With all of the hoopla around Apple's line of iPhones, you'd think it would be the number one smartphone in the U.S. That's actually not the case.
Believe it or not, there are more Android users in the country than iPhone users. A recent Statista study showed Android leading the operating system (OS) market with 53.3 percent and Apple's iOS coming in second with 44.9 percent. Shocker!
There are some pretty cool features with Android that iPhone users don't have. One is the fact that you can expand your gadget's memory by adding an SD card. Unfortunately, there are also some problems that come with Android that you won't find in iOS. There was actually a glitch recently discovered that could expose your text messages.
How is this happening?
I'm talking about a bug on Android that users are freaking out about. Android users have been posting horror stories about the flaw on social media sites like Reddit.
What's happening is, an Android user misspelled a website's address when typing it into the search bar on the Google Pixel Launcher. The user tried typing the rock band's site, "the1975.com" but by mistake added an extra period. Instead, they typed, "the1975..com".
To the user's surprise, instead of Google search results, their text messages showed up. Others on Reddit claim the same thing happens when they search for Vizela viagens. One person said the glitch happens by typing anything with more than two letters followed by viagens.
This glitch resembles a feature that's already available from Google. When you ask Google to show your text messages, it shows you a summary screen of texts.
Typically you're required to give Google the proper permissions to show your texts. With this glitch, it doesn't appear to be the case. The texts just show up on command.
Here's an example of what we're talking about:
Image: Example of Android glitch. (Source: 9To5Google)
Why people are freaking out
Now, you might be thinking what's the big deal? So what if I see my text messages, who cares? No one else sees them, right?
Well, not so fast. The fear now is that if your Android gadget is left unattended and Google Assistant is turned on, someone could simply ask it to search for one of the things that activates the glitch.
If so, anyone would be able to read your texts without unlocking your gadget. So far, this is just a proof of concept fear, but it's a legitimate one at that.
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