Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 Update Arriving, Kills Hidden LTE

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Ever since it was discovered that the Nexus 4 included hidden support for LTE operation, like its Optimus G cousin, it was clear that Google had to do something. After all, phones just using their radios any way they please is a big no-no, and the Nexus 4, unlike the Optimus G, wasn’t specifically FCC certified for LTE use. Either LG and Google would have to get the phone re-certified, adding that LTE support officially, or the phone would need to have this hidden feature removed. Well, the other day we started witnessing Android 4.2.2 come to a number of Nexus devices, but not then the Nexus 4. Today, the update finally starts arriving for the Nexus 4 as well, and in doing so, it kills-off the handset’s LTE mode.

After seeing Google pull the Nexus 4’s factory images from Google Developers back in December, we thought Google was already working to strip the phone of its LTE mode, but those files returned earlier this month, oddly apparently unchanged. While that gave Nexus 4 LTE users a brief reprieve, it clearly wasn’t meant to last. If you intend to continue taking advantage of the hidden support, you’re going to want to pass on this update.

Besides that change, and the Android 4.2.2 changes we saw the other Nexus models get, the Nexus 4’s update reveals some new battery audio alerts, including one for using a wireless charger, and a new tone for the low battery warning.

Source: Engadget, AnandTech

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