The Galaxy Nexus volume bug has been squashed in Google's labs. The Android software maker has just announced it has a fix for the problem plaguing UK owners of the new Nexus, which will be rolled out "as soon as possible." Here's Google's statement in full:

"We are aware of the volume issue and have developed a fix. We will update devices as soon as possible."

It was starting to look like the pseudo-random volume fluctuation on the device was a hardware issue, one that would potentially require the replacement of affected handsets, but Google's promise of an update would seem to indicate that's not the case. Let's hope the remedy is as simple as an over-the-air software update.

Update: We reached out to Google for clarification and have been told the volume issue is definitely going to be fixed in software. As with anything of this kind, what we're looking at is the faulty interaction between software and hardware, however the company is resolute in saying it'll deliver a software fix.

Unfortunately, Google's track record in such matters is less than perfect, following similar promises of a software solution to the Nexus One's chronic 3G and touchscreen issues. Eventually, the company just abandoned attempts at a fix, having originally claimed those problems could be overcome with better software.