The 2013 Nexus 7 comes with an LTE variant with support for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon as mentioned during the announcement. However, Verizon is yet to give the green signal for the tablet citing some technical issues. But Verizon has now come up with a clarification on that issue, claiming that these tablets will not get support for the carrier’s LTE signals until the new Android 4.4 KitKat update is finished rolling out.
The delay is apparently caused due to a system issue with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. And according to the carrier, Google and ASUS have asked them to put a hold on the certification process as the launch of Android 4.4 is imminent. So while it’s great news to have Verizon giving a clarification on the delay, it could take another few weeks for Verizon customers to finally be able to use 4G LTE on the 2013 Nexus 7.
Here’s the full statement given by the carrier:
“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.”