Google's Glitch Sends Text to Wrong Users

By Barbara E. Hernandez
|  Sunday, Jan 9, 2011  |  Updated 3:09 PM EDT
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Google's Glitch Sends Text to Wrong Users

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Google Android phone on display at the Google conference in San Francisco, Thursday, May 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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A glitch on Android phones that causes text messages to be sent to the wrong person will be fixed soon, Google reported on its user forums.

"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," wrote Nick Kralevich, a member of Google's Android Security Team.

The potentially embarrassing bug was initially reported a year ago, but apparently affected so few people it was largely ignored until the fix was announced this week.

Unfortunately, the glitch has already done some damage, as this poster reported.

"Today I sent a text asking about a contract from a potential employer - and it went to my current boss," wrote one user on the forum. "If this hurts my career, I will be looking into legal action."

Although the fix was reported to be deployed, no date was given on when users would receive it. So perhaps until then, Android users should keep texting to a minimum.

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