Seems that whenever you launch a flagship phone these days there’s some sort of bug or issue to go along with it. In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, users are experiencing strange volume issues.
The phone seemingly mutes itself at random intervals, and trying to increase the volume via the hardware buttons results in a battle with the phone for supremacy. You can see the effect in the video below.
It’s an odd one, to say the least. Is it a hardware or software problem? Users posting on XDA Developers have tried to nail down the exact circumstances for replicating the bug, and so far it seems to be related to 2G reception. When the phone drops to 2G, there could be interference picked up by the handset, which triggers the lowering and muting of the volume. Users don’t seem to be having any issues with good 3G reception.
This seems to affect all current models sold in the UK, whether they be unlocked or contract provided. Several users have reported the issue on their sim free models, and one forum member tried replacing his handset at an O2 store, only to find the issue crop up once again on his replacement.
The issue has been raised on Google Code, with scores of people experiencing the same issue. There hasn’t been any kind of confirmation from Google yet, but we expect there will be some word soon enough as more and more people come forward about the problem.