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Google fix for Android text bug incoming

Google fix for Android text bug incoming

Google has announced that it will soon be issuing a patch for an SMS bug on Android that has been causing messages to be sent to the wrong recipients.

The bug was first discovered in June last year when users started reporting that their text messages had gone to the wrong people. Despite being a well-known problem, Google was unable to do anything about it because it was unable reproduce the fault, which it claimed affected people very rarely at random.

Fortunately, it has finally managed to locate the problem and develop a counter-measure. Android engineer Nik Kralevich told the BBC: "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."

Suffice to say, the damage is already done for some unlucky users.

One user posted on the Google bug forum: "This has happened to me numerous times when I reply to a thread. “I told a co-worker I loved her instead of my boyfriend and some other embarrassing comments”.

The consequences were worse for another, who said: "I was wondering how I inadvertently texted my current girlfriend with a message intended for my ex-girlfriend and now I have no girlfriend."

We are not sure we can quite sympathise with the latter, as whatever he wrote to an ex-girlfriend must have been dump-worthy. But the rest of you, fear not, your text nightmare will soon be over.

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