The Android messaging bug we reported on a few weeks ago looks to be finally solved, judging from a tweet from Samsung, informing Nexus S users that the fix for the SMS bug will be released in a few days. In related Nexus news, a writer from Computerworld is reporting that the OTA Gingerbread update for the Nexus One is very close to a release.
It makes sense to me that Google would work on fixing the SMS bug on their latest version of Android first. Assuming the fix does in fact work, I'd expect it to be released to the carriers and manufacturers shortly, who will then be responsible for getting the update out to their customers' handsets. Unfortunately, there is no telling how long it will take to get to each handset, or even if it will get to each handset
Below is the tweet from GalaxySsupport:
#NexusS owners! OTA update coming over the next few days. It will prevent an SMS from being sent to the wrong contact.
The Computerworld article about the Nexus One Gingerbread update mentions that a member of the Android team informed him that work on the update was going as planned and that Nexus One users can expect the update to go live "soon." The article even goes so far as to make the prediction that it will arrive 'any day now."
Just yesterday I noted in my previous story about the Nexus One Gingerbread update that four weeks is quite a stretch of the imagination when guessing how long it would take Google to release the update.
What doesn't add up about the Nexus One update is that Computerworld writes that their source informed them that "there have been no unexpected hurdles and that the rollout should be starting soon."
No problems? How can that be? We've heard reports about Nexus S handsets performing frequent unprompted reboots, which seems to be a software problem, probably stemming from Android Gingerbread itself. In addition, there is the SMS bug fix, which is getting released first for the Gingerbread build and is not even out yet. How can they say that there have been no unexpected hurdles when you take into account these two occurances?
In my opinion, it will be at least another week or two before Google manages to get the update released. It seems likely that they will want to incorporate both of those fixes into the Nexus One update so as to prevent two or three updates to fix each issue separately.
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