Volume issues for some Galaxy Nexus users; Vodafone delays release

by Kristen Nicole

Android 4.0 brings with it some exciting capabilities for new Android handsets, but devices running the new software are already demonstrating early issues. A number of Samsung Galaxy Nexus users in the UK have reported issues with the volume on their Android 4.0 devices, with the sound control moving up and down on its own. In some cases, the volume goes all the way down during calls, making it impossible to carry on conversations. Some users note that the volume issues only occur while making calls on 2G networks.

It’s an odd issue, but one that hinders the proper use of the Galaxy Nexus for its core functions. UK Wireless provider O2 has been busy keeping angry customers at bay, tweeting this morning that “unfortunately we don’t have a fix, it has been reported to Google & Samsung though. Sorry!” Vodafone, on the other hand, has delayed its launch of the Galaxy Nexus because of the bugs, saying they’re continuing to test the device’s software to ensure customer satisfaction. While UK users were the first to get the Galaxy Nexus, hopefully the phantom volume bug will be worked out before it hits the US market, where it will sell through Verizon stores.

Flash coming for Android 4.0

Android 4.0 has been inspiring others, as Adobe plans on delivering a version of its Flash Player mobile for ICS handsets by the end of the year. That means devices like the Galaxy Nexus will be able to play Flash games and animations in the browser. Flash’s incompatibility with Android 4.0 was discovered shortly after the Galaxy Nexus launch, with Google’s expectations for Adobe to release an updated version as the only consolation. While you may not be able to hear the sound effects of your favorite Flash-based mobile game, at least you’ll be able to play it.

There’s few other expectations from Google, Adobe or anyone else when it comes to Flash, however. Adobe’s already let on that this ICS update will be the final version for Android’s platform, as it announced its plans to shift focus to HTML5 earlier this month. Nevertheless, the update should keep users happy until HTML5 reaches the point of full standardization across the board.