Huge Android 4.2 blooper: December left out entirely of the People app

by: Chris SmithNovember 18, 2012

Android 4.2 has been out for a few days (and it’s only available on a handful of Nexus devices) but we wouldn’t be surprised 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 i 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. Either that, or file a motion with the Father Time to have December removed from the calendar altogether.

  • MasterMuffin

    But we can always say “what about Maps?” to iSheep

    • Kurt Andersen

      Apple Maps is great! I never had any problems with it! It is the best thing ever because it is from Apple! I’ll simply buy anything that Apple puts on their store, because they mostly provide quality products that feel premium. Anything that doesn’t have an Apple logo on it simply sucks. Proud to be an iSheep! All my points above are untrue.

      • lilwill

        Isn’t Apple maps is yahoo maps? I heard that Google maps are the best. I could be wrong. Prove me wrong and i will respect you. Thank you for your time.

        • Kurt Andersen

          If you look closely, I was joking.

          • Marvin Nakajima

            Yes, caught that.. :D I guess it just shows how much more over the top you have to be to make people think you are joking.. (e.g. your example was NOT excessive enough. hahaha)

          • Kurt Andersen

            I will try harder next time :)

      • MasterMuffin

        So true!

      • kbloodyk

        I beg to differ!

  • Pffffft who needs December anyways.

    Google will probably fix it within 24 hours

    • Nacos

      I wouldn’t bet on that, body: I don’t know if you (or anybody else here) have noticed, but there is this problem with the Address field under Contacts since ICS, where every subfield of the address field suddenly disappeared. The Street, City, Province/State, Postal/Zip Code and Country, otherwise very important “details”, have all been amalgamated in one field called address. Beginning with ICS if you try to manually fill in any of those fields you’ll be surprised to find out that…there are NO such FIELDS to fill. This seems to be a glitch Google certainly knows about it, yet JB came out with the same problem and they all act as if it just wouldn’t exist. The issue had been reported a whole lot more than one time or 24 hour ago…if you know what I mean, yet nothing happened. Shame!

      • lol if google controlled the church it probably would not exist (which i consider a good thing if it happened, in my opinion) and google can simple update the people app through the play store anyways, not a actual OS update

      • Marvin Nakajima

        I’m curious how iOS handles address not in the U.S. format of street, city, prov/state, postal/zip, country. I for one know that Japan does not follow the same conventions at the very least and I’m sure other countries have their variations. I’m guessing that with Google’s Search strengths consolidating the address into one field is their way of handling the variations of Address data. Google is most likely of the companies to have the tech to parse the string correctly.

        • Kurt Andersen

          Works quite well, actually. Oh wait, I have Google Maps because I’m still on 5.1.1.

          • Marvin Nakajima

            So how does entering foreign addresses work for you?

          • Kurt Andersen

            Works pretty well. Very much expected from Google Maps.

  • mark beckford

    Google fix what!!! First they need to fix Nexus 4 problems.. Let’s see. Heat issues,yellow tint on screen, Glue not drying! WTF… Rattling of the phone, That corning gorilla glass is crap.. Back of the phone Glass is cracking just from being in the pocket… So your fix coming from Google hahahaha what a joke!!!!

  • Nixon

    Still am waiting for some review on Nexus 4’s durability and possibly a drop test to see how stable it is, oh and an update for the overheating… And now you say more software “problems”. Great so far…

    • No! Please not drop tests yet! There aren’t enough Nexus 4 out there to go dropping them! :P

  • Differense

    It’s “mockery” (last paragraph)

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  • Jon

    If this was done on iOS…Tim Cook would of said “Apple believes in simple…so we have streamlined the year. 12 is too many. With one less month, Apple devices will be released faster and more often. Think differently.”

    Then the iSheep respond with thunderous applause.

  • Benedict Tan

    Take that mayans! Now the world can never end!