It's been three months since the Nexus 7 was supposed to arrive on Verizon's LTE network, but Verizon is still refusing to activate the device. Now, the company is blaming Google and device manufacturer Asus for the delay getting the tablet certified. Verizon told Android Police that after it discovered a "systems issue" during the certification process, Google and Asus actually asked the cellular carrier not to certify the tablet for Verizon LTE until an update to Android 4.4 could arrive.
Here's Verizon's statement " 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".
Verizon stands to benefit the longer it takes for Nexus 7 support to arrive. The company just announced its own competing 7-inch tablet, the Ellipsis 7, which both costs more than the Nexus 7 and comes with weaker tech specs.
If this is a business decision rather than a technical problem, then Verizon is standing on shaky ground. When the company purchased spectrum from the FCC in 2008 — the spectrum that underpins its LTE network now — it agreed to an open access provision. The company promised that customers could use any device of their choice on that network.