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Apple faces legal action over vanishing iMessage texts

App ecosystem drops messages into network void in ‘iOS-only’ assumption

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Apple Inc faces legal action over a bug in its iMessage app that stops messages being delivered to former iPhone users who switched to rival Android-based handsets, it was reported.

Some Android users, whose phone numbers were linked to iMessage through iPhones, are complaining that the flaw, which is thought to be device-based, means that message senders are unaware the message has not been delivered.

The iPhone that sends the message is under the impression that recipients are all using iPhones and uses the Internet for delivery, rather than a mobile carrier network.

The flaw has existed for some time, but the class action suit, brought on Thursday by Samsung handset owner Adrienne Moore in a California court, may force Apple to work on a fix.