Google pulls the Android 4.2 factory image for the Google Nexus 4
posted by Alan F. / Dec 12, 2012, 11:33 AM
There is some speculation that the removal of the factory image has something to do with the dormant LTE radio that lies inside the Google Nexus 4. A hack has allowed those near a Band 4 (AWS) signal to have some LTE connectivity on the phone. If Google is planning to send out an update to block any LTE hack from working, the pulling of the current factory image would make sense. It is also possible that Google was feeling some heat from the FCC on this subject.
source: NexusFactoryImages, TheAndroidSoul via AndroidCentral
Google Nexus 4 OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2 View Full specs
- Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
- Storage 16 GB
- Battery 2100 mAh
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II know a few people that aren't going to be happy with this.... Bad move Google, bad move.
posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:40 AM 2
Bad move? I guess this signals an update is pending b-c there are many bugs. And I think LTE thing is not important as this is limited and can cause Google troubles with all the licensing stuffs.
posted on Dec 12, 2012, 12:10 PM 4
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An update is coming, from what I've read. Some are having problems (battery drain is one of the big ones), so a polishing update is expected. Pretty standard for the Nexus line, and (based on a forum post on XDA), it has been confirmed by a Google rep. No idea on whether it would remove LTE. I'd guess that it's possible, and not a big deal either way. The cat's out of the bag, and custom ROMs will be able to add it back. Even then, just about every site I've seen has said that the Nexus 4's LTE is pretty bad. It kills the battery ridiculously quickly and is slow compared with other devices (because the antenna and amplifier weren't really put into the device with LTE in mind, and they just happen to work).
posted on Dec 12, 2012, 2:22 PM 1
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If AT&T wasn't happy with the prospect of unwashed masses of Nexus 4 users polluting its pristine LTE pipelines, that could have impacted the decision to pull the factory image as well. Personally, I suspect the FCC angle is the motivating factor. No certification of the LTE radio means an un-authorized device. FCC takes a very dim view of un-authorized devices.
posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:44 AM 3
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