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Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking

Posted on February 21st, 2013 at 8:35 by John Sinteur in category: Software -- Write a comment


Users of a variety of Android-based Samsung smartphones are becoming restive at the mobo’s apparent inability to fix a simple bug that has catastrophic consequences.

According to this Samsung forum thread, the copy-paste bug bricks the phone, requiring a factory reset or, if the owner has root access, to empty the contents of /data/clipboard (which is not accessible to ordinary users).

In that post – back in October 2012 – the user believed the bug was random, and on a copy-paste, the phone would return this error:

java.lang.NullPointerException at android.content.ClipboardManager.setPrimaryClip(ClipboardManager.java:146)

Too steal a line from daring fireball, you’d think if anyone would have a Copy function that worked perfectly, it’d be Samsung

  1. If only the OS was open source and let you fix bugs yourself.. Hmm..

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