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Google will deploy fixes for Android SMS bug soon

Occasionally sent texts to the wrong person

Google has confirmed a bug in its Android mobile operating system that is responsible for occasionally sending text messages to the wrong person.

The search engine also said it found a second problem, but will deploy fixes for both soon.

"Some users have reported that their SMS messages are being delivered to the wrong people," Android project member Nick Kralevich said in a comment on a bug report for the issue. "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."

The bug report was filed in June as issue 9392 on Google's Android project pages, but comments on it suddenly proliferated earlier this week.

Some commenters on the forum felt that a just a few people were repeatedly complaining about the bug and accused them of 'trolling', or slamming the forum with repetitive, obnoxious comments.

Google said it will also fix a second issue it discovered, in which, in rare instances, users see a different message in the Messaging application from the one they tried to open.

"We don't believe this issue is affecting many users, but we've developed a fix that we're preparing to deploy," Kralevich said. "Of course, double-checking the displayed message before hitting 'Send' will prevent any messages from being sent to the wrong recipients. We've found in testing this issue, it is more likely to occur if you tap on a message before the Messaging app is fully loaded, so we recommend waiting for all the elements to load before clicking on the message you want to display."

See also: Android browser flaw exposes user data


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