Google fix text message delivery bug

Messages were being sent to the wrong recipients

Google forum users' concerns over mis-sent text messages are put to rest.

A bug in Google's Android operating system that saw text messages being delivered to the wrong recipients has been fixed, according to Google's engineers. Among the many embarassing stories the bug threw up, one user complained that a message they had sent regarding a change of job to a potential employer had gone to her current boss instead.


The problem has apparently been occurring, albeit in very small numbers, since June last year. Google's slow response to the problem is apparently down to its rarity of occurence, which made the bug difficult to recreate at Google HQ.

Speaking on the Google forums, a representative for the company said: "Separately, some users have reported that their SMS messages are being delivered to the wrong people. It took us some time to reproduce the 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."

It's unclear whether this bug was restricted to the US, or whether UK Android users were at risk as well. However, Google have said that they "don't anticipate any persistent problems" but will "continue to investigate in case we come up with additional ways to trigger these bugs".

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