A new bug in the Samsung Messages smartphone application has been reported to be conspicuously sending strings of gallery images to random contacts, with several users having confirmed that this is the case on Reddit.
One user said that his entire photo gallery had been sent to his girlfriend in the middle of the night, without any action on his part. Others have weighed in on the discussion, confirming that it has happened to them too. Notably, the fact that images have been covertly shared is not recorded on the display of the sender’s phone and can only be revealed in the event of the recipient’s feedback.
As there has been no official response from the tech giant so far, it currently remains unclear if the bug is affecting any specific devices or what has to be done to prevent the glitch. Meanwhile, most users who have voiced their complaints are known to be using the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones.
According to affected users, the issue arose following a recent application update from the Galaxy App store, which hints that any device could be affected.
Samsung is reportedly now working on the application Bixby 2.0, which according to Forbes will arrive pre-installed on the upcoming Galaxy Note 9, set to be launched on August 9. Bixby 2.0 is expected to enhance device response time and improve the overall user experience due to its faster natural language processing and upgrade user security.