The head of Google, Andy Rubin, recently spoke to the TheVerge and explained why the LG Nexus 4 comes without 4G LTE. Rubin said that there were many reasons why they chose this option. These reasons are mainly due to problems with battery life and the inconsistencies of LTE networks around the world.
Andy Rubin talks about LG Nexus 4 and issues discovered when they launched an LTE Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Rubin went on to say that the experience they had with the LTE Samsung Galaxy Nexus was less than par. This news came a year following the release of the Galaxy Nexus on the 4G LTE network of Verizon. This was the first handset to have 4G LTE and come with Android 4. 0 ICS.
Even from the start the Verizon version of the Nexus was a problem for the Google camp. First Verizon delayed the handsets launch, putting it back to December, so that they could release the Motorola Droid Razr and promote it. Then they took more than five months to send out an update to fix a bug, as the device has many software issues. When Google released Jelly Bean Android 4.1, Verizon were behind in getting the update out to users.
Google of course do not want this type of experience for users of Nexus handsets. These reasons have accumulated to play a part in Google’s choice to just have the LG Nexus 4 on HSPA+ AND GSM.
So does this mean that there will never be another LTE enabled Nexus that is pure vanilla? It shouldn’t, however it does mean that it may be a while before it happens.
On a side note, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is no longer available in the Google Store.