Microsoft enables 4G on select Lumia smartphones in India

Microsoft enables 4G on select Lumia smartphones in India

Microsoft has started rolling out a software update for select Lumia smartphones in India to enable 4G LTE. The software update is released as an over-the-air (OTA) update.

The list of Microsoft Lumia smartphones that are getting the 4G software update in India includes the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320, Lumia 1020, Lumia 930, Lumia 925, Lumia 920, Lumia 830 and the Lumia 625. A similar update is also rolling out for the recently launched Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL.

As the update is rolling out in batches, it would take time to reach across all the units. The company provides a push notification to let users download and install the latest update. However, users can go to Settings > Phone update and tap ‘check for updates’ button to manually download the new update.

The software update brings 4G LTE support on FDD-LTE (1,800 MHz) band. However, Microsoft would enable FDD-LTE as well as TDD-LTE on its future Lumia devices to offer a wider 4G support for the Indian market.

Microsoft Lumia 640 with 4G LTE

Microsoft Lumia 640 with 4G LTE support in India

This is not the first time that a company is enabling 4G LTE on its devices through a software update in India. Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC had released a 4G-enabling software update for the One M8 flagship back in August last year.

The presence of 4G LTE is expanding on a faster pace in India. Many companies already launched some of the their most affordable 4G smartphones in the country and Bharti Airtel recently started offering its 4G services in the capital city.

Unlike developed markets such as the US and UK, India is still far behind when it comes to the 4G technology. Gurgaon-based Bharti Airtel is the first telecom operator that launched its 4G services in the country, whereas Reliance Jio and Videocon Telecom are in development to start opting for the new technology in the coming months.

When it comes to the market of 4G handsets, Google’s Android-based smartphones are leading across all the segments, from entry-level to high-end, following a handful of Apple iPhone models including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

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