“The spam push notifications were part of an internal test that didn’t go as planned”
Earlier today, several OnePlus 7 Pro users received two strange push notifications on their device. The notifications came from OnePlus and included symbols and random gibberish. Some of these users took to Twitter to complain and wondered if their phones had been hacked. However, OnePlus quickly made an announcement stating that these push notifications were part of internal test and weren’t supposed to be sent out to the devices.
Tapping on these messages would open up the default browser and try to load a page. Someone on OnePlus’s OxygenOS team goofed and caused a lot of unnecessary panic. The push notifications were part of a software test for the upcoming Android Q update. Unfortunately, there was an error, and these test messages were pushed out to some OnePlus 7 Pro users.
OnePlus apologised for the incident and said the following in a statement:
“We sincerely apologize for the two accidental notification push messages that some OnePlus 7 Pro users received 2 hours ago.
As soon as we noticed the mistake, we performed a round of in-depth investigations with the related teams to identify the cause. The push messages occurred while the OxygenOS team was conducting a software test for the upcoming Android Q system update. Due to an error during the testing process, we accidentally pushed a routine test message to some of our OnePlus 7 Pro OxygenOS users.
The notification push function is designed mainly as a survey tool to help us better understand our users’ feedback and to further improve the user experience, and is based on the Google FCM (Firebase Cloud Messaging) Protocol. Therefore, we want to reassure that this incident does not indicate any risks for your personal data.
We are immediately implementing new processes to ensure this cannot happen again.”
Apparently, the push notification system was designed to get feedback from users and improve user experience. It uses the Google FCM (Firebase Cloud Messaging) protocol and is totally safe. If you received a push notification and are worried that your data is in the wrong hands, then don’t worry. There is no risk to any of your private data, stated OnePlus.