Verizon subscribers hoping to get an LTE Nexus 7 running on their preferred network may soon be in luck. The second-gen Nexus 7—FINALLY—looks like it has finally passed Verizon’s certification process and is about to be released on the carrier’s network, more than six months after the Googley tablet first hit the street.
Anonymous sources supplied DroidLife with several snapshots of a Nexus 7 package with the “Verizon 4G LTE Certified” tag right on the box. At this writing, the Nexus 7 was not yet available from Verizon, but the device is reportedly in stores and could be on sale as early as Thursday, February 13.
If the images are legit, it means the end of a long wait for prospective Nexus 7 users hoping to use a 4G version of the tablet on Verizon. When Google introduced the second generation Nexus 7 in July, the LTE version was expected to work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
But when the LTE model went on sale in September, Verizon refused to activate any Nexus 7 devices bought through Google Play. At the time Verizon said it couldn’t because the device hadn’t been “certified” to work on the company’s network.
The ordeal dragged on through November, when Verizon put the certification process on hold until the Nexus 7 received the Android 4.4, KitKat update. Three months and an Android 4.4 rollout later and Verizon still hasn’t seen fit to sell the Google-Asus built pocket tablet.
But that may soon come to an end if Droid Life’s sources are correct. We'll be keeping our ear to the ground for an announcement in the coming weeks. The LTE Nexus 7 sells for $349 with 32GB of storage on Google Play.