Although my Google Nexus One no longer has issues finding a 3G signal, there’s still a bunch of device owners that are living on the EDGE. Literally. The phones are simply unable to see or maintain a speedy 3G connection, regardless of the hack used. I’ve been following along in the official Google Nexus One help forum since this issue surfaced and there’s some good news to be had. Ivar, a Google Employee posted this timely information:
“I wanted to post an update to the Nexus One Help Forum to let you know what we’ve been working on to help address the 3G issues some of you have been facing. I also wanted to thank you for being patient as we work to investigate the problem, an effort which has included our hardware partners. Our engineers have uncovered specific cases for which a software fix should improve connectivity to 3G for some users. We are testing this fix now, initial results are positive, and if everything progresses as planned, we will provide an over-the-air software update to your phone in the next week or so.”
As previously suspected, there’s a software issue affecting the 3G radio signals in Google’s newest Android (s goog) phone. Thanks to over-the-air update functionality, my hope is that all Nexus One owners receive the firmware fix before the end of next week. It’s simply crippling to a speedy device to be hobbled by a lowly EDGE connection. And I’m very curious what the 3G speeds will be like after the update, since T-Mobile claims to have upgraded their entire 3G network to the faster 7.2 Mbps flavor of HSPA. This software fix might further optimize the radio for faster throughput. I saw 2.1 Mbps down on my Nexus One when I landed in Philadelphia, but since then, I’ve only been able to manage roughly half of that speed.