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Nexus 4 on Lollipop gets its LTE restored, thanks to helpful devs

By Stephen Schenck November 20, 2014, 7:37 pm

One of the big success stories for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Nexus phones is how the Nexus 4 got its official update from Google – especially considering how the previous year’s Galaxy Nexus didn’t even make it to KitKat. Of course, we were eager to check this out for ourselves, and as soon as the update became available, we were quick to flash it and show you how the new software performed. But while this continued Google support is great, it doesn’t come without a price – one that might not matter to everyone, but it’s an issue we’ve been dealing with for awhile: LTE support. Luckily, there’s a fix for that, allowing you to rock Lollipop on your Nexus 4 while still enjoying 4G speeds.

As you may recall, the Nexus 4 has hardware capable of LTE operation, but the phone was shipped without this mode enabled. Devs were quick to unlock the feature in software, but it wasn’t long before Google updated the phone with firmware that blocked even this work-around – and ever since, getting LTE to work on the Nexus 4 has required a little more legwork.

The good news is that bringing back this LTE mode continues to be possible even with Lollipop. You’ll need to flash a new modem, just like you would to get LTE working on pre-Lollipop Nexus updates after Google implemented its block, but this latest release brings things in line for compatibility with Android 5.0. Consider it just another tool to help breathe a little more life into this two-year-old (and still raring for more) Android.

For full details on the procedure, as well as all the files you’ll need, hit up the source links below.

Source: XDA Developers forum (instructions, Lollipop modem)
Via: XDA Developers

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