Despite what Google and LG are saying about the Nexus 4 not supporting 4G LTE, we’ve learned that it does ship with a 4G LTE chip inside and one that works on several carriers — though it requires some tinkering. Ironically, one feature that Google does advertise and state on the phone’s official guidebook has turned out to be MIA – its USB OTG prowess.

After a lengthy discussion, the folks at XDA-developers and other sources have come to the conclusion that USB OTG is a no go on the Nexus 4.

Nexus 4 – guidebook

Bear in mind that we’re not only talking about plugging in a USB stick to the Nexus 4 to compensate for its puny storage and lack of microSD slot, but plugging an external mouse or keyboard won’t work either. In short, no USB OTG devices work on the Nexus 4 for now. What gives?

We’re not sure if it’s intentional, but there’s no reason to believe that the hardware of the Nexus 4 can’t support such seemingly simple function — even if means getting the function to work through unofficial means. The oversight, if we can call it like that, is likely a problem that can be fixed with a future software update. Of course, we’ll have to wait from Google and LG to shed some light on the matter.

Are you surprised that a powerful, flagship phone like the Nexus 4 doesn’t support USB OTG? Or are you not bothered at all?

Bams Sadewo
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