Unofficial LTE support for Google Nexus 4 gone after Android 4.2.2 update
0. phoneArena 14 Feb 2013, 09:20 posted on
Although the Google Nexus 4 was never intended to run on LTE airwaves, it could connect to LTE networks in some markets after a quick alteration of its settings. That's because the smartphone does have some of the guts needed to establish LTE connectivity as its hardware is based on the LTE-capable LG Optimus G. Nexus 4 owners in Canada were the first to report that, but the hack could make the smartphone run on AT&T's LTE network as well, at least in select areas. But now that Android 4.2.2 is out, the Google Nexus 4 can't connect to LTE networks anymore...
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1. wendygarett (unregistered)
Oh well, I believe android user are smart enough to root the lte back :)
7. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
I love stuff like this. Whats the over/under on number of days for them to figure this out?
I'd put it at about 5. And I'd still take the under.
13. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Its probably actually very easy to do as long as google didn't break compatibility with the old version it will be hacked soon.
14. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
This is the first time I've ever seen you which such a excellent thumbs up to thumbs down ratio wendy, good job :)
2. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Is funny how the words unofficial and updates is used around in the Android world... Why doesnt Android takes care of that and not leave it to 3rd party?
3. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Cause Android is the most open OS in mobile devices and unofficial things works and are available here :D
Google takes care of its devices such as the "old" G Nexus getting the full 4.2.2 experience, not like the iPhone 4 with its "limited" update (Siri? Navigation?)
6. bucky (Posts: 2473; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Please tell me you're not bragging about the gnex getting updates...
10. omar300 (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
he is, and even older version. his point is when google says 4.2.2. they mean 4.2.2 just same as latest device. not like iphone 4s having most features and phones before that just getting a number increase in their firmware and not a single feature added.
12. bucky (Posts: 2473; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Most gnex users haven't even received 4.2 at all. The 4s got a full update. The 4 is the one missing 2 things...it's well over 2.5 years old.
15. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
"After all, the Google Nexus 4 has not been approved by the FCC for use with LTE networks in the U.S."
Pretty much says it all.
4. ChafedBanana (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Does anyone know if there is a hack for the Nexus 4 to make it run on Verizon's 4G LTE?
18. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
Verizon uses CDMA technology. Nexus 4 is GSM, therefore it won't be activated, therfore won't be able to use LTE(no matter what sim card)
20. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
It won't run on Verizon, but this is not necessarily the reason. LTE is not CDMA. (This is why Verizon phones have 2 antennae now.)
The LTE bands on the Nexus 4 are (currently, at least) incompatible with Verizon. Verizon uses 700MHz, and the Nexus 4 can only run 1700/2100MHz LTE. Verizon bought some spectrum in those bands, and will use it for LTE at some point. A data-only Verizon Nexus 4 should technically be possible in the future.
It's still not a good idea, because the Nexus 4 doesn't really have dedicated LTE amplifiers. It happens to work, but it isn't designed to, so it's not as battery efficient as other LTE devices are.
5. ChafedBanana (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Never mind. I found this: Nexus 4 would need a fresh bundle of antennae within the chassis (which FCC filings reveal the phone lacks). It'd also need specially designed radio firmware (proprietary, closed-source stuff) and redesigned power management systems to manage the additional juice needed to run LTE.
8. skymitch89 (Posts: 1293; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
It might have lost it's unofficial LTE support with 4.2.2, but that is only until someone gets into the software and changes a few things around to unofficially support it again (like getting the old raido software to work with 4.2.2).
9. darkkjedii (Posts: 20099; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I find it odd that a phone this capable, and good doesn't have lte up n running stock
17. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
because of 2 major reasons.
The LTE isn't FCC approved, so LG could be charged in breaking the law
It only has part of the LTE hardware, which is embedded in the quallcomm chip. it doesn't have the signal amplifyer or anything else. therefore, the LTE on the NExus 4, will use extra battery and be slower than phones with specially designed LTE
21. yyuu1000 (Posts: 201; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
not updating my nexus 4 i am using it on att lte