Android 4.2.2 closes LTE loophole in Nexus 4

News Tony Crammond 05:07, Feb 14 2013

Android 4.2.2 has begun rolling out, but not all new features will be welcomed by users

Google has begun rolling out Android 4.2.2 to devices running vanilla versions of the operating system, and the update fixes a handful of bugs and brings some new features to Nexus devices, but not all of them will be welcomed with open arms.

The update includes updated quick settings, which now allow users to toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and off with a long press, new animations for the Gallery app and a new dialogue within the notifications bar which tells the user an ETA on their current download – so far, so good.

Unfortunately, the update also appears to close the loophole, which was allowing Nexus 4 users to access LTE on their device, owing to some left-over Optimus G genes that remained when the Nexus 4 was virtually cloned from it. This basically amounts to the device utilizing the same Qualcomm WTR1605L chip, but Google opted to shut off the LTE antenna in its Nexus 4, while LG made use of it for the Optimus G.

The shut off could be related to Google’s relationship with LG, after all, who is going to fork out the heftier fee for an Optimus G if all the same features can be had for $299 in the Nexus 4? Not many, we’re guessing, or it could signal the beginning of a new tack being taken by Google.

A large part of the appeal of Nexus devices is their hackable nature, which gives users (almost) free reign to get as much from their smartphone or tablet as they’re willing to work for, and without this openness Google’s devices become far less attractive, so we’re hoping the issue derives from a sales agreement, rather than something more insidious.

For now though, if you’re a user that has hacked your Nexus 4 to make use of the LTE then you should avoid this latest 4.2.2 update like the plague and head over to the XDA Developers Forum, where the subject is being discussed, and a fix, if one is viable, is likely to surface.

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