This Android bug has been around since 2010, fix promised

This Android bug has been around since 2010, fix promised
On April 29, 2010, an Android networking issue was submitted to Google by an HTC Desire owner. Here is how he briefly described the glitch: "When connected on WiFi to a network which specifies a domain name, hostnames in that domain do not resolve without appending the domain to the hostname." This was preventing him to access the internet on his smartphone when connected to his university's wireless network.

Believe it or not, this issue has yet to be resolved in Android, even though it has been over two and a half years since it was discovered. Yeah, we know it probably isn't affecting a whole lot of Android users, but still, minor glitches get fixed all the time, and this should have also been taken care of long ago.

It has been confirmed that a fix is going to come eventually, but not until the next major Android version is out. As in the next major Android release after 4.2 Jelly Bean. What took Google so long to resolve it, you ask? Well, here's what a developer had to say on the matter: "Guys, it was a matter of prioritization and resources. We don't have people to put on every requested feature and we certainly were not idle during this time. I apologize it took so long."

So yeah, apparently what some call a software bug, others consider a "requested feature". Has anyone ever had to deal with the aforementioned glitch? Let us know down in the comments!

source: Google via Engadget



1. androidlikeaboss

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

Better late than never

10. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

True. I haven't experienced this, but it is very interesting to read this article because a few years back, my brother was a freshman in college and owned the Samsung Captivate (original Galaxy S series). He could not connect to the school's WiFi ever, so he ended up returning it and getting an iPhone. I never thought much of it. I didn't know why it wouldn't connect, I actually thought it would have had more to do with the college's WiFi than Android. Very interesting.

18. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

oh, NOW we know about this glitch, and i think i have it on my 2 phones, especially after they go to sleep mode, WiFi connection's lost BUT can b received again its a pain having to connect to WiFi over and over again

2. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Yes, I have, in my university and I asked the IT guys about this. They could not do anything about it and verified other students were facing the same problems. IMO, given the popularity of Android handset among younger people, this is a big FAIL. I don't care how difficult it is to get fixed or why Google hasn't prioritized it properly but not being able to connect over Wifi from your smartphone is a bit more than a glitch.

5. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

As a Desire owner I agree!

3. thelegend6657 unregistered

If its apple they will say you are using it wrong

11. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Yeah they would say you don't need a feature like that, like they do with all the other features they don't have.

13. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

LOL...well said

16. nwright94 unregistered

This website is getting worse and worse every day. How hard is it to just stick to what the article is about and not bring up another company? I'm talking about both apple and android fans. You guys are getting sad.

17. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

thank you what ive been trying to say for awhile

4. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

Cool! The Bug, that have millions of smartphones would be fixed in FUTURE releases ^_^

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I don't even know what they're talking about. I've used wifi everywhere including schools with all of my android phones. -the legend6657 If it was Apple, it would be affecting every single iphone 5. Oh wait, that did happen. o_O

7. ODabaja unregistered

Lol how mysterious

8. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Happy thanksgiving day to all of u.. Have a great thanksgiving :)

15. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I am the Pokemon Master!!!!!!!!

9. aquadust

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

this is the most commont excuse I'm hearing from developers at work... it's not a bug, it's a feature, or wrong specification :D ...sure it is honey :D sure

12. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

That's never happened to me when trying to connect to my school's WiFi, even with my HTC Aria I had a while back when it was running Eclair. That's a pretty bad bug though, needs to be fixed.

14. rasinhussy

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

Have had many Android phones and have never ran into this issue. Maybe you're holding it wrong. :)

19. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

if this happened on a iphone it would be over 300 comments with people saying "you're connecting wrong" or something about innovation

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