Handtec confirms Samsung is “flashing” Galaxy Nexus with volume bugfix

November 25, 2011
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The ongoing saga with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is finally starting to shape up and make sense regarding the volume bug. Google has confirmed the issue and claimed a bugfix update was already en route and would be delivered shortly. When I said saga I didn't mean Twilight -- I meant this overblown issue with the Galaxy Nexus that turned out to only be a small software issue.

We've now learned this indeed was a small software bug that was fixed via changing the radio levels that were causing interference (2G). By controlling the debounce with a few simple tweaks the issue should be fully resolved and wont ever be a problem. In no way was this hardware related and we've now learned Samsung is already "flashing" or pushing an update that should resolve the problem.

Earlier this week UK online retailer Handtec stopped all shipments on the flagship device but today they've updated everyone on their official blog. Clearly stating that Samsung is in fact "flashing" or updating the Galaxy Nexus with the volume bugfix. They then go on to mention shipping with commence early next week and everyone will receive expedited delivery free of charge for the inconvenience.

Sounds like a good deal to me. We've still learned nothing new regarding when Verizon will launch theirs, but an ad was leaked last night showing it will launch at just $199. Pretty nice to hear considering most other Verizon 4G LTE phones have been $299 on contract. Hopefully we'll know more soon but for now here is our Galaxy Nexus hands-on.

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  • Enoel69

    Where is the 32GB GSM HSPA+ model?? This option should be available to us ASAP…not everyone is interested in buying the 16GB model since it is very limiting in terms of memory with the omission of the SD card expansion

    • JG

      Not gonna happen. It appears that the HSPA+ version will only have 16GB, while the LTE version will be exclusively 32GB

  • someone

    Holy crap, your explanation of the bug is completely incorrect…

    They are not modifying the radio at all. Denouncing is required for physical switches /buttons. When pressed, buttons like the volume do not send clean 1 or 0 -it bounces between on and off Repeatedly and quickly. Debouncing is the software smoothing out this “bounce”.

    The gn issue is that there is some crosstalk between the volume buttons and the gsm antenna. there are multiple fluctuations to fast to be caused by a human, so they changed the define software to ignore these fast fluctuations.

  • TechGuy-Tech

    I don’t think I’ve ever read any report so inaccurate – The problem IS caused by a hardware problem that Google/Samsung are circumventing with a software patch. I have been told that it is likely that a modification will be made to future production to screen the RF interference from the logic/processor components.

    This report looks like it has been cobbled together informration gleaned from partial guesses, rumour and a few blogs. It does not inspire any confidence in the quality of reports on AndroidCommunity.