Google starts fixing Android 'reboot' bug

The first Android phone listens for Linux commands from the keyboard. Typing 'reboot' at any time would in fact reboot the phone.

The T-Mobile G1 midway through an update of the Android operating system.
The T-Mobile G1 midway through an update of the Android operating system. Stephen Shankland/CNET News

Google has begun fixing a bug that would reboot T-Mobile's G1, the first Android-powered phone, any time a user typed the word "reboot."

According to the bug filed about the problem, "It would appear that Android is, at some level, interpreting specific text strings and acting as if they were local commands," according to user called mogphone.

Added another commenter, jdhorvat, "Funny story behind finding this: I was in the middle of a text conversation with my girl when she asked why I hadn't responded. I had just rebooted my phone and the first thing I typed was a response to her text which simply stated 'Reboot'--which, to my surprise, rebooted my phone."

Repairs are under way. "This is already fixed and is going out in the RC30 build which will be pushed to users very soon," added user morrildl.

Indeed, my Android phone got the RC30 patch over the weekend, and the problem doesn't occur. It's not clear what time frame other Android users will receive their patches; there was a multi-day lag between my G1's last update a week ago and the period in which some others got their updates.

Some more details on the problem are described at this Web site.

(Via ZDnet)

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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