Google says software patch could help fix Nexus One woes

Google has pledged to release a software patch that could help improve spotty 3G coverage on its flagship Nexus One smartphone.

“Our engineers have uncovered specific cases for which a software fix should improve connectivity to 3G for some users,” a Google employee named Ivar explained on company’s Nexus One forum.

“We are testing this fix now and initial results are positive.”

According to Wired, the Mountain View-based company may offer the patch as a software update by wireless download during “the next week or so.”

However, Google cautioned that software upgrade may not fix all Nexus One devices. 

“It may be that [certain] users are experiencing problems as a result of being on the edge or outside of 3G coverage, which a product fix cannot address.”

Meanwhile, a red-faced Walmart has acknowledged that it “erroneously” displayed an ad for a fictional Google Nexus 3G phone which would have been capable of running on more than one network.

“Due to a technical error, this item erroneously was displayed on our site…We have no plans to carry Nexus One in Walmart stores or online at at this time,” spokesman Ravi Jariwala confirmed in a statement obtained by GearLog.

Gearlog’s Sascha Segan noted that the “erroneous” product page was actually hosted on the Web site, which promised a very “different” Nexus One smartphone.

“This model would have AT&T’s 3G bands as well as EVDO, allowing it to run on Sprint’s and Verizon’s networks. That is, if it existed. You still have to wonder why someone built that entire Web page, if the phone doesn’t exist,” added Segan.