Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/21/bug_silences_samsung_galaxy_nexus_android_4_ice_cream_sandwich_smartphone/

Bug silences Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Ice Cream Sarnie smartphone experiences audio freeze

By Tony Smith

Posted in Phones, 21st November 2011 11:53 GMT

It looks like Vodafone was right to hold off on the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone, which went on sale last week, is infuriating punters with a particularly annoying bug.

The glitch sees the handset drop the audio volume of its own accord. The phone goes suddenly silent, without warning, many an owner spent the weekend complaining on the intertubes.

Others have grumbled about the volume key becoming unresponsive, and even the power key sometimes ignores users' presses.

Not ever handset appears to be affected, but the consensus is that the bug only makes its presence felt when the Galaxy Nexus is operating in the 900MHz band for 2G communications. That's a very commonly used band in Europe.

Galaxy Nexus owners who haven't experienced the bug have not been in situations where the handset needs to switch from 3G to that band, it is believed.

A low signal strength appears to exacerbate the problem.

Meanwhile, Vodafone, which last week said it was "continuing to test" the ICS smartphone before releasing the handset, confirmed that was not testing its own overlay software.

"This testing is not due to the addition of Vodafone content to the device," it said. "Galaxy Nexus is a Google experience device and contains no Vodafone branding." ®