Google is now rolling out a fix for the critical Gmail sync bug. Google marked the bug fix as “Future release”, implying that the issue has been now solved and the rollout is awaiting official approval. The update is a server side release so you will not have to do anything to get it. Google is rolling it out in a phased manner to make sure this update does not cause any more issues.
Gmail Sync bug has been affecting a lot of Android users over the last few weeks. A acknowledgement by Google engineers confirmed this a few weeks back. Since then, numerous Gmail users on Android have also reported about the issue affecting them. Users of Nexus devices have been affected more than other users, as is visible from the number of users reporting syncing issues and delayed push notifications. In the Nexus product forums, a lot of users have posted that their Nexus device is not syncing Gmail properly, and that the notifications are massively delayed.
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Gmail Bug Fix Update Rolling Out Now
In a reply to a user with similar issue, Nexus Community Manager Orrin had the following to say:
Hey everyone, thanks again for your patience on this while the team investigated the issue. I’m happy to announce that a fix has started to roll out. This fix requires no action, and will roll out globally over the next week. Please let us know about your experience as this fix is rolling out.
Further elaborating, Orrin has reported that the Gmail sync bug fix is a server side rollout. As such, there won’t be any update; you won’t get any app update or system update. The fix will be rolled out in phases, on an account-by-account basis.
For some additional clarification, the fix will not come through a system update, hence there is no OTA file or anything like that. I know this isn’t ideal for everyone, but the best indicator of when you receive the update is to notice that the issue itself has been resolved. Please continue to report back on this thread over the next few days/week.
Sit back and relax while the bug fix is rolled out to you.