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Google Promises Fix For 2.5 Year-Old Android Bug

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Affected users will have to wait until the next major Android version.

Although it's only affected a small percentage of users, Google has promised to deliver a fix for an Android bug that is two and a half years old.

During the April of 2010, an Android bug was discovered that wouldn't allow a device to resolve a hostname to the correct IP address situated on a local domain. While Google initially didn't receive a considerable amount of complaints pertaining to the bug in question, the original filing on Google's Android issue page attracted increased attention as more and more users started to experience the problem.

The search engine giant has, however, finally promised a fix for the bug. That said, those still experiencing the bug will be disappointed to know that the fix won't be released until the next major version of Android arrives.

"The fix for this has gone in thanks to Kevin Tang. It will be available in the next major release," said a Google employee responding to the thread. "Guys, it was a matter of prioritization and resources. We don't have people to put on every requested feature and we certainly were not idle during this time," the employee said on the long wait. "I apologize it took so long. I can't say what the next version will be (neither know it nor can discuss it) but it will be after 4.2, which has already gone out."

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    A Bad Day , November 27, 2012 12:43 AM
    otacon72But if this was an issue with an iPhone you'd be slamming Apple left and right...lmao.


    It wouldn't be an issue because Apple would've never announced it.
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    Anonymous , November 27, 2012 1:51 AM
    If it were Apple, you'd be "resolving it wrong".
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    STravis , November 27, 2012 12:33 AM
    And more importantly it will be fixed on new software so if you have an older device you're probably SOL.
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    A Bad Day , November 27, 2012 12:21 AM
    For some things, you just have to put it on the backburner, or risk getting buried by the small details.
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    STravis , November 27, 2012 12:33 AM
    And more importantly it will be fixed on new software so if you have an older device you're probably SOL.
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    A Bad Day , November 27, 2012 12:43 AM
    otacon72But if this was an issue with an iPhone you'd be slamming Apple left and right...lmao.


    It wouldn't be an issue because Apple would've never announced it.
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    Anonymous , November 27, 2012 1:51 AM
    If it were Apple, you'd be "resolving it wrong".
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    darkavenger123 , November 27, 2012 4:41 AM
    Apple still haven't fix the 'bluetooth can't transfer files' bug for me!!
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    Anonymous , November 27, 2012 9:37 AM
    Seems about right. I got my Android POS about 2 years ago, so in the next 6 months it might actually be usable. Right?
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    sam_p_lay , November 27, 2012 10:24 AM
    Xperia Bad PhoneSeems about right. I got my Android POS about 2 years ago, so in the next 6 months it might actually be usable. Right?


    Only with a custom ROM. If your Xperia is two years old then you're not going to be getting 4.3/5 from Sony!

    While I'd agree that some bugs need to take lower priority, this kind of delay is ridiculous. It's the same problem in Linux and open-source in general - adding features before fixing bugs. New features are selling points and get people's attention. Bug fixes just make the product better quality and nicer to use.
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    in_the_loop , November 27, 2012 1:49 PM
    sam_p_layOnly with a custom ROM. If your Xperia is two years old then you're not going to be getting 4.3/5 from Sony!While I'd agree that some bugs need to take lower priority, this kind of delay is ridiculous. It's the same problem in Linux and open-source in general - adding features before fixing bugs. New features are selling points and get people's attention. Bug fixes just make the product better quality and nicer to use.


    I agree with you (use Linux Mint), although it isn't as bad for many Linux distros compared to other things.
    This is the most irritating thing when it comes to Android apps too.
    Seems like they try the hardest to be on the cuting edge adding feature after features for different apps, bringing in a long never ending list of errors.
    It seems like they just can't be satisfied with just error fixing updates instead of error fixing+new features and errors.
    Prime examples for me are the android Winamp app, google listen (which never got fixed, they just left it in the end. Every listen update was just about new things and it got buggier and buggier), some keyboard apps and so on.
    Good thing that it's possible to freeze apps with Titanium though...
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    Be0wulf22 , November 27, 2012 2:09 PM
    Wow, the boys at android were really on top of this one.
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    ankhnext , November 27, 2012 2:50 PM
    Tom's Hardware became Tom's Software and Mobile!
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    sam_p_lay , November 27, 2012 4:43 PM
    in_the_loopI agree with you (use Linux Mint), although it isn't as bad for many Linux distros compared to other things.


    Mint was the first distribution I ever tried actually, the KDE spin of LM8/9. I was blown away with KDE (and still am!) but really disappointed in all the glitchyness. Even really front-end/non-technical stuff like just changing wallpapers, enabling effects, switching cursor theme (I know that's actually an Ubuntu bug that Mint inherited but still).

    For the least buggy (though still a lot bugger than Windows 7) distribution, I actually get along best with Ubuntu. Maybe because there are so many people working on it. Xubuntu and Kubuntu are awesome if you don't like Unity, or there's Bodhi (a little glitchier, but pretty awesome if you love Enlightenment 17).

    100% with you about bug fixes vs features. I hate that with Adobe too and Creative Suite even though that's as closed-source as it gets! All that money behind it and they still can't get it right. I have a pretty low opinion of Adobe :-) Curious about Titanium - what's that all about?
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    alextheblue , November 28, 2012 2:33 AM
    otacon72But if this was an issue with an iPhone you'd be slamming Apple left and right...lmao.
    I can't stand Apple, but you're essentially right in that there's a gap in the acceptance of Google issues vs. Apple issues. To be fair, Apple brings a lot of that on themselves with their attitude towards such matters, but it still smacks of hypocrisy.
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    sam_p_lay , November 28, 2012 7:23 AM
    I despise Apple but the way that comment ^ got voted down into oblivion just makes Android fans look pathetic and childish. I'd always go with Android (despite the fact that it does have its shortcomings) and wouldn't give Apple a penny of my money, but otacon72's point was valid.
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