The LTE variant of the 2013 Nexus 7 is allegedly getting a new Android 4.3.1 update which we haven’t seen before. For the time being, only the LTE variants seem to be getting the update with no word on other eligible Nexus devices yet. The update is said to be only 9.42MB in size, so downloading it shouldn’t be a big deal. The LTE Nexus 7 is relatively new to the market, so the update was pretty unexpected. There’s no access to the changelog yet, but it is believed that the update will bring the Google Keep app by default and will allow enabling of restricted profiles for family members. There is also going to be some minor performance patches along with the obvious bug fixes.
The update is being rolled out in stages at the moment, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see it on your tablet yet. If you don’t like waiting for a notification to pop up, you can head over to the settings and check for an update yourself. By the looks of it, this appears to be a tablet only update, so Nexus smartphones might not get to see this update at all, especially with Android 4.4 on the horizon.
The LTE Nexus 7 is officially available in the Google Play Store for $349 with an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card bundled. However, the two variants don’t have a separate SKU reserved for them so they’re both unlocked by default. But to lure in potential customers AT&T is now offering a juicy $100 off on their bill if customers sign up for a two year contract with the carrier. Whether this paltry discount is worth your commitment for a long duration of two years, is a decision left solely to you. But considering that AT&T currently has the fastest LTE network in country and with no word on Verizon’s compatibility with the LTE Nexus 7, this might just be a safe bet.
There have been a lot of customers waiting for the arrival of the LTE variant of the Nexus 7, so this might just be the deal they were looking for. The LTE Nexus 7 comes in a single storage variant of 32GB, so there’s no smaller or bigger alternative for the customers, much like last year’s offering from Google.
We all know that a 4G LTE Nexus 7 exists as Google officially announced during its unveiling. However, it isn’t available in the market yet with only the Wi-Fi variant being sold as of now. But a Chinese user has been lucky enough to get the 4G LTE variant accidentally, ahead of its actual release.
Needless to say, the user has posted several images to back up his claims which have since been picked up by several websites. A user of the Baidu Teiba forum called crazyfreely is the lucky user. The user apparently expected the Wi-Fi only variant for which he paid the local equivalent of $331.
There’s no ETA on when the LTE enabled Nexus 7 will officially hit markets, but we can presume it will happen sometime next month or the month after that. Most aspiring buyers have refrained from buying the tablet in anticipation of the new LTE variant. Hopefully, Google doesn’t make users wait for long.