Six months and nineteen days. It's been exactly that long since Hugo Barra announced the new Nexus 7 in a press conference, including an unlocked LTE model that works with Verizon 4G bands. It's been almost five months since that particular model went on sale, and about as long since eager users found out that they couldn't activate a new Verizon Wireless account with the tablet, which wasn't included in Verizon's device database. Today, exactly one day before Verizon starts selling the tablet itself, a software update has enabled full VZW LTE functionality on the 2013 N7.

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The software is Android 4.4.2 KVT49L. It should allow any user to add a Verizon line, either singularly or with a family plan, without going to the ridiculous lengths that were previously necessary. The update should also fix a few nagging issues for existing Verizon customers, including the inability to access data from the LTE network and a local WiFi network at the same time.

The update is exactly 37 megabytes, which includes a new build of the software radio (DEB-H00_2.42.0_1024). Other than that, there don't appear to be any significant changes. Verizon will start selling the Nexus 7 tomorrow for $250 on-contract.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

    Verizon still needs to update the My Verizon app because the data widget still doesn't work right on the Nexus 7.

  • Severo Rivera

    Classic Verizon. Takes them nearly have a year to finally "officially support" the Nexus 7.

    • Brad

      To be fair, it's only half a year... but yes, ridiculous..

  • Alvin Brinson

    Is there anything else in the update? I have an LTE N7, but I've got T-Mobile...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Nope. It's mainly just a new radio. It's possible they threw some non-Verizon stuff in there. You'll get the update, I'm sure, but you won't notice anything really new.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    I'm a foreign and I still have no idea why people even buy anything at all from Verizon. From what I see there are only problems with it, people are complaining about it all the time. Can someone explain?

    • Kevin Kraft

      Unfortunately, in many areas of the country Verizon is the only (feasible) game in town. A friend of mine is in Montana. Not even a rural, nobody town, but a college town. She can only realistically choose Verizon or ATT, and Verizon has dramatically better coverage.

      • anon

        only 4g connection in my town :( we have a few guys that have been so fed up with the verizon bs they have switched and the service of others is real rough. sprint is poping up 4g towers here as we speak though.

    • MC

      I lived in Hilo, Hawaii until May and Verizon was the only game in town there too. I acquired a Hotspot so I'd have I-net access outside downtown. However, after leaving Hilo I paid the ETF and dumped Verizon as quickly as I could. No matter how closely and diligently I monitored data usage, I consistently incurred expensive overages.

    • Brian Smith

      I'm on the network because I like to be able to receive and make phone calls

    • Michael Pahl

      I can choose ATT and get 3G speeds of 3-6 mbps, or Verizon LTE speeds of 50+mbps.
      I am still grandfathered into unlimited on my Verizon account so its a no-brainer.

  • Peter

    anyone captured the update url yet?

  • Jason

    I would be curious to know if anything changes with tethering. Does the update make the tablet check to see whether your Verizon account is eligible for tethering? I know the new plans with the horrible rates and data limits include tethering. But for old plans (such as the unlimited data plan), the tethering ability is still sold as a separate feature.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Tethering is unchanged. It still works and does not do the account check.

      • Jason

        Then it's interesting that Verizon would sell a device that can tether without checking your account. Even the VZW Galaxy Nexus ran the tethering check.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wait, is this a Verizon a specific update or is it for everyone?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      It appears that all N7 LTE models with a SIM card from a US carrier are getting the update. International N7 LTE variants are not (or at least there haven't been reports yet). Also, this update is purely for the N7 LTE and, in all likelihood, will not be rolling out to the WiFi variant, or any other Nexus device for that matter. All this OTA does is update a few carrier definition files and provide a new radio. It's nothing Earth shattering.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Well, I guess we'll see soon, I have an LTE version but not from US.

  • eliseo

    USA carrier's are so funny!

    In Italy: put any SIM on any phone and it just works...

    • Brad

      I think that'll come sooner than later here. The things motorola and google have been doing are really opening that up.

    • drbanks

      I did that before the update. Took an existing Verizon SIM I'd been using in a WiFi hotspot, and plugged it into my Nexus 7. Worked fine.

      The issue is/was those who didn't have an existing Verizon SIM, waiting to be repurposed, and who wanted a new SIM and activation.

  • RantGirlRants

    Verizon Wireless is a giant bag of dicks. Great network. Mediocre customer service. Worst selection of devices of any of the big 4 networks. Combine all that with policies that would make you swear that Big Red hates their customers.

  • WheelNuts

    why would any one use verizon on n7? i have been using the free 200mb/month t-mobile lte, and its great.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Maybe because we want a decent-speed connection anywhere we travel to? I travel a lot. I have T-Mobile for my phone, but the only reason I can do that is because I have Verizon on my Nexus 7. If I had to deal with T-Mobile exclusively, I'd go absolutely insane. You never have HSPA+ or LTE once you leave the city limits. The overwhelming majority of T-Mobile's network is still 2G/EDGE which, in 2014, is essentially as good as having no data at all. But, when I travel, I just bring my Nexus 7 with me. If I've got a crap connection on T-Mobile (which is most of the time I'm not in a city), I've always got a good connection with Verizon.

      T-Mobile is cheap, but you get what you pay for. If coverage and good data speeds everywhere matters to you, you go with Verizon or AT&T. Their networks wipe their asses with T-Mobile or Sprint and that's not even debatable.

      • WheelNuts

        well, i guess it depensds on where you live and where you go. if you are having a better experience with verizon, good for you. my experience is the exact opposite. i switched to verizon two years ago because i heard that they have goid receptions when others fail. what a dissapoinment. there is a long stretch of road outside my school in Pasadena where the signal just does not excist at all. the reception in my office is extremely unreliable. my girlfriend's sprint service is far more cinsistent. the inly good thing was the 4g lte is really fast when there is 4g connection.
        last October i bought my n7 lte, then i ordered a t-mobile sim card for free. to my suprise i found that t-mobile has pretty good signal in my office. the t-mobile 4g is also very fast that i don't feel any difference that the verizon 4g. now i bought my new n5 and switched my phone plan to t-mobile as well. T-mobile has come a long way since i first used their service many years ago, at least in my area. maybe verizon has better service outside the city, but i would rather have a reliable service where i spend most of my time.

  • Diaz1999

    New Build Number!

  • littleroot

    VZW on N7 working fine on old build K0T49H so I'm paranoid about doing this update as they may mess with the tether which is working fine thank you very much. i will be ignoring the begging update notification for as long as I can until all the facts are in.