Remember the brouhaha back in September when LTE-capable Nexus 7 owners discovered they couldn’t activate their devices on Verizon’s network? Back then Verizon went into full damage control mode and indicated the device was going through the certification process. At the time, it looked like that might be a matter of a few short weeks…if there were no problems. Verizon has now revealed that there were problems and as a result, owners of the Nexus 7 will have to wait at least until KitKat rolls out for the Nexus 7 and can then be certified on the Verizon network.
According to Verizon, a “systems issue” was identified during the testing process, apparently with Jelly Bean 4.3, that did not pass muster with Verizon. Due to the impending release of Android 4.4, Google and Asus determined the best course of action would be to freeze the certification process until the KitKat version was available per the statement below:
During the certification process for the Nexus 7, Google, Asus and Verizon uncovered a systems issue that required Google and Asus to undertake additional work with the Jelly Bean OS running on the device. Since Google was about to launch its new Kit Kat OS, rather than undertake this work, Google and Asus asked Verizon to suspend its certification process until Google’s new OS was available on the Nexus 7.
According to previous Verizon statements, the certification process typically takes four to six weeks, assuming there are no problems identified. So owners of the Nexus 7 hoping to activate their device on Verizon should add at least that much time after KitKat is available and quite possibly longer when trying to guess a date to finally connect to Verizon’s LTE network.
In the meantime, attempts are being made to get more information on what “systems issue” existing with Android 4.3 that Verizon thought was an unacceptable risk to their network.
source: Android Police