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Gmail problem affecting Android devices, fix promised

Under: Android OS Apps, Apps
Date: March 23rd, 2012

The smartphones that many of us now own play an important in our busy life’s and allow us to keep up with everything while on the move. It’s when things sometimes go wrong we realize how much we rely on services, and today we have news of a Gmail problem affecting Android devices with a fix promised.

It is being reported by PC Pro that many Android smartphones have been experiencing issues with the Gmail service that is making it unusable, and is also hanging handsets. Google quickly promised a fix was on route, but the problem is pretty strange as it makes devices flicker like a strobe light.

This problem seems to be only affecting some users and is also only hitting certain accounts, as reports are suggesting that one handset may have the issue, but others work fine. Many users have taken to the Android forums to report the issue that first appears when trying to first sign into the email system.

Users have reported that the handset has to be restarted once the problem has hit, and it seems a variety of different handsets are affected, which suggests the problem is with Google’s servers instead of the operating systems on the handsets themselves.

Google promised a fix was on route and some users have since posted that the problem was now fixed. We tested one of our own Android handsets and had no issues logging into a Gmail account via the installed application.

It also seems the problem was affecting handsets running stock Android and those that have been rooted, and hopefully Google has now fixed the issue. The problem was first reported a few hours ago and it seems Google may have got on top of it pretty quick.

Did you have any problems logging into Gmail on your Android device?

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  • 324hastings

    Still having issues with mine and so is my husband. And this is @ 9am ET

  • Martin

    Still having problems with my HTC EVO 4G (Sprint) @ 8:15 CST.  A recommendation that works – use the default mail and setup an imap gmail account – the problem is localized to the gmail app – not the mail app.  This worked for me – its a temp fix while waiting for Google.

  • B Corbalis

    This started on my HTC Thunderbolt last night. I have rebooted, cleared the cache, removed and reinstalled the battery. Nothing helps. When I launch the gmail app the screen blinks and flickers. At it’s worst it keeps relaunching gmail, so I can’t do anything else with the phone either.

  • spac

    Same issue on my lg :(

  • Mark E Evans94

    it’s not fixed yet… samsung galaxy… flickering until dead.  what is really aggravating is there is no way to uninstall the application…

  • end6465

    Í’m in Vnezuela and I have same problem, my Samsung Galaxi is Flickering, and I can’t uninstall the application. It’s not fixed yet.

  • Iwannamove

    I am having this problem since today morning (2012.03.23); cannot use GMail, actually, I would even say, cannot use my phone normally. My Nexus S (I9020AUCKF1) is not “rooted”. Android 2.3.6 

  • James Wead

    HTC Sensation – still flickering and strobing

    • James Wead

      went temp with IMAP mail. Workable till Google gets their act straight.

  • Ghorton21

    Not fix yet Droid x

  • Henk Verbunt

    I live in the Netherlands and am using a HTC Desire HD. As from this morning I’m having problems. When I launch Gmail it opens the inbox, but it starts to flicker, not as a strobe but like the inbox is constantly reloading, shifting, reloading etc. I’ve tried everything, nothing works. I can’t end Gmail with the Back-button, only the Home button works and then I quickly have to stop the application with the Settings, Applications menu. I hope Gmail will patch a fix soon…

  • Victor Wiaderny

    same here, galaxy s2, northern ireland

  • Jeff Hulsey

    This has not been fixed, as of 4:11pm US Eastern time.

  • Dedcert

    I have found the same problem on my tablet,Asus Transformer Prime, but only when I have the GMail widget installed on my homescreen. No fix for me as yet tho’.

  • Djameleigh

    I have the same problem… i am so damn frustrated that i rebooted mine couple of times because when i tried to access the android market it won’t let me log on to my gmail account!

  • Amy Ginge94

    My brother has locked my fone, it is a samsung galaxy ace, it is telling me to type in my user name and password which i have done, i have reset my password on the laptop and hoping it would work on my fone but it has not, WHAT DO I DO????????

  • Jyssicarae

    I got a new phone and I keep typing in my gmail and it wont work!!! Helpp

  • Shawnember4450

    I can access my gmail account through the web browser, but not able to access using the mail app.

  • Shawnember4450

    phone HTC android, rooted, 2 years old. battery swelled up. about to junk it.

  • Sikander Ali

    i am having problem in signing into my google account from my Gnex. i am using Custom Rom

  • Ali Nawaz

    Cant sign installed gmail apk (custom rom) from my htc desire s from the last 3 days

  • Ajay

    Gmail not synchronizing on android phone when connected to 3G thru sim but its working when connected to wifi, this problem is in ETHIOPIA since last 10 days

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