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WhatsApp and Android Devices Crashed Due to a New Message Bug

Another "message bomb" which is causing the messaging platform to crash is more "nefarious, looks too innocent" and does not come with a warning.

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A bug is being forwarded via messages which when tapped, could send not just the WhatsApp Android app crashing but possibly even the entire Android device as well, the media reported.
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A bug is being forwarded via messages which when tapped, could send not just the WhatsApp Android app crashing but possibly even the entire Android device as well, the media reported.

“As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in between spaces. Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app ‘expand’ the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS,” SlashGear reported on Sunday.

Such messages or “message bombs” are not new and not limited to Android. Even iMessage is not immune to bugs that could send the app crashing.

"There seem to be two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded. One involves an ominous black dot that comes with a warning on what will happen if you tap on it which most curious cats will do anyway," the report added.
WhatsApp Crashed due to a message bug, wikimedia commons

“There seem to be two variants of this WhatsApp message being forwarded. One involves an ominous black dot that comes with a warning on what will happen if you tap on it which most curious cats will do anyway,” the report added.

Another “message bomb” which is causing the messaging platform to crash is more “nefarious, looks too innocent” and does not come with a warning.

Also Read: Google Launches Emoji Scavenger Hunt 

The message includes special characters that do not display visibly but are used to change text behaviour.

A superfluous amount of these invisible symbols causes WhatsApp to freeze.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has not commented on the potentially disruptive bug so far. (IANS)

 

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Twitter to Customise Twemojis for Android

This update appears to target users using the Twitter app on Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 7.1 Nougat, tech website Emojipedia reported late on Monday

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Twitter to Customise Twemojis for Android
Twitter to Customise Twemojis for Android. Pixabay

On the issue of missing emoji characters on Twitter, the micro-blogging platform has rolled out updated versions of its Twemoji designs for its Android users.

This update appears to target users using the Twitter app on Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 7.1 Nougat, tech website Emojipedia reported late on Monday.

Over one-third of the users were reported to be still using Android versions dating back to 2014 or earlier leading to the lack of new emoji support.

Twitter to Customise Twemojis for Android
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The emoji implementation has been done using Google-owned “EmojiCompat library” that was created in 2017 to allow apps to support new emojis even on old systems, giving the app developers a choice of not having to choose Google’s own emojis.

“At least 50 per cent of eligible Twitter users should now see this change, with the feature being enabled for more users over the course of this week,” Emojipedia quoted Bryan Haggerty, Twitter Design Lead, as saying.

Also Read: Twitter Rolls Out Account Activity API For All Developers

Users, however, would have an option to choose between the native and Twitter emoji set. This feature was being tested on select users since March before being officially rolled out. (IANS)

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