Users of a variety of Android-based Samsung smartphones are becoming restive at the mobo’s apparent inability to fix a simple bug that has catastrophic consequences.
According to this Samsung forum thread, the copy-paste bug bricks the phone, requiring a factory reset or, if the owner has root access, to empty the contents of /data/clipboard (which is not accessible to ordinary users).
In that post – back in October 2012 – the user believed the bug was random, and on a copy-paste, the phone would return this error:
java.lang.NullPointerException at android.content.ClipboardManager.setPrimaryClip(ClipboardManager.java:146)
Too steal a line from daring fireball, you’d think if anyone would have a Copy function that worked perfectly, it’d be Samsung