Google admits Android SMS bug

Google has admitted that there is a bug in the Android operating system which may lead to SMS messages being sent to the wrong person.

Reports of the flaw have been piling up on Google's own forums since January 4th with punters reporting that some text messages are seemingly being sent to random recipients.

In some cases the default SMS software reported that messages had been sent to the wrong person when in fact it had been sent to the right one, causing even more confusion.

Finally today, after more than 1,400 angry comments, Google has piped up saying, "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."

The anonymous insider continues, "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."

Google said it took "some time" reproduce the problem of SMS messages being delivered to the wrong people. "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 Googlebugger said.

There's no indication as to when the fix will be released but Google says it will continue to investigate the flaw in case it can come up with other ways to trigger the bug, which doesn't exactly bode well for a rapid response.