Google Thinks They’ve Squashed SMS Bug

January 5, 2011 - Written By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner

Not trusting your Android phone with your text messages?  A solution may be at hand.  In fact, two solutions for two different problems that caused some phones to send text messages to unintended recipients.

Google just sent out an update on the notorious SMS Bug, saying they think they’ve discovered the issues and have fixes ready to go.  Of course, we won’t be seeing a fix until it’s rolled into a future release of Android.  So like the mathematician who saw the burning house and the fire extinguisher, you too can shout, “Aha!  A solution exists!”

Here’s what Google has to say on the SMS bug:

Comment #1460 on issue 9392 by n…
SMS are intermittently sent to wrong and seemingly random contact.

Thanks to everyone for your patience while we’ve been investigating these reports. As it turns out, we believe there are two distinct situations being discussed on this issue chain. Fortunately, we have fixes for both of them.

When some users tap to open a message in the Messaging application, they’re seeing a different message appear instead. We don’t believe this issue is affecting many users, but we’ve developed a fix that we’re preparing to deploy. 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.

Separately, some users have reported that their SMS messages are being delivered to the wrong people. 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. Thanks again for helping us improve Android.