If you've been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, you may want to take a rain check for now.
Over at the XDA Developers forums, users have reported that the Samsung handset running Android Ice Cream Sandwich suffers from a hardware bug that forces the phone to automatically change the volume.
The problem has been documented when the Galaxy Nexus is placed close to another phone that's making a call on the 900MHz GSM band. Apparently the Galaxy Nexus has inadequate shielding, and the interference is causing the handset to rapidly trigger the volume down button.
While there are temporary solutions (like forcing the smartphone to run only in 3G), it may not always be convenient, especially if you're in an area where 3G coverage is spotty. This also happens on the bootloader level, as shown by the video below.
Here at CNET Asia, we managed to get our hands on the Galaxy Nexus to see if this problem occurs, but could not reproduce the bug even though we used the same hardware. However, we were unsure if the problem is specific to a certain batch of devices or if our call was not made on the 900MHz band.
(Editor's note: CNET's U.S. reviewers also have not encountered the issue in, but ).
A Samsung spokesperson tells us the company is currently investigating the issue, and we'll be following up for more information.
The Galaxy Nexus dropped in Europe November 17, and isto the rest of the world shortly thereafter.
(Source: Crave Asia)