Rumors abound when we talk about Google, Nexus, and the ever sought after LTE. And of course there is much reason for there to be excitement about it as it appears on many people’s tech wish list.
Rumors abound when we talk about Google, Nexus, and the ever sought after LTE. And of course there is much reason for there to be excitement about it as it appears on many people’s tech wish list. The Nexus 4 was released roughly six months ago and yet here we are getting new rumors related to another release. What has had everyone talking has been the tale of a new handset coming out at Google I/O. More related to it is that Google has its masterminds working on an updated version of the Nexus 4 that has LTE capability and 32 GB of storage space.
This brings us back to the days when Nexus 4 was released; Google had made it obvious back then that all the missing features were a part of an intentional holding back. The missing LTE support and lack of storage was just about what everyone was complaining about. Andy Rubin of Android at that point dubbed the missing stuff ‘tactical’. Now of course this may have been a cover up for a job poorly done or it may have had some truth behind it.
But when we consider the possibilities of an LTE Nexus, we also have to wonder where it would actually be available. The global LTE standards aren’t exactly uniform nor are they dependable. In order to get at some GSM/HSPA speeds worldwide, only few frequencies are accessible to a device. The problem only gets more complicated when we throw in LTE networks and the U.S’s CDMA/LTE hybrid networks. Google’s releasing of an LTE device would then mean that they would have to figure out some ways to get it to work. So yes the best likelihood of success would mean Google releasing a revised Nexus 4 that works on AT&T as well as T-Mobile LTE due to the shortage of LTE networks. The likelihood of a device working on other carriers or would have CDMA is very poor.
So yes while there is a significant user base that would love this, as well as CDMA devices, the amount of problems to be solved would weigh more heavily than anything else. It seems relatively difficult at this point to create a device that could work on all carriers and networks.
But what the rumors say, the rumors say. Further variants of the same rumor are that Google may work in collaboration with LG to produce a set similar to the Nexus 4 but equipped with LTE and higher memory storage capabilities. So this model would then only be compatible with CDMA networks. According to SidhTech, this version would have the same specs as the original Nexus 4 and hence some will need a micro SD slot integration. Further, Android Key Lime Pie could be pre-installed in the Nexus LTE 4 version which would be a treat for Android lovers (though do watch out for the regular Android spy problems which tend to pop up, regardless the version).
So what happens will have to wait till the I/O Conference to find out. Till then happy waiting.
Natalia David is a tech writer for MobiStealth and closely follows Android and Google developments as well as development in spying apps. She can be contacted @NataliaDavid4.