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January 9, 2011

Google says fix on the way for Android text glitch

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by Darren Allan

Google has announced that the company has a fix in the pipeline for an issue with errant texts on the Android operating system.

In rare cases, some users have found their texts being sent to the wrong recipient, a potentially embarrassing state of affairs, particularly for love rats and the like.

According to a BBC report, Google has been investigating this problem and has got to the root of it, with a patch due to be rolled out soon.

The Beeb quoted Nik Kralevich, an Android Security Engineer, as stating: “It took us some time to reproduce this issue, as it appears that it’s only occurring very rarely.”

“Even so, we’ve now managed to both reproduce it and develop a fix that we will deploy.”

“While we don’t anticipate any persistent problems, we’ll continue to investigate in case we come up with additional ways to trigger these bugs,” he added.

“Bugs” is mentioned in plural as the company has been investigating a second and completely separate related text glitch. This happens when users tap to open a message, and a different message opens instead, so if a user doesn’t notice this fact, they might end up replying to the wrong person.

A fix is also being rolled out for this, but it appears to occur when you quick tap on a message before the Messaging app is fully loaded. For now, Kralevich recommends waiting for all the elements of the Messaging app to load before you start clicking on anything to avoid this.

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