It's generally accepted that a smartphone is still a phone, and that it does all the 'phone-y' stuff that we expect of it, like making and receiving calls and sending and receiving SMS messages. Right? Well, not for handsets based on the Android operating system.
Remember that Android SMS bug from earlier this year that would cause SMS messages to be sent to random contacts? The one that was initially marked as 'medium' priority and which had been left to fester for six months before finally being marked as 'critical' and taken seriously? Well, here's another one, again related to SMS messages, and again this one has been left to fester ... for over a year.
The problem is as follows. Android users get a low internal memory notification despite there being plenty of space left on the handset (many megabytes). Following this notification users cannot receive text messages unless they clear out old messages or delete apps.
I'll let those affected have their say:
Nov 22nd, 2009
"Last weekend, some how I got low internal memory notification in top bar. As I checked I have like 8M memory left. After that I tried to send an SMS to myself and got pending in msg report. After I delete some apps to make the low memory notification disappear, I can receive sms again."
Aug 7th, 2010
"I just suffered through the same issue on my nexus one running stock android 2.2. The phone told me a message had been rejected due to low memory. I cleared memory to 64 megs of free space, restarted the phone but the missed message was just gone."
Sept 7th, 2010
"Well I was mystified as to why my €500 smartphone couldn't recieve SMS for about a week, until i stumbled upon this page. For the love of everything holy, please resolve this issue before the next release."
Oct 22nd, 2010
"This is such a BASIC function of cellphones that it is on a level of incompetence by the Android team that it has not been solved yet. This lack of functionality is unacceptable when it has been available on other phones for the past 10 years!"
Nov 15th, 2010
"This is CRITICAL bug. SMS is essential cellphone function."
Dec 31st, 2010
"This happens on my Nexus One when internal space gets around 10mb. It doesnt matter if I have 10 threads or 0 threads it will reject any message until i start removing apps. Pretty stupid considering a text uses almost no memory. Why doesnt it warn you before a message is received so I can make room without missing?"
Jan 20th, 2011
"This is the only bug I have personally experienced on Android and it SUCKS!"
Hey, Google! FIX IT!!!