Google working on fix for “December” bug in Android 4.2

A pretty big oversight was made by the Android QA team, it seems, as the update introduced a glaring omission from the contacts date carousel. Users trying to associate a date with a contact were surprised to find that the month of December was missing. While this isn’t an experience-breaking omission it’s still something that’s so painfully obvious that it infuriates many-a soul (especially if you have a ton of friends whose birthdays occur in December).

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Luckily for us Google is already on the case and is working up a quick fix to get it out to Nexus devices everywhere. Google’s statement even pokes a little fun saying the update would be out in time to make sure you won’t be forgotten by loved ones whenever your birthday or anniversary rolls around. This would indicate that we should see it in a matter of days, and there’s no reason to believe otherwise as we imagine this fix should be fairly straight forward and easy.

This issue didn’t affect the calendar app, mind you — it was only the date selector field in the People app missing the month. We’re not sure how this bug affects contacts who were already in your address book that had a December date under their entry, but if anyone’s entry was wiped out then hopefully this will restore it.

Google still has a host of other issues with Android 4.2, though, including performance issues for many people on the Nexus 7. We hope they’re hard at work on all of that stuff, as well. Chances are we will have to wait for a separate upgrade to iron those issues out, though, so don’t be bummed if all your problems aren’t solved in one fell swoop.

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TAGS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean , Google , Jelly Bean

  • remister

    December is a big issue, my birthday is in December. Google why do you hate me!?
    Also, there are performance issues within Galaxy Nexus. I am not able to pinch to zoom within Gmail still? :(

    • Layman76

      Why is it they can’t update the Gmail app itself to do pinch to zoom? I honestly have no idea.

      • Wesley

        Yeah pretty sucky when the Hotmail app could do it for a long time already.

    • Adam McIntosh

      I am December too, just means I don’t have a birthday and I don’t get older as a result. (That’s how it works right….. right?)

    • Jason Farrell

      Check out JusTunBean’s inverted GAPPS package to get zoomable gmail 4.2, among others… until google releases it.

      And “only” ~600 million people worldwide share a birthday in December :)

      • remister

        The funny thing is I have 4.2 on my Galaxy Nexus GSM phone already.
        I might have to install the update manually over it again.

    • Marsg

      settings–>general settings–>auto-fit messages, (turns on zooming)

  • Alek Tritt

    What’s to work on? Just add in the month…


      It’s gotta be no more than a few lines of code……

      • Alek Tritt


      • ShaunOfTheLive

        A few lines?? It should literally just be the word “December” in an enum!

        • NIGHTSCOUT


  • Brandon V. Fletcher

    what about the other issue (battery drain)?

  • jim

    The world is suppose to end in December and that can’t happen if there is no December. Good work Google you saved the world.

    • Quentyn Kennemer


  • dave0611

    It didn’t affect contacts with a December date already there.



  • pr0xidian

    LOL because LOL. My galaxy note 2 is still on 4.1.0. Can’t wait for 4.1.1 though. :)

    • ShaunOfTheLive

      LOL I’m still on 4.0.3, I win, LOL

      (your comment is bad and you should feel bad)

  • Daniel Flanigan

    4.2 is the buggiest release since 3.0

  • nophables

    I have had nothing but problems with my N4 from the play store. Google Wallet will not start, Navigating into settings brings up a black screen, I’ve tried at least 3 factory resets and it’s not getting better. Not a good device so far… Wallet support claims these are widespread known issues and they are working on them…I was an early adopter on the Nexus S too and I got the same feeling that initial users were just beta testers.

    • RozJC

      Isn’t that always the case? O.o

  • Chris Edwards

    Having no December will save me a ton of money on buying Christmas Presents…more money for me to spend on Android products and gadgets!

  • Wesley

    Google is the Grinch That Stole Christmas… (and expandable storage)

  • Lauren Berns

    Doesn’t affect existing contacts with December dates in them.

  • Lauren Berns

    By the way, I’ve found using g-mail’s contacts interface a great way to work on your existing contacts. Of course, I work at a desktop all day long.