Google fixes bug that ate December

A few days ago, a strange issue for devices running on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform was reported. The entire month of December was missing in the People app. Google is in the process of releasing a fix for it by dishing out a minor update in the form of Android 4.2.1 to certain Nexus devices to fix this bug.

As of now several posts on XDA forums suggest that the fix is currently available only for the latest Nexus devices such as the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. However, one should expect other Nexus devices such as the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus to get the update soon enough.

Based on the posts issued by users of the latest Nexus devices, the update is just 1.1MB and the build is dubbed JOP40D. The major feature of this version is that it addresses the December event glitch that had been prevalent in the earlier build of Android 4.2. With this update, all other features remain the same as the previous version.

December coming back on People app

December coming back on People app


A few days back it was reported that Google had promised that a fix would be available soon. In an official post, Google had acknowledged that it discovered a bug in the app update that left out the month of December in the People app. The niggling bug facing users of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean clearly meant that those with birthdays, anniversaries or other important events scheduled for the month would be left in an odd spot.

Google wrote in its post, "We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes it impossible to enter December events in optional fields of the People app (this bug did not affect Calendar). Rest assured, this will be fixed soon so that those of you with December birthdays and anniversaries won't be forgotten by your friends and family."

It appears that Google held on to its promise and issued the update on time. Hopefully, the rollout to other Nexus devices will be dished out soon.

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.

Published Date: Nov 28, 2012 10:02 am | Updated Date: Nov 28, 2012 10:02 am