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You know how this goes - new software is sent out for a Nexus device, so posts on the Google factory image and binary repositories aren't far behind. The Nexus 7 LTE is the only Google device that's had an OTA update for a while, so today's additions are small: a single file on the Factory Images page and three binary files for the various hardware components.

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Google was kind enough to label them "Verizon," in addition to the standard KVT49L label for Android 4.4.2. Presumably custom ROM makers will update to the new binaries in order to assure more complete compatibility. The software image itself doesn't contain much more than a new edition of the baseband radio. That's about it, really. Have fun, developers.

Source: Developers.Google.com 1, 2

Michael Crider
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  • rmkilc

    I don't like the fact they labeled them "Verizon". This is confusing and misleading. It makes it sound like this update is for a separate Verizon SKU, when in fact all Nexus 7 LTEs are created equal, no matter where they are sold (this is good).

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

      It's labeled "Verizon" because it appears that the update is only rolling out to N7 LTE models with Verizon SIM cards. I haven't seen one single report of someone with an AT&T, T-Mobile, or non-US SIM getting the update. It wouldn't be the first time Google has rolled out an update to a device, but only for ones with a certain carrier's SIM card. Back when the Nexus S was getting Jelly Bean officially, all I9023 models got JRO03E regardless of carrier or country...except devices that had Vodafone Australia SIM cards. They got JRO03L instead. So there's definitely some historical precedent for it.

  • Matt McNair

    I have an AT&T sim and I flashed it for kicks. Runs perfectly fine on AT&T LTE. Just as stable and fast as it was pre-update.

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

      Yeah, in the end, every N7 sold worldwide runs the same firmware (razorg), so there's no reason you couldn't update it manually and use it. It's just that your device won't get the update via the normal OTA system. If you put a Verizon SIM in it, though, the OTA notification would pop up as soon as you rebooted.

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      ♛♛♛ ♛♛♛⫩ ♛♛♛ ♛♛♛︨♛ ♛♛♛ ♛♛♛The software image itself doesn't contain much more than a new edition of the baseband radio.

  • hotweiss

    I flashed this update on my international Nexus 7 LTE, and now my Nexus is a lot more responsive. Great update.

    • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

      Really? Interested to know what is the changelog in this other than the verizon LTE support.

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

        I can assure you that it's just placebo effect. All that changed in the update was a new radio (presumably Verizon-centric stuff) and some updates to sensor drivers. That's it.