When we first heard about the strange volume problems the brand-new Samsung Galaxy Nexus was going through, spontaneously changing audio levels without your intervention, we were a bit worried. After all, with reports tying the issue to specific usage of the phone’s cellular radio, it sounded like a hardware problem. Luckily, Samsung and Google found a way to correct the problem in software, and we learned future phones would arrive with the patch already installed. We’re still waiting on the manufacturer to release the update to existing Galaxy Nexus owners, but if you’d like to get a head start, an apparently official patch has been leaked, ready for you to download and install.
The trick to fixing this issue has apparently been a change to how long the volume buttons must be depressed for the phone to register input. While it’s still short enough that it shouldn’t be missing any intentional presses, the sensitivity is such that it now rejects the much shorter impulses generated as radio noise.
You’ll need to unlock your phone’s bootloader in order to install this fix, assuming you haven’t done so already. We imagine we’ll be seeing the release of an OTA update including this patch in the very near future, but if this bug has really been driving you crazy, at least now you can get early relief; check out the download and installation instructions through the source link below.