Nexus 4 Gets Android 4.2.2, Loses Unofficial LTE Support

14 February 2013, 6:24 am EST By Binu Paul email: Mobile & Apps

As Google offers the exciting Android 4.2.2 update for Nexus 4, Google takes the desirable feature of LET support away from the device. Nexus 4 was not included in the initial rollout of the software update when its siblings Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 began receiving the Android 4.2.2 update pop up.

The LG and Google's latest Nexus handset has been receiving unofficial support for Band 4 LTE from the beginning. However, as AnandTech notes, the feature has disappeared with the OTA update that reached the smartphone owners today. The newly released update includes both - software changes to Android (4.2.2 build JDQ39) and a new baseband software image in the form of a delta update (radio.img.p).

Before the OTA update, the Nexus 4 used to immediately attach to Band 4 LTE if the appropriate 'LTE Only' selection was made in then phone info menu for preferred network type. However, after the update is made, the smartphone no longer attaches at all. "In addition, trying to select the 'LTE Only' preferred network type now quickly changes back to 'WCDMA Preferred,' likewise choosing one of the other modes which include LTE results in a change back to 'WCDMA Preferred' after exiting and coming back," AnandTech's Brian Klug wrote.

While this was bound to happen, Nexus 4 users should be thankful that it took so long for Google to act on it. Meanwhile, the Android 4.2.2 update brings a slew of other features on to the Nexus 4 handset apart from bug fixes and improved stability. Sound notification for low-battery alert and wireless charging is now changed. Users will see a new download notification that displays download time and they will be able switch on or off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by pressing their squares.

It's noteworthy to mention that AdBlock Plus will no longer work due to issues with auto-configuring the proxy after the Android update, Slash Gear reports. Users will receive update over the air, which can be grabbed from Google. The update is approximately 51MB in size, slightly larger than the 47MB update rolled out to the Nexus tablets.

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