Friday, November 23, 2012

Nexus 4 Gains LTE Support

It seems one of the main short comings of the Nexus 4 has finally been solved, partially, at least. A recent tear down by iFixit had already shown the presence of a LTE chip, but the necessary power amplifiers needed for a proper reception and the antennas for each LTE band weren't there. But a a few determined developers from xda were able to get it to work all through the debugging menu.

So why hadn't Google enable it in the first place? One reason is that it isn't as simple as implementing a GSM radio in a phone as it is LTE. LTE has many 8 bands opposed to the 4 basic GSM bands. This means implementing a world capable phone is much more expensive and takes a huge toll and battery life. But since its based of the Optimus G, that means it still has some of the hardware to do so. Only Band 4 works as of now. And since AT&T is licensed to use Band 4 that means Nexus 4 users in the future may finally be able to get some LTE goodness.

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