One user complains of scheduled texts appearing in wrong threads or being sent prematurely, while others say their phones spontaneously sent other people random photos, or, in a few instances, the entire contents of their photo galleries.
Drunk dialing and butt-dialing are bad enough, but what if your phone sent some. compromising photos to your contacts all by itself? There was a record of the message in that person's phone carrier logs, but not within the app. "Why would this happen?" .
Redditors were quick to point out that most affected phones so far seem to be on T-Mobile, which has recently been upgrading users to the Google-backed RCS "advanced messaging".
Samsung has acknowledged the issue in a statement released to USA outlets such as The Washington Post: "We are aware of the reports regarding this matter and our technical teams are looking into it". The carrier told Gizmodo that "it's not a T-mobile issues" and asked users to contact Samsung.
For those of you looking for a workaround while the company tries to fix the problem, your options appear to be going into your device's app settings and revoking "Samsung Messages' ability to access storage". "Concerned customers are encouraged to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG", Samsung said in a statement. This will keep your phone from sending anything stored on it, whether you're looking to do that intentionally or not. The seemingly misbehaving app is the default messaging tool on Samsung's Android devices.
Kind of ridiculous to have to worry about this, but until it's patched you're taking a risk otherwise.