Android 4.2.2 update for the Google Nexus 4 removes (unofficial) LTE support

by: Ankit BanerjeeFebruary 14, 2013


There’s a lot LG and Google have got right with the Nexus 4, but if there was something to crib about, especially if you live in the US, Canada, or any other country where 4G LTE is slowly becoming the norm, is the fact that the Nexus 4 is not an LTE-enabled device. While Google had an explanation as to why, a device teardown revealed the existence of a dormant LTE radio in the device, and it wasn’t long before someone figured out how to activate it. Granted, this only helped users in Canada since it worked only on AWS bands, which aren’t used by LTE carriers in the US.

Of course, without any official paperwork, it wasn’t going to be long before this “feature” was removed, and it looks like that time has come. Brian Klug over at AnandTech reported  that the latest Android 4.2.2 update available for the Nexus 4, that was released recently, removes the LTE Band 4 support entirely from the device.

During his tests, he found that when going through the steps to activate LTE on the phone, he found that unlike before where choosing the “LTE only” setting would connect the phone to a Band 4 LTE network, after the OS update, the setting automatically reverts to “WCDMA preferred.”

If you’ve been using LTE on the Nexus 4, then you may want to hold off updating the device to the latest iteration of the OS. You can check out the Android 4.2.2 JDQ39 changelog to see if the changes are absolutely necessary for you.

What are your thoughts? Were you enjoying LTE speeds on your Nexus 4? Have you updated your device to Android 4.2.2? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Marco Mendoza

    I wanted to try and see if it would work on att lte but it looks like I won’t get a chance to, so now I’m debating whether to update to 4.2.2 or not

  • Antoine Dalli

    Still wanting for the update

  • mcwong

    Battery life greatly improved after update. Great!