US mobile network Verizon has confirmed that its version of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, launched last week, has an issue with poor signal strength - but claims it's fixable with an incoming software upgrade.
Users on Verizon's Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network have been reporting that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE smartphone reports poor signal strength where other phones on the same network are perfectly happy.
The issue, Verizon claims, is purely one of display: while the signal being received is the same quality, it's being shown as fewer bars on the display.
"There is no issue with the performance of the device," Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney claimed in a statement to DigitalTrends. "There is a difference in the way the signal is translated into bars on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus compared to other smart phones. A future software update will adjust the signal strength indicator to more closely match other Verizon Wireless devices."
The promise of a software fix will remind some of Apple's 'Antennagate,' in which the company claimed that poor performance of its then-new iPhone 4 handset was due to a similar error in translation compared to older iPhone 3GS handsets.
Verizon has yet to confirm a release date for the software update.