It’s the kind of problem that could only be discovered by accident. A user of the Google Android phone found that texting the word “reboot” just after starting up the handset caused the phone to reboot. It would appear that the phone interpreted any text entered soon after start up as a command, according to the BBC.
A user known as jdhorvat came across the problem and posted it on Google’s problem recording site.
"I was in the middle of a text conversation with my girl when she asked why I hadn’t responded. I had just rebooted my phone and the first thing I typed was a response to her text which simply stated "Reboot" – which, to my surprise, rebooted my phone."
Google has already issued a software update for the problem which will automatically install on phones.
"We’ve been notified of this issue and have developed a fix," Google said in a statement. "We’re currently working with our partners to push the fix out."