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

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

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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?

Date: 19 Jul 2018
Author: Alexey S

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