Over the past few days, the Internet has been abuzz with the news the LG manufactured Nexus 4 does indeed have an LTE chip. This was revealed when a stock Nexus 4 received the teardown treatment. This chip is actually redundant and in a response to TechRadar, an LG spokesperson has stated the reason for it being included in the handset.

The inclusion of an LTE chip has led many to believe that the handset could run on the LTE network in the future, but LG has stated that this could not be the case.

The reason behind no LTE

Nexus 4 does not feature LTE to save on cost

LG states, “In order to provide the best possible specification for Nexus 4, LG utilized the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset as can be found in its 4G LTE product, namely LG Optimus G. This powerful chipset is only available with a combined processor and modem and cannot be implemented separately. The modem contains 4G LTE capabilities but is only effective when combined with other essential hardware parts such as a signal amplifier and filter in order for it to work. It therefore cannot be upgraded to 4G LTE capability through software.”

The spokesperson went on state, “With the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, Nexus 4 therefore offers the same amazing processing performance as LG Optimus G but for the 3G market.”

However, what may come as a mystery is that there are reports floating around claiming that few people have managed to connect to an LTE network without the hardware that is expected to make this option work using tweaks.

In late October, Google had announced the latest devices in its Nexus line-up, along with a new flavour of Android – version 4.2. The new version is still named Jelly Bean. A revised version of the Nexus 7 tablet, a new 10-inch tablet called the Nexus 10, and Nexus 4, LG's offering with the Nexus branding, were announced today by Google on its official blog.

The Nexus 4 is Google's latest smartphone, developed together with LG. It has a quad-core processor, a crisp 4.7-inch (320ppi) display, and with wireless charging you just set the phone down on a charging surface to power it up, no wires needed. This device too runs on Android v4.2 said to be the simplest and smartest version of Android yet. Starting with the camera, the company has reinvented the photo experience with Photo Sphere, which lets you capture shots up, down, and in every direction to create 360-degree experiences that you can share on Google+. You can also add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see.

Android v4.2, which will be featured on the Nexus 4 will bring other great goodies. These include Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard — thus adding the functionality of the Swype keyboard into the stock Android keyboard. Android v4.2 also adds support for wireless display so you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos, and play games right on a Miracast-compatible HDTV.

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