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Gmail glitch turns Android handsets into strobe lights


By Stewart Mitchell

Posted on 23 Mar 2012 at 09:09

Android handsets have been hit by a bug that renders Gmail unusable and can hang handsets.

Although the company says the issue should soon be fixed, the bizarre glitch makes handsets flicker like a strobe light.

The issue only affects some users, and is even limited to certain accounts, as reports suggest that one account on a handset might work, while others fail.

Reports on various Android forums highlighted the problem, which starts when users try to log on to the email system, with one user posting a video showing the effects.

When the glitch strikes, it can render the handset unusable until it is restarted.

“This error is sawing through my device's RAM, after only a few moments of the behaviour, going back to the home screen meets with HTC Sense rebooting from a lack of RAM,” posted Nando on the Google code forum.

The issue affects multiple handsets, with forum posters suggesting the problem was actually with Google servers, rather than the handsets' OS.

A Google official posted that a fix was in the works. Some users have already seen the issue resolved, but other Gmail account users are still complaining about the problem.

“Beginning this morning, we've received reports of a bug causing some Gmail users on Android to experience screen flickering when they open the app,” Google staffer Brittaby Bee posted on Google Product Forum.

"We are in the process of fixing it and the issue should be resolved shortly. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

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User comments

Not seein it here...

Not seeing it on my Sensation.

By big_D on 23 Mar 2012

Looks like an Ajax or HTML bug that's causing the page to continually refresh in a loop.

By Grace_Quirrel on 23 Mar 2012


It's annoying that despite there being hundreds of reports of this happening - starting last night - there's no real sense of urgency from Google.

By revbobuk on 23 Mar 2012


I found this problem when i awoke this morning. (HTC desire)

Luckily i had performed a nandroid backup last night, so just restored that and it was OK


By ianjenk247 on 23 Mar 2012


What are you expecting? They said they're working on it - for all you know they have huge numbers of workers on it full time. How can you presume to know whether they're treating it as a priority or not?


By artiss on 23 Mar 2012

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