Android 2.2 Droid X Update Causing SMS Bug
Verizon last week released Android 2.2, or Froyo, for the Droid X smartphone through an over-the-air update, but users are complaining that the upgrade caused a messaging bug -- the newest messages no longer automatically top the list -- but Motorola appears to be planning another software patch to resolve the SMS problem. Late last week Droid X owners who received the OTA update began posting messages in the Motorola user forum about the Droid X SMS bug, saying that new messages were no longer being pushed to the top of their messaging list, due to a glitch in the time stamp mechanism. The messages are being incorrectly sorted because the time stamp from the contact history is defaulting to GMT instead of the users' respective time zones, despite the stock text message app displaying the correct time, according to the Motorola forum thread posts.
After users shared some examples with the Motorola forum manager, listed only as Matt, the following post appeared late Friday. "Okay. I have news. I talked to our engineering team and it appears that this will require a software upgrade to correct it. They are already on it and seemed confident that they know the why and the how-to-fix. I don't have any timeline on when an update will be released, but when I know more I will let you know. Sorry for this trouble and thanks for all the good detective work and for reporting it." Droid X users were patiently waiting their turn to join the Froyo club, as the carriers began rolling out updates in August and while some smartphones shipped with the fresh version of the mobile Linux OS.
Sprint in late August updated the HTC Evo 4G with Froyo, and soon after, Verizon followed suit with the original Droid and the Droid Incredible. These three handsets joined the Google-branded Nexus One and Motorola Droid 2, in running Android 2.2. Meanwhile, T-Mobile just opened up pre-orders for the T-Mobile G2, which will go on sale Oct. 6 and ships with Android 2.2. The Samsung Galaxy series of Android handsets and Samsung's own next-gen handset, the Epic 4G, are all slated to be upgraded to Froyo soon. The news of the Droid X Android 2.2 update comes at a time when industry watchers and early adopters are eager to have the latest version of Android, as it includes significant enhancements to the Google-backed mobile OS. Simultaneously, the Android OS is outselling other mobile platforms for the first time since debuting two years ago. Android 2.2 includes more mobile security features, such as support for complex passwords and policies, remote wipe and the ability to remotely lock the device to secure data if the smartphone is lost or stolen. It also includes support for Exchange calendars, Adobe Flash as well as tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, and, overall, performs much faster. The mobile OS also now allows for application storage on external devices and a more fluid mobile app market experience.