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Galaxy S3, Note 2 and other TouchWiz devices affected by copy-paste clipboard bug [video]

A TouchWiz copy/paste crash bug affects various Samsung Android devices, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, with the company yet to release a software fix for it.
February 22, 2013
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Looking for a fast way to reboot your Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and other Android Samsung handsets and tablets that have TouchWiz running on top of the Android 3.0-4.1? Just start copying stuff and soon enough your device will crash and reboot.

Apparently this is an issue that affects plenty of Samsung device owners, and according to the video below, posted on YouTube just yesterday, Samsung has been aware of the issue and fixing it since October 22, 2012, or exactly four months ago.

The problem appears to lie with the clipboard that keeps track of your copying commands for later pasting, and the bug is triggered after 20 or so items are saved in it. But then again this is not an exact recipe for “success,” and crashes occur randomly. After all, who keeps tracks on how many items were copied?

Obviously this TouchWiz clipboard bug should be fixed with a software update, not that Samsung has the freedom of releasing such updates whenever they please considering that everything must go through carriers. However, the company was fairly quick to patch those recently discovered Exynos chip vulnerabilities, so one would assume that since late October last year the company would have had time to release an update to fix the problem.

And in case you’re wondering, this appears to be a problem that affects stock Samsung ROMs, so if you happen to be running a custom Android built on your Galaxy smartphone or tablet, a TouchWiz-less one, then chances are you’re not experiencing it.

Has this issue affected your daily activities?