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November 19, 2012

Oops! December left out of People app in Android 4.2


Android 4.2 has been out for a few days (and it’s only available on a handful of Nexus devices) but it wouldn't be surprising to hear that no matter how thoroughly it was tested before release, the new software still has some bugs that will most likely be fixed in a future update.

However, the following error is not just a minor bug worth ignoring, it’s a major Android 4.2 blooper that should not happen in the house of Google, or anyone else’s for the matter.

The Android 4.2 People app does not have December included, so you can’t add birthdays for contacts that were born in the last month of the year. And it’s not like it’s lacking just December 2012. There’s no December in the app at all.

Luckily for Google, the error wasn't apparent from Android 4.2 launch day, and it took Nexus owners a few days to find it, so it’s not a major scandal yet. In fact, it’s one of the perks of Android’s fragmentation, as Android 4.2 is yet to make it to the vast majority of Android devices out there.

However, we should expect Google to issue a fix for it as fast as possible, because this kind of oversight opens doors to plenty of attacks from the competition, jokes and mockery.