Friday 23 November 2012

23/11/2012: LTE on the Nexus 4: only if you're lucky, Samsung releasing a 'Premium Suite' update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 and more!

So you can use LTE on the Nexus 4... But only if you're lucky.

    A few days ago the dismantling of LG's Nexus 4 revealed there was in fact an LTE chip inside it, but for various reasons no one thought that that chip would be able to work. It turns out it can, but only in a specific set of circumstances! Find out what they are after the jump!
   Unfortunately here is where the bad news starts for most of us; first up there's a tweak which you have to make to your phone which the clever guys at XDA found. Then after this you unfortunately have to be a resident of Canada because the LTE connection will only work on TELUS and Rogers networks. This is LTE Band 4, which runs at 1700MHz and 2100MHz, unfortunately most other countries in the world don't use at the moment. Although, T-Mobile USA is set to roll out LTE on this frequency next year and AT&T has the ability to but there's no available markets available at the moment.

   Although this does work it's worth remembering that Google doesn't intend for this phone to have this capability at the moment so the connection may not be reliable and as great as we all hope! If you give this a go let us know how you get on!
Via Slashgear.

In other news:

  • Samsung have announced that one of their 'Premium Suite' updates will be coming to the Galaxy Note 10.1. The update includes Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, enhanced "multi-window" multitasking and hover-based "air view" controls for the S Pen. 
Via Android Central.

  • Three UK have announced that they will be offering the Nexus 4 direct to customers. Obviously we'll have to wait until O2's exclusivity period winds up. Three are really keen to promote their 42Mbps DC-HSDPA capabilities, which the Nexus 4 also supports. You can check out a video showing the phones features here.
  • Huawei and TalkTalk have announced that the latter will be offer the Huawei G330 will be available from December on their network. In their press release the guys said that 'The Ascend G 330’s combination of 1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch screen and 1500mAh battery enables a powerful entertainment experience, ideal for catch-up TV, video and gaming.' Make sure to check TalkTalk's website next month if you're interested!
  • Perhaps there should be reasonable judgement used more often after it emerged today that a 9 year old in Finland had her house raided for suspected file sharing offences. Her Winnie-the-pooh laptop was the offending computer. Finnish police suggest the man should pay the fine and every can get along again! We don't agree with illegal downloading ourselves but this can't be doing the girl any good!
    Via Slashgear.
  • And finally, Mozilla has announced it will discontinue development of their 64-bit version of Firefox. Mozilla said the reason for this was that they are focusing on other things instead.
    Via Slashgear.


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