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We all know -- and hopefully accept -- that with any new version release of Android, there's bound to be a few little bugs hidden within. While Google will test, test and test again, there's always likely to be something that slips the net, many of which most users never come across. What we find in Android 4.2 however, definitely belongs on some kind of blooper reel. They forgot December. 

Google Calendar is unaffected, so we're all good on that front. But, when adding events to profiles within your People application, there is no option to add dates in December. Loved ones birthdays, Christmas, New Years Eve, all don't exist, at least in this part of Android 4.2 anyway. We've still got a Nexus 7 lying around with Android 4.1.2 on it, and indeed over there all is well. 

If nothing else, it's pretty embarrassing. The issue has been reported to the Android bug tracker, and we can imagine that a fix will be rolled out in the not too distant future.

Source: Android Police

There are 43 comments

silverfang77 says:

OMG! How do you forget an entire month?!

cinnabarcorp says:

The world is going to end in December, there's no need to have it which is why they didn't include it.

Xanth18 says:

There's still 21 days into December before that happens! That's, like, 2/3rds of the month!! :)

Cyber Akuma says:

Tell that to my official Nintendo calendar that has the months of September, October, """Nobember""", and December...

Gator352 says:

Well doesn't that just suck? Considering 4.2 hasn't been pushed out to Sprint's GS3 yet and prolly won't till next year, I'm not to worried. But to all that does have 4.2 and your phone has ommited December, I'll be thinking of you when I'm opening presents :)

loofmodnar says:

It doesn't appear to be affecting everyone. I updated my Galaxy Nexus to 4.2 last week and I see December just fine.

Daf L says:

It's in the contacts app not the calendar app. It's affecting everyone on 4.2.

It's appears to be an array index bug by the sounds of it (array indexes run 0-11 so the last index is total size of array -1). So it sounds something like some difference in coding has December at position 12 while the max index is knocked down to 11. Hence December disappears.

Yonoz says:

Confirmed, the calendar is fine, but the contacts app is buggy on my Nexus 10 too.

So now I have two bugs. Barcelona went to another timezone and nobody can be born in December ;-)

rsanchez1 says:

December is now a leap month. Google forgot to tell everyone.

Now that is funny. I can't imagine how hard it must be to get everything perfect on an entire operating system, especially one as complicated as Android. Its refreshing to see that sometimes, even the big boys and all there programmers, editors and testers screw up big. Makes me feel like I'm not all alone when I make mistakes in business.

rsanchez1 says:

There's nothing refreshing about this. Missing a month, it's just beyond a stupid mistake. There's mistakes, then there's stupid mistakes, then there's this turd.

Touchpaddle says:

No, Google is trying to hide December from us.

No December means no December 21 and the world
won't end!

Google is protecting the planet.

Asterisk says:


kfilipov13 says:

BUT Google is only protecting Android users, does that mean that after December 21 2012, there will be no more iFans? Oh Bless Google!

+1 for Google Fans.
-10 for Apple Fans.

Pandu Dryad says:

So that's the answer.. LOL

Yonoz says:

edit: Daf L is right. It affects everyone, but only the contacts app seems to be affected, not the calendar.

======old msg=========
My Nexus 10 doesn't show this one, but there's Barcelona at timezone GMT-8 instead of GMT+1

Later I discovered there's two cities int he list named Barcelona and one is correct, but that will piss more than one until they notice the second one :-)

bryanlimy says:

I have December on both Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 running 4.2

Daf L says:

It's the events in the contact app not the calendar. Everyone has it. It's not random, it's part of 4.2

ba_hamilton says:

Yaaaaa... No birthday this year.

tdizzel says:

I absolutely hate and despise Christmas, so I pretty happy about this.

PJMAN2952 says:

Why don't you like Christmas?

slider999 says:

Ah alright. When did you join al-Qaeda exactly?

Real professional. Sarcasm duly noted.

Well that is because the world is supposed to end this December. Google knows that. :p

SAVJR says:

Well Played Mayans, Well Played.

PJMAN2952 says:

Some one is getting coals for Christmas.

deltatux says:

Guess I don't get to get wasted on my birthday because it no longer exists now? /FAIL!

rsanchez1 says:

Say that to everyone born on February 29th.

Can anyone point me to where these things get reported? I have a bug to report with the new always-on VPN but I don't know where to report it.

rsanchez1 says:

Looks like someone at Google isn't being invited to the Christmas party...

salr88 says:

How are they suppose to ship my nexus 3 weeks late if that time doesnt exist. Your batting a thousand lately google

aergern says:

@slider999 As a person of Jewish persuasion ... I can say with all honesty that you are a troll. And that I'll have some fried rice on Christmas day and thinking about how you deserve coal in your red sock.

heh. Al Queda indeed. \/\/hatever.

ChromeJob says:

This just proves what I suspected ... 4.2 was not QAed very well. The lagginess and momentary lock ups I'm experiencing indicate a rushed release.

Here's to 4.2.1 coming out very, very soon....! (raises glass)

tigeryee says:

That's why Santa uses an iPhone. He is too old school to be messing around with Android 4.2 devices

Gator352 says:

Santa doesn't use an iphone. Come on. Use some common sense here. Santa most of the time wears glasses and has to use riendeer to navigate around the globe. Not only would apple maps get them seriously lost if he was to use it, Santa can't see that tiny 4" screen effectively. So my guess is that he uses Samsung's Galaxy S III.

DavidJ726 says:

Hey... I'm supposed to get married in December. Now what???

Gator352 says:

You can still get married in December.....2013. :)

Alcarnor14 says:

But there's no December 2013, either. Actually, schedule it on your calendar. You'll just run in to trouble next year when you cannot put your anniversary as an event in the People/Contacts app.

Pandu Dryad says:

So google can also make a mistake huh..?? LOL

Gator352 says:

Nowhere near as bad as Apple's maps fiasco which still isn't fixed.

kumaneko110 says:

well since the world's suppose to end and all... ya know. Google's just that smart about it.

ba_hamilton says:

its been fixed.