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Galaxy Nexus volume bug fixed with custom Android ROM

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The anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus still isn’t available in the U.S., but the phone’s U.K. users have been troubled by a volume fluctuation bug since its release. Thankfully, a fix has now been found — if you’re willing to install a custom ROM.

The volume bug, which has been closely documented by The Verge, is contained inside the Android Ice Cream Sandwich software and is not a hardware problem. Google says it is working on issuing a fix for the bug, but MoDaCo has released a custom ROM of the phone first that solves the issue. We would recommend you actually know what you’re doing if you decide to install the hack, as tampering with standard software can mess up your phone permanently.

The Galaxy Nexus will be released in the U.S. in December. It was released in the U.K. on Nov. 17 and will reportedly launch in Canada on Dec. 8. Verizon Wireless ran an ad for the Galaxy Nexus during Thanksgiving weekend that said the phone would retail for $199.99, but no date was mentioned. We suspect Verizon, Samsung and Google are trying to get the volume bug fixed before releasing the phone in the U.S., which is a much larger market than the U.K.

U.S. users are excited about the device because the Galaxy Nexus is top of the line for Android in almost all categories. On top of being the first Android phone with beautiful Ice Cream Sandwich software, it has a massive 4.65-inch screen with 1280-by-720 resolution that is capable of 720p HD video playback and Verizon’s blazing 4G LTE data speeds. It also includes a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.