Is your Gmail for Android flickering? Google has a fix on the way

Daniel Bader

March 23, 2012 4:43 pm

Over the past couple of days, many users running the Gingerbread version of Google’s Gmail app have been reporting an issue where the screen will flicker and not respond to any other input.

Users are reporting this in several official Google user groups, and a company spokeswoman says, “Beginning this morning, we’ve received reports of a bug causing some Gmail users on Android to experience screen flickering when they open the app.  We are in the process of fixing it and the issue should be resolved shortly.  We apologize for any inconvenience.”

A user by the name of Nymo has posted a video of the issue, which seems to be affecting users of multiple manufacturers, OS versions and countries. The problem seems to have its origins behind the scenes on Google’s servers, so a software fix is unlikely.

Are you experiencing this issue? If so, Lifehacker has a workaround for the problem which seems to be working for some users.

Source: Google Groups
Via: Phandroid

  • Azzo

    Nope, but thanks for fixing it for other users.

    • RIM 4 LIFE

      Blackberries DO NOT have this problem. Google makes outdated garbage.

      GO RIM GO!

    • Bobby Beckoner

      Tebow time?

  • Me Ted

    Nope but I am having an issue with our Exchange server on ICS.

  • Tom

    I happen to have 3 different gingerbread devices in front of me and I couldn’t get the bug on any of them. I feel so left out!

    But seriously, they all use the same gmail account so maybe it really is more about the account/server then the OS. (Though I would say that the gmail app shouldn’t do that no matter what the server is doing.)

    • chall2k5

      its all based on which node in the server cluster your account is on

  • Talha Wasti

    Don’t have this issue. But the Gmail app doesn’t wanna push email for some reason anymore. It’s been like this for a couple of months.

  • Derp

    I happen to have a Nexus S, running 2.3.6 and I haven’t had this problem all day :/

  • Domingo

    It started yesterday for me, MY work around was simple. Recovery. Nexus S

  • AllanVS

    Running stock Rogers Raider, and no problems. I will point out, I ha e Google APPS, and a personal domain, instead of Gmail.

  • Brt1011

    Had this problem on my HTC jetstream yesterday. Seems to be working fine now.

  • WhoCares

    Android = buggy OS

    • Yeria

      Glad to know you have no idea what you’re talking about. Thanks for coming out.

  • shaggyskunk

    Hey Rim4life…. How was it when Rim’s entire network crashed… Not too long ago… Enjoying your free “apology” apps???

  • Jay

    Funny I actually had my phone flicker when the keyboard was up during a txt I was sending. The keyboard was flickering like crazy between numbers and letters. At this point glitches are par for the course on my Nexus S.

    • Domingo

      That’s a seperate problem, I’m not sure but I think that’s a Nexus S problem as I’ve had that happen several times.

  • Stuntman

    I don’t have this issue with my Desire Z phone running Gingerbread or my Eee Pad Transformer tablet running ICS.

  • kenypowa

    Had this issue on Amaze 4G w/ custom ROM. The problem is annoying but has disappeared today. Nexus One running CM7 is fine.

  • kimber86

    happened on my htc desire running 2.2

  • Cell Hell

    Awesome! Maybe someday they’ll fix the non-working market on my $600 cutting edge Galaxy Nexus.

    No?

    I do promise this, my next phone will NOT be an Android. Between this and Google’s insane desire to circumvent all privacy they’re losing my business.

    • Domingo

      I have to admit, the apps/devs in the market are really vile. It’s bad enough when a free app wants everything short of your SIN number then you get the ones that are constantly connecting. Then you get the paid ones that not only want way more info than is needed to run the app. THEN you get one of the worst kind when you buy an app with good permissions and they update asking for everything short of your SIN. Real Scummy.

  • Jay

    @ Cell Hell – My Nexus S will be my first and last Android device as well.