Copy-Paste Bug in Samsung Phones Discovered


The recent news surrounding Samsung’s Copy-Paste bug has validated my suffering for the past few months. Apparently, Samsung device owners (like me) have discovered a very frustrating and unacceptable bug in their devices. It was a Samsung Tab 7.7 for my case. When I use the native Samsung TouchWiz copy feature a certain number of times, the phone or tablet will crash. In addition, it was said that the affected devices reportedly require a factory reset in order to perform copy and paste again.

I am not prepared to do this solution as it’s just painful, and unproductive. I will have to re-install the application, not forgetting data that I have painstakingly created in my tablet over the months. Yes, you can restore, but there are risks that backup-restore entails. According to some report, the issue was discovered sometime last year, and apparently doesn’t occur on all devices. The main suspect/culprit would likely be the TouchWiz that came with the Samsung device (mine a tablet). The bug affects Android versions 3.0 to 4.1, so that means Samsung had been dragging its feet and not fixing this for all devices over the past months/year, despite their multiple updates to TouchWiz interface codes.

How was the bug discovered? A user named Veeti Paananen observed that “Samsung devices running TouchWiz and Android 3.0 or higher have a fatal clipboard bug that can cause it to become permanently unusable until a factory reset. It seems to occur randomly. Whenever a user tries to copy something, this error occurs in the system ClipboardManager class: java.lang.NullPointerException at  android.content.ClipboardManager.setPrimaryClip(”

Each time I try to copy/cut, the application (may it be a chrome, or word processor, or note application) that I use will hang, and then crash. I understand that the only fix for this is to perform a factory reset (which may recur again) or to clear the contents of /data/clipboard as a rooted user. I have detailed how I rooted my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 device successfully in my earlier post here: 10 Easy Steps to Root Galaxy Tab 7.7 (P6800)

Gleeful Gleescaper

Gleeful Gleescaper is passionate about technology and shares interesting and useful stuff that come his way daily. He loves to travel to interesting places and keeps himself updated on technology & gadgets. When relaxing, he loves to sip on a freshly brewed cup of Espresso coffee to the tunes of Bossa Nova and easy Jazz.

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