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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 (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


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: 543; 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: 11235; 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: 11235; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's true. Well said.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:19 1

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 11235; 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: 11235; 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: 893; 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: 11235; 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: 11235; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


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

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:02

64. darkkjedii (Posts: 11235; 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: 11235; 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: 2909; 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: 81; 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: 893; 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 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


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.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 20:56 2

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


I think if this is real then Google will take action.

For Google your ears are always right, LOL

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:08 2

5. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


Lol LG at its best..

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:40 3

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


how u gonna blame it on lg when yall dont even wanna put lg's name in the title?? last time i checked it was the "google nexus 4" but when a problem arises yall wanna put the blame on lg.....

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:42

11. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


And i'm going to bet my bottom dollar that this is a hardware issue. LG's fault.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:45 3

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


what ever man u just dont wanna see someone do good.....far as im concernd you was counting on them failing......

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:00

18. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


I dont want to see companies do bad, but its expected from previous results.. I recently just got the LG Optimus G.. took it straight back and got the GS3 due to software bugs.. LG just doesn't take time to develop and put their products in beta to work out the bugs.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:03 1

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


i dont know what to tell you man......i thought the optimus g was good because i havent been hearing any problems from it so far....but if "you" are having problems then like i said i dont know what to tell you but i would assume that maybe its just you........sorry and i know assumings not good but again There really hasnt been too much reports on it being a bad phone....

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:56 4

13. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Actually, Ravail has a point. True, google designed the phone. But which company, again, manufactured it? LG. Yes, Google designed and put the software, but the hardware was from LG. Google just told LG what specifications it wants on the phone. If this is a hardware issue, then LG must be liable of it.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:13 2

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


ok so if we are to give credit for a mess up why cant we give credit for somthing good? like putting their name in the title? i get the feeling ravail just wants to be that person to point out their mistakes and say "see i told u they wasnt any good" more so than him actually "having a point"

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:49 2

17. MrNobodyWTB (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


umadbro?

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:01 1

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


yea i get mad at hatred bro.....u mad?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:29 1

44. wendygarett (unregistered)


Just calm down ok lol... You dont need to keep back pedaling all the time... Let them hate ok lol... Every phone has flaw especially the first batch...

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 13:25

60. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


wendy i dont jump on "everyone" just some people need to be told somthing for just being flat out hateful and foolish....... just let people hate?? yea right do you know what happens when you "just let people hate"? sales change because people opinions have been influenced by spiteful and hateful attitudes...........thus leaving good companies without a shot at making it.....sorry but dont just let people hate on you wendy

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 15:20

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


see im with you on the not letting people get off when there been completely hateful and biased. but i always get it in the neck as when its an android boy been hateful to other os's etc i say something and you have a horde of android fans on you

if there was a easy way to stop the hate it be so much more simple. just wish people would comment on all hateful people and not just those who are hating on there chosen products and leave those in there camp as it is to carry on

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:03

69. wendygarett (unregistered)


people hate LG because it make a bad past record... If LG wanna get reputation back... It needs to EARN it... I believe LG will success because it gain my trust... And you too, remixfa and others... Let them hate, when nexus 4 get the first update... They will jealous as hell :)

And yeah... I will earn my reputation back slow and steady :) I don't mind to let them hate

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:09 3

6. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Remixfa : Any problems ?

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:19

7. jacobxtyler (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


my biggest gripe is that plugging into my car stereo via usb doesnt work for playing music, but when you plug into the headphone jack at the same time you get a buzzing noise...

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:35

16. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Ground loop. Does it happen with other phones?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 13:49

61. jacobxtyler (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


i havent tried it, before i just plugged in my iphone4 with the usb and charged/listened that way but with the nexus 4 i cant get my music playing unless its using analog (3.5mm). im gonna go out and check to see if it does it without the headphone jack plugged in an just usb to see if it is a ground loop problem.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:23 1

8. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It could be the initial batch since they have the most bugs. I am going to wait another month or two until LG gains experience in building this device -- I am so looking forward to get this to replace my POS (aka Moto Triumph). I can't wait for android 4.x after 2.2!!

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 21:40 1

9. Hemlocke (unregistered)


I have made quite a few calls with mine since Monday, and everything has been good. Battery life and lack of bumper-style accessories are my biggest gripes (The latter is not Google or LG's fault).

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:20

21. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Thats what happens if the phones are CHEAP... I bought nexus 4 ditching iphone 5. And this was my first mistake.. guys, purple flare... and sometimes it lags too.. Dont know why ? and also the phone get heated, battery life is not good.. when heavy use.

I am not complaining but android is somewhat become laggy while using more and more on nexus 4..

anyone of u experiencing the same thing.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:53

27. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


i really dont get it man.....i have a droid incredible 4g lte it is running android 4.0.3 and its dual core snap dragon s4 processor........ive been having it for about 3 weeks now and ive been downloading a good bit of apps, games, and emulators.......this is a phone that has 1gb of ram and only 8gb of internal storage...........running the "so called" heavy and laggy sense ui......and i have yet to have "major" lagg issues with this phone.....for the most part it runs pretty damn smooth......so while im not saying you are lying, i am wondering what some people are "truly" downloading and what they are really doing with there phones.........because your phone, the lg nexus 4, has twice the power of mine and is also stock ui........so how is this happening again?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:15

30. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


plz help me, coz i have invested a lot. I dont know but this is happening was impressed with android for the first time in my life.
any suggestions ?
Like when i am playing games heavy games, the frame rate drops and after that using the phone for like 2-3 min the dropped frame rate is there.

the batter life is like 6-7 hours of heavy usage.

well i think buying it from other sources could be the problem... Is it ?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:31

31. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


i guess thats the problem man "heavy usage" lol what do you expect from a phone?

I wanna say....get a galaxy S3 maybe?? i dont know but it sounds like you need to slow down on the gaming a bit....

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:06

33. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


read an article.. its not phones problem its 4.2 issue..thats happening to all the phones that have upgraded it. well will wait and see what happens..

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:43

36. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2447; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


what article did you just read if you dont mind me asking?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 04:30

40. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


i searched it on google.. and i found out that.. i dont know why i cant paste it here ...
U can google search it....

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:30 1

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 11235; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


This jus shows that all high end devices can have issues apple, google, doesn't matter. The N4 is still a great phone, but there r no perfect phones. Except the samappgoogberryphone8 lmao.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:32

24. syedzain (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


and guys this was my first phone that i migrated from IOS to android...

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