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Google Nexus 4 owners are getting buzzed...from the earpiece, that is

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Google Nexus 4 owners are getting buzzed...from the earpiece, that is
Buzz goes the Google Nexus 4

Buzz goes the Google Nexus 4

There is a strange sound coming from some Google Nexus 4 handsets. It has been described as a "faint buzz" or a click coming from the phone's earpiece or camera area. Some are complaining about hearing distorted calls, especially at high volume. While owners of the phone would love the problem to be software related, which could be fixed with a simple update, those who have heard the noise suggest that it is a shielding problem related to the electronics inside the device. If true, affected units would have to be recalled.

One good thing about the noise is that it is not loud and requires a person to be at close range to the Google Nexus 4 to hear it. Outside of being annoying, the worst damage happening to the phone would be a battery drain if the buzzing or clicking has to do with a hardware issue that prevents the earpiece from shutting down between calls.

The issue has been"starred" 69 times in Google's database and enough of a (God help us) buzz has been created to get Google interested in checking out the problem. With some Google Nexus 4 owners just receiving their handsets, we're not sure how widespread the situation is. If you own the device and have the buzzing or clicking noise, drop us a comment in the box below. And also, let us know if you plan on living with the noise or if you're gonna contact Ghostbusters Google about getting a new handset.

source: Phandroid

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posted on 23 Nov 2012, 20:36 5

1. yoyo93 (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


Buzzgate . It had to done,sorry.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:28 1

35. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Interesting, 69 stars. So 69 people were able to get the phone on that awful launch

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 20:46 6

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


are people "looking" for problems now a days or are these real issues??

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 20:50 8

3. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I'm fricken disappointed in Google for choosing lg as there nexus device, I have never seen an lg device that is up there with HTC and Samsung in popularity, HTC should have made the nexus device and I say to Google suck s**t for making lg to make a nexus device

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:22 5

15. MeoCao (unregistered)


Come on, all new devices have problems of some sort, and this is still not confirmed yet.

LG has done a terrific job, much better than SS. SS withheld all key technologies for later use on GS3 and turned GNex into crap if not for Google's design and software.

What about HTC? They now don't need Google. Their new friends are MS and Apple.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:28 3

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Once again here u go blowing off, and covering for a google misstep, but if its apple u go all in on them.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:05 1

28. MeoCao (unregistered)


LOL, I said nothing about numerous iPhone 5 bugs like WIFI, keyboard... b-c I knew those were minor ones that any new phones could have and could be fixed quickly.

I think this one is the same (if confirmed), a small bug and will be fixed in the nearest update.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:29 1

39. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Darkkjedil : Mr.Meocao hates apple .
Mr.Meocao . When the GNexus is launched the OS is a massive leap over 2.3 and the HD screen is a first . While 4.2 is just a minor update and nothing special that stands the Nexus 4 apart from other android phones .

Thats the reason why i pick HTC Nexus One and Galaxy nexus as the best nexus phones . I mean , Nexus S wasnt really a big leap over nexus one and Nexus 4 wasnt really a big leap over Gnexus . Still hate the galaxy nexus name though they should have used nexus prime

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:20

43. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's true. Well said.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:19 1

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


MeoCao c'mon man, u know u r hella biased against apple. If the ip5 and N4 have an identical issue (purple lens flare anyone) u go off on the ip5, and cover for the N4 lol. C'mon admit it, cuz ur posts confirm it bro.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:46

46. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


haha he doesnt like been called out for what he is

he's more then biasd against apple he also hates wp8 etc

he's the classic sterotypical android fanboy

i wouldnt waste your time trying to get a reasonable comment from him

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 09:56

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


U said it bro, and every word is spot on true.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 09:59 1

50. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I am starting to think he hates every thing . He used to be a Samsung fan boy that defends Samsung to the death , well as you can see , not anymore

