Samsung promises fix for Galaxy Nexus volume bug

Samsung has confessed that its Galaxy Nexus handset, developed for Google as the first smartphone to run Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich,' has a serious glitch - but promises a fix is on the way.

Early adopters of the Galaxy Nexus hero-handset reported a strange glitch in its operation: when using the 900MHz GSM band, or located near to another device using the same frequency, the volume fluctuates wildly - often turning down to a level inaudible by human ears.

Work carried out by hackers investigating the problem suggested that a hardware, rather than software, problem was to blame - raising the spectre of product recalls and the inevitable delays while a revised design is produced.

Breaking its silence on the matter, Samsung has confirmed that the flaw exists but claims itcan be fixed in software rather than hardware.

"Regarding the Galaxy Nexus," a spokesperson has announced via the company's official Twitter account, "we are aware of the volume issue and have developed a fix. We will update devices as soon as possible."

While the company won't be pushed on a time scale, the news that a fix is coming will be a relief to those who have invested in the handset - and an even bigger one for Samsung and Google, who faced a problem that could have made the iPhone 4S's battery-draining bug seem like no big deal.