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  • Instagram Alpha crashes on GIF search for "developers" in Stories

    Date: 19 Jul 2018
    Author: Alexey S

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    Instagram Beta & Alpha Report

    Google Pixel XL 2, Android 8.1.0; Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Android 6.0.1

    I found a rare bug which I would like to report to Instagram dev. For those who interested - please check how to fill a proper bug report 📲


    Google Pixel XL2, Android 8.1, Fast Wi-Fi network.


    Instagram Alpha

    Steps to reproduce:

    • Open stories > take a picture
    • Tap on the stickers button > select GIF option
    • Type "developers" in the search box

    Actual result:

    App crashes with


    AndroidRuntime: java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke interface method 'java.util.Iterator java.util.List.iterator()' on a null object reference

    Looks like the app receives a rare (unique) response from the gif provider which was not handled properly by the app.

    Expected result:

    The list of GIFs for "developers" query is shown. The app should have a default fallback in the API handler for such cases.

    Please see screenshots and video attached.

    Did anybody find any other search queries which crashed the app?

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