The Nexus 7 2013 LTE may be a Nexus device with no carrier branding or loyalty, but its latest update is giving it some Verizon-specific goodies. The tablet is now receiving an update that’s based on 4.4.2, weighs in at 37MB and will improve connectivity for those who managed to get their tablet running on Verizon’s network.
For the longest time, Verizon did not allow the Nexus 7 LTE on its network because it said that it was an uncertified device. However, that didn’t stop people from sticking existing Verizon SIM cards into their Nexus 7s to get them running on Verizon’s network. As of today, though, the Nexus 7 LTE is certified for use on the Verizon network and existing tablets are being updated to reflect that.
There is no bloat or Verizon apps, so you don’t have to worry about your Nexus 7 being sullied. However, this update does come with a new baseband — probably optimized to run on the Verizon network — and a new kernel. This should help everyone who wanted to run the tablet on Verizon, so there’s nothing to complain about. Have you received the update, and if so, did it change your data speeds on Verizon? Let us know in the comments!