Google Removes Unofficial Nexus 4 LTE Support In Latest Update

    February 14, 2013
    Zach Walton
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In November, it was discovered that Google’s Nexus 4 had a LTE chip in it. Some users were able to get the 3G-only phone onto 4G LTE networks in Canada, but it wasn’t exactly a widespread exploit. It apparently was enough of an issue, however, for Google to patch it out in the latest Android update.

Anandtech reports that the latest Android update hitting the Nexus 4 – Android 4.2.2 – has removed the ability for the Nexus 4 to access LTE networks on band 4. Before, users could simply access LTE by choosing band 4 under Phone Info. That method of connecting to LTE has now been removed, and it doesn’t look like there’s any other way to access it.

Here’s the guys from Anandtech showing how the Nexus 4 automatically kicks users off of LTE after the update:

It’s an unfortunate turn of events for those who were getting LTE speeds on such a cheap phone, but it really was only a matter of time before Google patched it out. If you still want to get access to LTE, Droid Life suggests users either wait on updating or hope an enterprising developer takes out the radio update from the latest Android update.

Either way, Nexus 4 owners will probably find a way around this latest update to keep getting their LTE speeds.

  • Jake

    SHAME ON YOU GOOGLE!! google is practicing apple ways now. why do they have to get butt hurt that some people can get LTE! i just upgraded trusting google and lost my LTE. I guess I was wrong! but I will bring it back.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Apparently the concern is that the Nexus 4 isn’t FCC certified to use LTE networks. Granted, that’s a moot point in Canada, but I assume the same is true for Canada’s wireless frequency regulatory body. Having unchecked devices using certain bands of frequencies could lead to problems.

      I will agree though that Google blocking a little used and little known about exploit is kind of annoying. You can always not upgrade, or get a custom ROM though.