Android 4.2 People app forgets December exists

If your birthday, anniversary, or another special day falls in December, and your handset is running the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, you'll find that the month of December is missing in the People/ Contacts app. This app comes as a stock application, and is a part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).


Android Police reports that in the People/ Contacts app, Google has forgotten to include December. Google has added only 11 months in the calendar year. After November 2012, comes January 2013.

Android 4.2 on the left omits December

Android 4.2 on the left omits December


Android Police has reported the issue, and Google has acknowledged it.

Android Police states, “After digging through the AOSP source, I think the bug can be likely found in one of these commits, probably in the packages/apps/Contacts/src/com/android/contacts/datepicker/ file - if you spot it, definitely drop a note in the comments. I think it has to do with adjusting for indexes that start with 0 - "off by 1" bugs are quite common.”

This is a rather big problem and from the looks of it, Google should release an update with a fix in the near future.

Google announced Android 4.2 last month, and this version still retains the Jelly Bean branding like Android 4.1. The camera app of Android 4.2 now features the Photo Sphere, which enables users to take high resolution, 360-degree photographs on all axes, giving the pictures a look much like Google Street View. You will instantly be able to share the photograph on whatever medium you desire, including Google Maps, if you want to make the picture public.

The new keyboard, making its debut in Android 4.2, supports gesture-typing. This allows you to type out words without having to tap on the screen, and instead, sliding your finger across the keyboard over letters that are part of the word. This is a lot like the Swype keyboard by Nuance that is commonly found pre-installed on Samsung devices.

Another big feature in the new version is the ability to have multiple profiles for tablets. This allows users to share their tablets without the fear of having their privacy compromised due to another person using the same device. Users can have a separate profile with different accounts, settings, and apps, for different members of the family, for instance. Schools could use the same tablets for different children from different classes.

One more major feature of the latest version of Android is the update to Google Now, a service that Google introduced with the Jelly Bean version (4.1). Google has added more features to Google Now. The service can now alert you of flight and hotel recommendations, as well as about nearby attractions, photo spots, movie times, and concert timings. All this comes thanks to the new Knowledge Graph by Google, which, according to Google, gives you more information on things you didn't even know you were looking for. While looking for websites, the new Knowledge Graph could lead you to more in-depth information on subjects that are closely related to your search.

The update will also add the Miracast functionality to the Android platform. It will allow users to display the content playing on their screens to a TV, DVD Player, or any other device that supports Miracast. A trade name for Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast is an 802.11n compatible network for display-sharing.

Published Date: Nov 19, 2012 12:29 pm | Updated Date: Nov 19, 2012 12:29 pm