Google's 2012 flagship Nexus smartphone, Nexus 4 was successful enough to gain popularity. But a key missing feature was LTE connectivity. The Nexus 4 only supports 3G network speed.
Thanks to a senior XDA member, bpear96, a Nexus 4 LTE Modem Flasher app, which enables users to flash modems on their Nexus 4 and enable LTE connectivity on it, has now been released. The app is available in the Play Store and requires root permission to run.
When the app is launched three tabs such as Stock Modems, LTE Hybrid Modems and BUILD.PROP should be seen.
The Stock Modems tab contains a list of all the stock modems available with Google. The LTE Hybrid Modems collect various hybrid modems to enable LTE and BUILD.PROP enables LTE and disables LTE on LTE Hybrid Modem.
As the developer notes, "This (app) can enable Band 4 LTE on the nexus 4. T-Mobile in the USA uses this for their entire current LTE network. AT&T in US uses it in select locations. Various carriers in Canada and Mexico are also using Band 4."
Head over to the development thread to know more about the Nexus 4 LTE Modem Flasher app.
Interested users, who wish to install Nexus 4 LTE Modem Flasher and enable LTE on their smartphone, may follow our step-by-step guide.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers it will not be held liable for any damage to the device.
Note: Nexus 4 LTE Modem Flasher app requires root permission.
How to flash Modems on Nexus 4
Step-2: Run the app
Step-3: Browse to Stock Modems tab
Step-4: Tap on the desired Stock Modem version
Step-5: Select to delete or, preserve the downloaded model file by switching ON or OFF the Delete model after flash? option
Step-6: Tap on Flash
Step-7: The phone will reboot automatically into recovery mode and flash the modem file
The Stock Modem will not work as it does not support LTE. Therefore, the device needs LTE Hybrid Modems, which are needed to enable LTE.
How to enable LTE on Nexus 4
Step-1: Run the Nexus 4 LTE Modem Flasher app
Step-2: Browse to LTE Hybrid Modems tab
Step-3: Tap on the desired hybrid modem version
Step-4: Select if you want to delete or preserve the downloaded modem file by switching ON or OFF the Delete modem after flash? option
Step-5: Tap on Flash to begin the installation process
Step-6: The device will reboot automatically into recovery mode and flash the modem file
Step-7: After the device reboots successfully when the new Hybrid modem is installed, run the app
Step-8: Browse to BUILD.PROP tab and check Enable LTE and Reboot New boxes
Step-9: Tap Apply. The app will make the necessary modifications to the build.prop to enable LTE and reboot the device
You may verify the modem version either in Bootloader Mode by switching off the phone and then pressing Volume Down and Power buttons together or, navigating to Settings>> About Phone and checking the Baseband version.
[Source: Droid Views]