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Android Text Messages Intermittently Going Astray 325

Posted by Soulskill
from the digital-foot-in-mouth dept.
theodp writes "Reports from Engadget and others suggest that Tiger Woods and Brett Favre might want to avoid Android for the time being. It seems Android's default text messaging app still has horrible text messaging bugs that can that intermittently send texts to the wrong person. 'This is ticking me off like no other technology glitch that I experienced in recent years,' reads one unhappy camper's post on a lengthy Help Forum thread opened on March 16th. 'If a bank deposited my paycheck into another person's account I wouldn't stress so much cause I can always get the money back. How the hell do you take words back? "Oh sorry boss you had to find out that I think you're an idiot, can I still keep my job, please please please?"' Over at Google Code, Issue 9392 — SMS are intermittently sent to wrong and seemingly random contact — carries a priority of 'Medium,' even though it has 600+ comments and has been starred by 3,600+ people."
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Android Text Messages Intermittently Going Astray

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 01, 2011 @05:09PM (#34732890)
    Actually, if this was MS Outlook there would be a ton of fanbois foaming at the mouth claiming that they're switching to open source (you know, the same ones who claim that they're going to be 100% open source soon after every MS bug is mentioned in a story here). Some would even claim that there should be a class action lawsuit and that they're ready to get the ball rolling on it. Then the fanbois who'd claim that MS just nailed the last nail in their coffin would have to jump in where ever they could find an opening.

    And, of course, a smattering of the normal IE6, MS Bob and throwing chairs memes which are obscenely outdated at this point.

    BTW, where's that fucktard with the thing about throwing chairs will someday break windows in his sig? He's a real clueless git.
  • This bug is bad (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mysidia (191772) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @05:51PM (#34733184)

    But not as bad as the HTC 911 issues [blogspot.com]

    Sending messages to the right contact and making sure 911 calls work are things OS makers should go out of their way to ensure work correctly

    Do mobile vendors QA their products anymore?

  • Re:Google support (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jimicus (737525) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @06:05PM (#34733264)

    Google don't provide the technical support, the handset vendors and operators do. And they're in an industry which typically doesn't provide much in the way of significant software updates once their product is released, preferring to dedicate developer time to working on the Next Big Thing.

    OTOH, Google are quite used to being able to ship beta products and fix them with later updates.

    Put it this way, I've got an Android handset. It's great as far as it goes, but I keep finding irritating bugs which simply shouldn't exist in anything that's production quality. Things like "Address book shows numbers if I scroll through entries and choose the relevant one, but not if I search".

    I need to go back to my operator, but I'm fairly sure they'll reload it with the latest version of the firmware then wash their hands of the matter - if it turns out I've got it set up in such a fashion as to make the bugs come about, I have no doubt that'll be my problem. Bugger the exorbitant cost, my next phone will be an iPhone 4. I'm sure it'll have foibles of its own, but they're unlikely to be in the basic usage.

  • can i get one? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Jaktar (975138) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @06:15PM (#34733346)

    Almost makes me want to buy an iPhone or a Win 7 phone. Actually I don't want (nor do I own) any of these phones. Could someone just make a phone that I can dial numbers on to call someone? Thanks!

  • by bobsszz (1393885) on Saturday January 01, 2011 @06:52PM (#34733576)
    This bug is pretty bad also. Someone should add the link to the original post. When you have 20mb of internal memory left or less, you can't receive any SMS anymore. Also the SMS message is lost forever. Seems there's a duplicate entry: Issue 11045: cannot receive SMS messages when internal memory is low http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=11045 [google.com] Issue 4991: Can not receive SMS when internal memory is low. http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=4991 [google.com]

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