Sleepy Time Android Bug

Today we released an update for Sleepy Time (Version 2.0.6) which includes a dialog on the first launch of the new version stating the following:

“There is a bug in Android that causes a gap in the audio for users with newer phones. If it doesn’t impact you now, it may in the near future! Google has not responded or fixed the issue yet. Help us let Google know this is important so we can get it fixed before more users are impacted. PLEASE help us by sending a tweet to @AndroidDev and let them know this is a major problem that needs to be addressed.”

This message is related to the issue many users are having with Sleepy Time where there is a brief gap in the looping of the sounds. This is an issue with the Android operating system and we reported the bug ( to Google’s Android team on July 23rd, 2011 and have heard no response. The issue affects many newer phones with dual core processors including the Motorola Droid Bionic, Motorola Droid Razr, Motorla Xoom, and the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).

We have provided example projects illustrating the bug to Google and Motorola and have gotten little helpful feedback. We have gotten hundreds, if not thousands, of emails regarding this problem and have had to issue many refunds for Sleepy Time as a result. Furthermore, we believe this bug not only hurts Sleepy Time, but the greater Android platform. Android is often criticized for its fragmentation, and this is just another example where even the bugs are present on all devices.

So we have been working together with the great development team at Lightning Bug ( to try to draw Google’s attention to this bug. So what we ask is when this message is displayed, PLEASE send the tweet to the AndroidDev account on twitter so they know how many people this bug affects. Also, is you wish to view the bug report (, you could help us by logging in with your Google account and ‘starring’ the bug by clicking on the star in the upper left-hand corner (you WILL then get email updates on the bug). This will also help draw attention to the bug.

Thanks your help and support in making the Android platform even better and your support of Sleepy Time!

Chuck Syperski
CWS Software LLC

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