Android Bluetooth issues are nothing new. Poor optimisation and slow adoption of new standards have often left the Android Bluetooth experience to be buggy and subpar. However, the recent "Phantom Call" bug that has been plaguing users recently may have been caused by Skype Lite, as opposed to being a result of an error from Google's side.
For those of you who are unaware, many users have been having issues with phantom calls when connected via Bluetooth on Android devices. After a recent update, some users reported their phones would spontaneously switch to a phone call when connecting to Bluetooth and refuse to play media via Bluetooth, despite a lack of any call in progress. A Google issue tracker thread was started in late October to follow the bug hunt. Android Police have reported that the issue was caused by Skype Lite, and removing the application solves the problem.
Android Police reported further that even removing all of Skype Lite's application permissions did not prevent it from taking over audio focus with the phantom call. For the time being, you can switch to regular Skype, which does not have this issue. A few people claim they've seen this bug and don't have Skype Lite, but we've got enough confirmations now to say this is probably the issue for most users. There may be some other apps doing the same thing Skype was doing, so if you find one, be sure to tell us in the comments or post it over in our forums.
What do you guys think? Have you been affected by this issue? Are you happy to finally see a resolution to this persistent bug? Let us know in the comments, or post over on the forums with your thoughts.