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:26 1

54. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


wouldnt suprise me if he's just some little kid thinking he's funny when he slags off other choices that aren't android

i mean if he believes all the crap he says then he has problems

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:58 4

47. JunitoNH (Posts: 1895; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Yes, you are correct, but with one big difference. If you have an Apple device with a problem, you have options. You can go to the Apple store and exchange the device, to the store, or mail the device to Apple, guaranteed repair or replacement within three days time with next air shipment. Also, the Apple store lets you use a device until your unit is repair, if you decide to go that route. Now, contrast that with Google, my 13 day old GNx. Screen problem and overheating. Google puts you in contact with Samsung; Samsung tells you to ship the device and you're really sh*t out of luck if you don't have a backup device. Also, you are lucky if you get it returned within thirteen days, and getting a new device good luck. At the end, it all comes down to customer service. You may hate Apple but their service second to none.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 09:58 1

49. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said and true, cuz I went thru that with a sprint gs2

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:26

55. andygallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I believe if you buy it from a third party retailer, Google will tell you to deal with the manufacturer. If you buy it directly from the Play Store, then that's a different story.

I only have one experience with Google customer service and considering they don't have a store you can walk into, it was quite painless for me.

I noticed some screen issues after about 2 months of use on my Nexus 7 (slight lifting on the left side). I went online, filled out the RMA form and, within an hour, received and email with a pre-paid shipping label for the return and confirmation of 2nd day shipping of the replacement. They gave me two weeks to send mine back with the pre-paid label.

If I wind up getting another Nexus device, I'm only buying thru the Play Store.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:35 2

56. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


In some countries google play store isnt available , like mine

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:49 1

57. MeoCao (unregistered)


I'll tell u a story:

A wolf and a sheperd dog were friends. The dog told the wolf: "I'm better off than you, I'm never hungry. When I get sick I'm cured and I have a warm place to sleep. Come to my place and enjoy the comfort together".

The wolf was convinced so he visited the dog's place, spent there a day then he left. The dog was very surprised and asked why. Then the wolf said: "You won't understand, this is not my life, I can't live w/o freedom"

The dog was perplexed: "Freedom? What's that? Is it as good as my bone?"

Android is FREEDOM, my friend. LOL Happy holidays.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:59 3

58. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


that has to be the dumbest thing ive ever read, your trying to compare actual freedom a need that drives people through life to a mobile os...............and you say your not a fanboy lol

can i tell you a story

there once was a tech revolution, tech moved forward at a fast rate, but those who enjoy tech started choosing sides

this went on until those who always bragged about freedom and openness started attacking others over there freedom to choose.

those that used to say openness is what mattered had become as closed minded as the os's they complain about

i know needs abit of work but you get the point

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:42 1

66. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude u destroyed him with that... Simply destroyed him

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:02

64. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude that was the wackest crap ever. The wolf isn't free, it's controlled by the government that allows hunters to kill a certain amount, oh and lets not mention poachers. We'll call the hunters, and poachers android malware lol. Nice try though, but u r a sensationalist.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 13:03 2

59. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


LG makes terrible phones. Nuff said.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:43

67. darkkjedii (Posts: 22031; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hardware wise I've never been impressed with LG, and there skin is a direct knockoff of Touchwiz UI.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 18:01

70. joey_sfb (Posts: 5991; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


MeoCao which lg phone do you own especially the great ones? I own 2 lg phones and they both suck!! buggy unfix software.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 20:26

71. MeoCao (unregistered)


I know LG phones are not the best, that's why they are not as successful as SS or even HTC until now.

On the other hand LG has improved a lot recently and I'm impressed with Optimus G. And design of some models of Optimus G is very good.

Nexus 4 is different, this is Google software and design and LG did a good job manufaturing the phone.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 07:39

41. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


LOL, are you actually sayin that popular devices are the best as well? I can tell you a lot about One X or SGS3 because I own them both, and they've got their flaws as well.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:38

45. JunitoNH (Posts: 1895; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I have to agree, LG can't even make a good old fashion flip phone, with a good battery. Lg needs to stick with tvs and washing machines.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 10:02

51. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Or bluray players

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 14:25

62. theo14461 (unregistered)


I have to say that I owned the Optimus G on AT&T, and had no problems, worked great, speed, call quality, browser, camera, all worked fine.

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