Verizon ensures the Nexus 7 will get LTE certified, Nexus 5 next please

Yesterday news surfaced and flooded the interwebs surrounding the fact that Verizon wasn't letting users activate and use the new Google Nexus 7 tablet on their network. Instantly many were fired up and getting out the pitchforks, but it sounds like it wasn't all their fault. Their usual 4G LTE certification process is in the final stages, and once complete, the Nexus 7 will be all set to rock out with Verizon LTE speeds.

Sundar Pichai: 70 million Android tablet activations

Today we are happy to be enjoying breakfast with Sundar Pichai, the man in charge of Android and Chrome over at team Google, and he's just started sharing some interesting numbers. While we're expecting the new Nexus 7, Android 4.3 and much more, he's talking numbers. Confirming there is now over 70 million tablets running Android.

Larry Page confirms 1.5 million Android devices are activated daily

In case you missed the usual boring earnings call by good old Google today, they've been making plenty of cash. While we'll talk more on that later, we wanted to mention some Android numbers because as usual Larry was on the earnings call shouting them out. I'm just excited to know that soon enough Android will reach that magical 1 billion point. That's impressive!

Verizon sees more Android activations than all other carriers

If there's one thing about Verizon, they love touting their huge 4G LTE network, as well as the Android phones that go with it. It isn't too surprising then that between June and August of this year, Android devices accounted for around half of all device activations on Verizon. That's a lot of Android phones.

Verizon waives $35 Tablet activation fee

Verizon has announced that they waiving their $35 Tablet activation fee for month to month data plans related to the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets. The fee waiver is retroactive to March 1. Users who find they have been charged the fee, should also see a similar credit on the same bill effectively cancelling it out. The waiver is likely in response to the fact that the iPad 2 has no activation fee from Verizon, so why wouldn't Android get the same kind of love.

Motorola Xoom users having a hard time with Verizon account activation

It seems that Verizon may be stuck in the dark ages when it comes to new customers activating their Motorola Xoom tablets. CDSmith over at Reddit shares his frustration at buying a new Xoom tablet and when trying to activate a new Verizon account in order to make payments and manage their accounts. The issue lies with not being able to activate a user account since Verizon sends the activation password either by SMS text message to a phone on the same account, or via snail mail. Being that the Xoom doesn't have a phone number, a user account can't be activated directly. And if new users don't have a Verizon phone on the same account, their only option is through snail mail, which is problematic since the temporary passwords are reportedly expiring before the users can receive the notification.
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