Unofficial LTE support for Google Nexus 4 gone after Android 4.2.2 update

Unofficial LTE support for Google Nexus 4 gone after Android 4.2.2 update
Android 4.2.2 update breaks the unofficial LTE support for Google Nexus 4

Android 4.2.2 update breaks the unofficial LTE support for Google Nexus 4

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. In particular, it's the new radio software version included in the patch that drops LTE connectivity support for good. Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, the Google Nexus 4 has not been approved by the FCC for use with LTE networks in the U.S.

Of course, that's surely not a big loss for the majority of U.S. Google Nexus 4 owners since few of them will be affected by it. Still, if for some reason you demand having unofficial LTE access on your Google Nexus 4, just don't hit that "Software Update" button. 

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Nexus 4
  • 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(15.3h talk time)

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21 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Oh well, I believe android user are smart enough to root the lte back :)

7. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 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: Jan 17, 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: Apr 23, 2012

This is the first time I've ever seen you which such a excellent thumbs up to thumbs down ratio wendy, good job :)

16. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Verizon dislikes this post

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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: Jul 27, 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: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Please tell me you're not bragging about the gnex getting updates...

10. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 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: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

19. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

my neighbor's GNEX has 4.2.2

15. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 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: May 22, 2012

NEVER!!!!! 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: Jul 05, 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: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 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: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 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).

11. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

xda FTW!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 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: May 22, 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: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

not updating my nexus 4 i am using it on att lte

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