Google ignores Android’s bug that sends SMS messages to random recipients

January 1, 2011 – 8:49 am | by Emile

According to a report from ZDNet blog Hardware 2.0, Google’s Android platform is being plagued by a bug that causes SMS messages to be delivered to the wrong recipient and occurrences appear to be random. What do you think Google would be doing to solve it? nothing. The bug was actually reported about six months in June 2010 and it is still not addressed.

Perhaps the simplest description of the issue comes from the developer who first reported it:

  • Send SMS message to RecipientA.
  • Message appears to be successfully sent to RecipientA.
  • RecipientX receives message.
  • ‘View Message Details’ in RecipientA thread, shows ‘To’ field as being RecipientX’s MSISDN (phone number)

In an on-site poll, Hardware 2.0 also asks readers if they have been affected by this SMS bug. At the time this post was written, 30% of poll-takers indicated that the bug has affected their Android phones at some point. It is a big number for a real annoying problem, who would there text sent to random people?


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