I have a Dell Venue 8 tablet with Android 4.4.2. Today the Facebook Messenger application started to crash whenever I try to open it.

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The crash doesn't happen in my phone (a Moto G running Android 4.4.4 and the same version of the FB messenger). From what I understand, libhoudini.so is the ARM emulation layer (this tablet is a x86 device).

No other apps (not even the main Facebook app) seem to present the problem.

I tried cleaning its cache/data and uninstalling/reinstalling it but didn't work. What else besides resetting the device can I try?

  • did you try a force stop and then the clear cache,restart – user285oo6 Aug 20 '14 at 6:25

Well (almost 1 year later), apparently this doesn't happen anymore. I installed Messenger back a while ago and haven't had any crashes.


Try stopping sync with contacts. In Android settings, stop facebook sync with contacts. Messenger was crashing until I disabled sync. I think there's a bug.

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    Care to elaborate? How did you come to this conclusion? Do you mean stop Facebook sync from Settings, or all contact syncing? Why would it help? – onik Aug 20 '14 at 5:28
  • From settings stop fb sync with contacts. Messenger was crashing until I stopped sync. I think there's a bug. – donfoneseo Aug 20 '14 at 5:47

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