Sudden temperature change causes Nexus 4 back glass panel to crack

The Nexus 4 is a highly anticipated device, and many people are eagerly looking forward to it. However various issues with the Nexus 4 have been surfacing. A recent issue that has been doing the rounds on the Internet is that the back panel, which is made of glass is susceptible to cracks if there is sudden change in temperature.

According to a report by Droid Life, one of the authors had experienced a rather weird situation where the glass panel at the back cracked. The author explains that the reason for the glass cracking could be merely setting it down on a cool surface. The author states, “Both the Optimus G and Nexus 4 cracked in my possession without ever dropping them. You know what did it? Setting them down gently onto my room temperature stone countertop. That’s it. The temperature change after it went from my warm hand to a room temperature countertop was apparently enough to split both devices’ glass backs almost directly down the middle. To think, that deciding whether or not my device is going to crack just by laying it down gently, is something my mind doesn’t even want to entertain. But that’s where I’ll be should I decide that I want a Nexus 4 that no longer looks this way.”

The temperature change causes the back panel to crack

The temperature change causes the back panel to crack


This issue is not an isolated one and several other users are facing this issue.

The other major issue noticed with the Nexus 4 is that users are complaining about a buzzing sound from the earpiece. A recent report states that while some have complained that the sound is faint and intermittent, for some the static is loud enough to be a real nuisance. The worrisome bit is that it looks more like a hardware issue than a software one. Some believe that it could be a shielding issue with the interior electronics of the handsets making the sound audible only when the device is close to the ear. If it indeed turns out to be a hardware glitch, Google will have to replace handsets rather than simply release software patches to deal with this issue.

Since the issue is not very widely reported, it is being speculated that only one batch of the Nexus 4 could have this problem. It might be too early to conclude anything, since the phone was released only a fortnight ago. Neither Google nor LG has released an official statement addressing this issue.

The Nexus 4 was developed by Google along with LG. The phone has a quad-core processor, a crisp 4.7-inch (320ppi) display, and with wireless charging. You merely need to set the phone down on a charging surface to power it up without the hassles of wires. It works on Android v4.2 said to be the simplest and smartest version of Android yet. The camera promises to be a different experience altogether, allowing you to capture shots in all directions to create 360-degree experiences that you can share on Google+. You can also add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see.

Android v4.2, which is featured on the Nexus 4 will bring along other great goodies. These include Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard—thus adding the functionality of the Swype keyboard into the stock Android keyboard. Android v4.2 also adds support for wireless display so you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos, and play games right on a Miracast-compatible HDTV.

Published Date: Nov 29, 2012 16:20 PM | Updated Date: Nov 29, 2012 16:20 PM