Nexus 4 can be forced to connect to 4G via simple tweak

News Richard Goodwin 10:10, 23 Nov 2012

Fancy a 4G-enabled Nexus 4? All it takes is a simple tweak inside the handset’s debugging menu, according to reports

Google’s Nexus 4 wasn’t launched as a 4G-enabled device, much to the dismay of many, but it does pack a 4G-enabled chipset made by Qualcomm. 

Officially, the 4G aspect of the chip is dormant, but a simple bit of tweaking in the handset’s debugging menu can force the device to connect to LTE networks. 

The news comes via XDA Developers, which claims that despite the Nexus 4 lacking a working signal amplifier and filter you can still force it to connect to LTE band 1700MHz and 2100MHz and run 4G data.

Check out the video of the hack here

Last week, Anandtech reported that ‘Band 4 (AWS) could essentially be supported with the power amplifiers and transceiver that already are on-board the Nexus 4, but again it ultimately comes down to a particular OEM choice whether these get supported.’

EE is currently the only 4G provider in the UK, although Vodafone, O2, and Three will join the fold in the second half of next year. 

EE’s network runs on 1800MHz, meaning Google’s Nexus 4 is unlikely to support it here in the UK. So far the handset has only been shown to run 4G on the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands. 

It’s an interesting development and one that we’ll be keeping a close eye on.

More news as we get it. 

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