The Nexus line is still one of the few places you can find Android 4.2. The software on most Nexuses has zero interference from carriers and OEMs. That's great for Google as it gets to control the entire software experience. The downside is that there is no one else to point the finger at when something goes wrong. And something is pretty hilariously wrong in the startup wizard on the iPhone – I mean, the Nexus.


Anyone with their language set to Swedish gets the confused system dialog when setting up the device. Even if you don't read Swedish, you can probably pick out the word 'iPhone' right there in the pop up. The text translates (roughly) as:  "WARNING! Any operator data charges may apply. The configuration of the iPhone can require significant network activity." Emphasis mine.

The original Reddit poster is using a Galaxy Nexus, but we confirmed the bug on a Nexus 4 as well. A change has already been made in AOSP that fixes this embarrassing bug. It was added back in November, but the change has not made it into an update for devices as of yet. If you want to see for yourself, you can find the app in /system/app/SetupWizard.apk on Google's phones.

[Reddit, Android Source]

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  • Lemuel Boyce

    That's the fault of the translators


      that guy is going to get fired....if he wasn't a consultant

    • Joseph Cascio

      The translator did it on purpose. I can tell. Just like Disney animators put inappropriate hidden stuff in cartoons.

      • DCMAKER

        lol very funny stuff....i always hated disney but now i hate them all the more

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Who work for Google nonetheless.

  • John Mayson

    Is that coming from the carrier or the phone? Maybe the carrier is confused?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's coming directly from AOSP.

  • Sean Powell

    Waiting for the Apple lawyers to get hold of this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

    Wait...what...how? This doesn't remotely make any sense. I'd like to hear how something like this could have happened.

    • Gloria Tortorella

      It has no sense, it's just a naughty translation matter.

    • esper256

      When you develop software. Pretty much always the team works in English. So you write:

      message.show("Welcome to our app, please take a few minutes to look around");

      Or something similar. Then you have some automated process that looks through all your code, pulls out all translatable strings, packages them into bundles and you ship them off to bilingual people who you pay to translate them. The translators send you back a resource bundle of all the translated strings. You, the developers don't speak these languages so you just plug them into your app and ship it with the understanding that the translations are correct.

      Sometimes they are not correct. I hope this answers your question.

      • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

        Wow. That was an awesome and detailed response. Thanks!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I almost sprayed whatever I was drinking when I saw the screenshot. In disbelief, we tracked it down and indeed found it in the source and then in the commit fixing it from November.


    • CuriousCursor

      Anything funny in the commit message? XD

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Oh well, I guess this is 100% proof that Android is an exact copy of iOS. Time to pack up your bags, Google. This one mistake is the end of it all. GODDAMNIT WHY. WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN? You know what? THIS. THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE END OF THE WORLD FOR ME. *Jumps off cliff*

    • adi19956


    • chandradithya

      Go home random person, You're drunk.

      • RocketScience11

        Come on can't you read? He's the King of the Universe! The FIRST one!


      hahahaha nice. I am sure some apple troll will start using this as You see they did copy hahahaha!....or some bullshit like that

    • afr

      He's The FUK

    • Chicken Little

      I didn't want to be the one to tell you this, but...

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    Perhaps the word iPhone is synonymous with "phone" in Sweden (I have no idea how popular the iPhone is in Sweden)? Some automatic translator could have made this mistake.

    • defred34

      Yes, that is the most plausible reason. Just like how every tablet is an iPad in my household!

      • Justin W

        My niece and nephew call all tablets an iPad, so it works the same way in their household.

    • Freak4Dell

      That's what I'm thinking, or if it was done by a human translator, it was done on purpose.

    • SuperAndroid

      Nah, it's still a difference between iphone and phone in Sweden... even if the iphone is the most popular phone here.

      • Beltet

        But it's common for a regular person(not tech savvy) to call all smartphones for iphone. Especially in stockholm. I think the translator had this problem and don't use the term "smartphone"

        • SuperAndroid

          True, true... Even if most (read all) of my friends see a difference between smartphones and iPhones (even the none techy ones), that might be the case in Stockholm. :-)

          • Göran Sävström

            Yeah... I always felt weird about the -08's. Guess now I have one more explanation as to "why" that is...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    The court papers are already on their way...

  • aku

    I can see someone making an "epic fail" image out of this one lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/evulhotdog Brian Davis

      Wont happen because its not in english.

      • Daniel Johansson

        How an "episk fail" picture? :)

        episk = epic in Swedish :)

  • Jei Arc

    Google, use this as an excuse to update all phones to 4.2

    Carriers: What is this update?
    Google: Its nothing just a little update, to correct some minor translation errors.
    Carriers: 200MB??
    Google: there are a lot of minor mistakes :)

  • YodaRocks

    Oops! Didn't copy paste correctly from iOS..... :P

  • http://www.newbestapps.com/ NewBestApps

    I think it was left purposely. This mistake seems so unreal.

  • Daniel Johansson

    That's my friends phone. I took this photo yesterday when we got our phones. :)

    I mean, HOW could this happen..?

  • ins0mn1a

    well maybe they will feel embarrassed enough to push an update asap. and hopefully it will contain fixes to some of the other bugs in 4.2.1 (i mean, they *must* have at least some fixes already, but are not pushing them yet. or am i being unreasonably optimistic?). if that happens, the funny translator will have done us all a favor.

  • ammagad

    The translator wrote the text on an iDevice with autocorrect. In iOS/OSX, the word "phone" is corrected to iPhone. :)

  • Sean

    Machine translated?