If you’ve been experiencing strange behavior on your Android handset, the culprit could be the official Twitter app.
Recently my podcasts refused to play without a reboot of my phone. The first few times it happened I simply chalked it up to Android and its quirks. But then it became consistent. Not necessarily scheduled, but regular enough to be annoying. I found myself dreading the moment when I would grab my phone to listen to Tech news Today or Security Now and my phone would spit that annoying error at me.
What to look for:
Once I figured that it was a real issue, I started to notice it in other areas; do any of these seem familiar to you?
- YouTube app: “Cannot Play Video”
- Camera app: “Camera Failed”
- Doggcatcher: “Error -17” (or something similar)
- Listen: “unable to play file”
- Pandora: It just sits and spins, no verbose error.
So basically it’s an epic fail of any audio and video. A fix that I figured out that was (arguably) faster than a reboot was to unmount and re-mount the SD card. Something was definitely up. Even worse than the error itself was the fact that the above errors were so numerous and app dependent. Searches online turned up nothing; that’s what this post is for.
On to the solution:
After searching some more a couple of weeks later, I found a lead. A poster somewhere mentioned that uninstalling the Twitter app fixed his issue. I gave the solution a try and luckily didn’t get any issues a few hours later. 12 hours passed, then a day; and no problems! The following day my co-worker complained that his new Driod Charge was not playing any audio. I asked him to unmount/remount his SD card. No luck. Then I asked that he uninstall the twitter app. Once it was uninstalled and the phone was rebooted he could play any audio and Pandora.
I searched some more: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1002069
It’s easier to find the solution when you know what to search for.
Thus far it seems to be related to Samsung phones only. If you have or do not have this issue, please post a comment! I want others to know about this issue and to figure out how to fix this. Besides, tweet deck is better anyway 😉