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Google Nexus 4′s LTE Workaround Ended by Android 4.2.2

Nexus 4Nexus 4 users are finally beginning to receive their Android 4.2.2 update, about 48 hours after it was first spotted on Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices. Users of LG and Google’s latest Nexus handset may find themselves losing a desirable feature, though—AnandTech reports that an update to the phone’s baseband software included in Android 4.2.2 appears to completely disable its partial, unofficial LTE support. While LTE was never an advertised feature of the Nexus 4, the phone’s internal similarities to LG’s LTE-capable Optimus G handset extended to its Qualcomm-supplied WTR1605L LTE chip, which is sold in a package with the particular Snapdragon SoC used in both phones. Shortly after the phone’s release, tinkering by AnandTech and some XDA Developers forum users found that by digging into Android’s hidden settings, partial LTE support could in fact be enabled and used.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.