible on the original. Well, except for those on Verizon, as the country’s largest carrier didn’t allow the Nexus 7 to be used on its network due to certification issues, leaving Verizon customers in the lurch.

Then, Verizon came out and said that certification process for the Nexus 7 had commenced and would take 4-6 weeks. That was back in September, but the certification still hasn’t happened. Now, Verizon has come up with an official statement to shed some light on the matter. Verizon states that a “systems issue” that required Google and ASUS’ immediate attention is the reason people are still waiting, and to make things worse, the three companies decided to wait until after the 7-inch slate received an update to Android 4.4 KitKat before undertaking the certification process.

The statement reads: “During the certification process for the Nexus 7, Google, Asus and Verizon uncovered a systems issue that required Google and Asus to undertake additional work with the Jelly Bean OS running on the device.  Since Google was about to launch its new Kit Kat OS, rather than undertake this work, Google and Asus asked Verizon to suspend its certification process until Google’s new OS was available on the Nexus 7.

That’s all well and good, but provided the KitKat update arrives in the next week or so, it will still be an additional month and a half after that before the certification procedure goes through. Which means you might be waiting around till the end of the year before you can enjoy Verizon’s fast 4G LTE data network. Not nice Verizon, not nice at all.

Via: Android Police

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