Verizon points its finger at Google and Asus over delay in Nexus 7 (2013) activation

Verizon points its finger at Google and Asus over delay in Nexus 7 (2013) activation
If you're a Verizon customer, you might be tempted to blame the carrier's usual slow testing pace as the problem behind the lack of a Nexus 7 (2013) with connectivity to Verizon's 4G LTE service. After all, back in September Verizon said that it could not activate the slate because it had not yet been certified for use on Verizon's LTE network, even though it is compatible with the pipeline. But before you start grumbling and fuming and cursing out Verizon, the carrier says that the delay is the fault of Google and Asus.

Back on September 18th, we passed along to you the word that Verizon could certify the Nexus 7 (2013) in 4 to 6 weeks, a time period that has now passed. But Verizon is now saying that there is more to the story and that the delay has nothing to do with its notoriously slow testing. The carrier says that there was a 'systems issue' with Android 4.3 which the carrier wanted Google and Asus (the manufacturer of the Nexus 7) to repair before launching the tablet.

According to a statement from Verizon, Google and Asus wanted to wait for KitKat to rollout first, before fixing the issues with the OS. Both Google and Asus asked Verizon to halt its certification process until Android 4.4 is ready for the Nexus 7 (2013). So now the ball is back in Verizon's court as the carrier will have to test Android 4.4 on the tablet before it starts to activate the Nexus 7 (2013) for its customers. But just keep in mind that this delay seems to be the fault of Google and Asus, and for once Verizon is not to blame.

source: Phandroid

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Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh

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10 Comments

1. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

No excuse for Nexus 5 though.

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

What are you talking about? IIRC you can still use the Nexus 5 as a CDMA device, just not LTE. But why use that slow *** network?

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yes it can be used on CDMA, but thing with CDMA is phones are locked to their respective carriers. So a Sprint phone (the only CDMA variant) will not work on Verizon for two reasons. First, it doesn't have the necessary antenna/radios for Verizon's network. Second, the previously mentioned carrier locking. If anything, the N5 may work on Verizon's LTE, but all you would have is data. But that would only be the case if it supports their LTE bands.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Sure, now throw out everything you just said when this phone supports all the CDMA including verizon and sprint, WCDMA/HSDPA GSM and LTE frequencies except for verizon's LTE. The only reason why it wouldn't work is due to them blocking based on IEMI, not due to the N5 not having the appropriate radio.

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Yes, there is a problem. A problem that Att, Tmob users don't seem to experience or is not reported in the tech news.

5. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Hmm. Slow testing.. Delays.. Working fine on AT&T or T-Mobile. I wonder..

6. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

so... """The carrier says that there was a 'systems issue' with Android 4.3 which the carrier wanted Google and Asus (the manufacturer of the Nexus 7) to repair before launching the tablet.""" So... this IS the Carrier's fault... let’s face it, people where able to activate it just fine as long as they didn’t tell Verizon that’s what they were going to use the SIM for... so even if there was an issue, that statement MADE BY VERIZON says that THEY are at fault for the delay, "technical issue" or not.. Id give more credit to Verizon if they SPECIFICED what the issue is... but seeing as its not there, well, blame was exactly where it was supposed to be

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I bet the technical issue was that they didn't install the VZW bloat. I have no doubts.

7. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

amma guess that system issue is verizon probably wanting to put their bloatware on the nexus 7

9. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The system issue was Verizon's plans to launch their own crappy tablet which can't hold a candle to the N7.

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