Is your Gmail app flickering or broken? Google’s preparing a fix

March 23, 2012
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Making the rounds as of late is news that Google's Gmail app for Android has developed some sort of nasty bug. Personally I've had zero issues but we are hearing about flickering problems, freezing, and even becoming completely unresponsive. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned issues don't worry, Google is said to be working on a fix or have already put one in place to ease your pain.

According to LifeHacker the issue is pretty widespread although here in the office we have no such complaints. Many users aren't able to get their emails and the app is hanging on the load screen. Most likely if this issue hasn't been resolved Google's working on or tweaking some backend things and everything should be resolved shortly.

Google has acknowledged the bug and are working on a fix according to a few comments in the Google groups blog, but with things running smoothly on our end it must not be too widespread. If you are one of the few experiencing issues don't worry because things should be back on track in no time. For now users can sign in with the stock Email app in Android to get their emails should Gmail start acting up, it just doesn't offer the same feature set.

Let us know if you are experiencing problems, and if or when your Gmail goes back to normal.


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  • Derail Doax

    Yep. I reset my CM7.2 EVO 4G thinking the app got corrupted in some way with the update from 7.1 to 7.2. Now its at it again. My wife isn’t having a problem with her EVO 3D, and no one I know have complained at me, which I know like a dozen Android owners. So it’s not too widespread but its frustrating.

  • Anthony Douglas

    I thought it was a device issue so I performed a hard reset on my Razr Maxx which that still did not fix it so Verizon is sending me a new phone…not sure if Google has relayed this to all the major carriers 

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

       lol uhh

  • http://twitter.com/paapDOTnet paapDOTnet

    Lasted 2 days with my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S2.  It would flicker and eventually lock up the phone.  It seems to have just started working midday today.

  • StevePerryfan

    All of a sudden, last evening, my Gmail keeps spinning and is unresponsive.  I can’t use any of the menu keys.  I have tried taking out the battery, and that doesn’t work.  I have an HTC Evo 4G.. HELP!

  • Z-man

    Having problems with my Droid 4………..screen flickers, is non-responsive to touch or qwerty keyboard entry, completely blacks out then re-appears.

  • HelpfulAdvice

    Try removing 2-step auth and re-applying it. I removed and it didn’t work, then re-activated and its now working

  • Droid Bionic

    Droid Bionic having this issue!@  PAIN IN THE BUTT!@  Come on Google… send the fix.. PLEASE!

  • ticked off

    whats really  strange is that it looks like google has even blocked the recent comments for the app in the market. i originally confirmed the issue by checking there and saw other people having the same issue but now only comments from february are there.

  • Sparkie Arbuckle

    How do infer that the problem is not widespread based on a few people at your office?  Sampling error.

  • Graham

    I’m having problems with my gmail app on my brand new Sony XPERIA S. The problems include flickering display and unable to open emails and not being able to exit the gmail app unless I force close it from settings->applications. I factory reset my phone losing all my data thinking I have picked up a virus/malicious app which did do the trick but now know I needn’t have gone to such extreme measures. I just wish I read your blog earlier. If the problem re-appears I’ll just wait for update and access my email via the web.

  • Shailesh

    I use it on HTC Wildfire S. The app has been working fine for about a year. Since the last coupla days, it hasn’t been syncing the mails.

    To remedy, if I uninstall and try to download again – I am prompted the message that the application is already installed..

    What do you think would be the issue? and what must I do??