Android SMS bug resolved, Google says

Google has today confirmed a bug that left some text messages inadvertently being sent to the wrong recipient has been corrected on the search giant's Android mobile operating system.

The bug was first reported last week, after a number of concerned Android users suggested Google wasn't paying any attention to the issue because it only affected a limited number of users.

Today however, as spotted by TechCrunch, Google has acknowledged the problem, and says that they've been working hard to develop a fix for the issue. Because the problem occurred very rarely, Google engineers struggled to re-produce the problem, meaning it took longer than normal to find a resolution for the issues.

But now, the company says, they've found a fix for the bug and say that it should be deployed soon.

"Some users have reported that their SMS messages are being delivered to the wrong people," a company representative wrote. "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."

Google also acknowledged a second bug, which occurs when users open the Messages application and select a message too quickly. By selecting a message too early before the app has finished loading, users may find the incorrect SMS message opening, Google says. While Google is now preparing to deploy the fix, for now the best solution is to wait until the Messages app has finished loading.

It's important to note that while Google believes it has solved both bugs in the Android operating system, they will be monitoring the situation closely in case they re-appear or are triggered by other circumstances. "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," the company wrote.

Even though the fix has been announced, Google has not announce a date for when it will be released to the public.

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OMG its just happened to me for the first time. I added someone to my HTC Desire's contacts and sent them a message but it shows as going to two people, and one of them is an ex girlfriend lol

Ive had this phone since May last year and its never happened before

So... this will be released with 3.0? I don't understand how this can be resolved or pushed out since it would technically be a system update... even then how many phone manufacturers will push this update?

I love Android go death but this fragmentation on updates is going to end up killing itself.

Lexcyn said,
So... this will be released with 3.0? I don't understand how this can be resolved or pushed out since it would technically be a system update... even then how many phone manufacturers will push this update?

It is possible to push an update in two ways: via Market, which mostly 2.2/2.3 is doing to core apps (gmail), but the others versions [1.6-2.1] can as well (examples: maps, youtube, market). The other option is through the carriers, which, for a minor change, may require little/no testing and just a quick push of a patch via OTA.

It's possible to get this out is all I'm saying.

cybertimber2008 said,

It is possible to push an update in two ways: via Market, which mostly 2.2/2.3 is doing to core apps (gmail), but the others versions [1.6-2.1] can as well (examples: maps, youtube, market). The other option is through the carriers, which, for a minor change, may require little/no testing and just a quick push of a patch via OTA.

It's possible to get this out is all I'm saying.

I know it's possible to update core system apps but updating a messaging stack is much more than updating the 'messaging' application. I doubt we will see this update on phones any time soon except the official Google one's.

Yea I wonder if Google will basically go to all the mfgs and say you need to deploy a mandatory minor patch with this included ASAP or if we even get it at all. Considering Moto is most likely nearing completion of gingerbread merging for their code.

I was getting text messages from some corporate people about some proposal. I received like 5 of them. Never responded to any of them though. Thought they were some kind of trojan or something. Always deleted them but was real annoying.

Microsoft would still be having email debates as to what color the conference chairs will be to have a meeting to figure out if there was a bug.
Apple would just be telling people you are holding the phone wrong.

Well this bug has been in Android since June 28th 2010 (first mention of it on code.google.com) and was only recently elevated to critical after all the bad press it god.

naap51stang said,
Microsoft would still be having email debates as to what color the conference chairs will be to have a meeting to figure out if there was a bug.
Apple would just be telling people you are holding the phone wrong.

Microsoft is probably the fastest company of the three at resolving bugs.

BoyBoppins said,

Microsoft is probably the fastest company of the three at resolving bugs.

Yep, sure, most of it in the times of IE6... xDD

BoyBoppins said,

Microsoft is probably the fastest company of the three at resolving bugs.

When it comes to the desktop flavors of Windows, you're absolutely right.

naap51stang said,
Microsoft would still be having email debates as to what color the conference chairs will be to have a meeting to figure out if there was a bug.
Where on earth did this analogy come from?

Glad to hear Google is on top of the issue.

And as they said : it wasn't widespread. So much for that FUD about "lots of users having this issue."

recursive said,
Well that was quick, thanks to all the media attention the bug got!

Google doesn't want unwanted PR; think they get enough from privacy issues . Though i've never had any serious core problems with Android - seems a nice platform to use.