Asked by Anonymous
I’m fascinated by this possibility.
On one hand, it will make the Nexus 7 even better — lack of cellular connectivity is probably the biggest knock against the device.
On the other hand, given Google’s history with the carriers, I worry this could fuck the device. Does this mean updates will go back on the carriers’ schedules (which often seem to be next-to-never)?
You have to believe Google would not be stupid enough to give into carrier demands once again, giving them control of Android updates. They’d likely push for more of an iPad-like plan, pay-as-you-go.
If the “iPad mini” has a cellular option (still not clear though I imagine it’s likely), Google will probably have to do something. If the new Kindle Fire debuts with a 3G/4G option, Google will definitely have to do something.
As for the 3G vs. LTE question, doing 3G when everything is transitioning over to LTE seems sort of silly, unless you consider the rest of the world. Maybe that and price is why Google would go with 3G.