Android Jelly Bean 4.2 glitch dumps December dates from contacts app


A software glitch identified in Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) new Android Jelly Bean 4.2 has deleted the month of December from the mobile operating system's native People app, which stores contact information like friends' birthdays.

An Android user first reported the issue via the Google Project Hosting site late last week, writing "Today I was inserting [the] birthday of a friend in my contact list so that I can sync the birthdays in my calendar. I noticed that the December month is missing. When I pressed new event, the calendar came but it was not having the option for the month December. I'm using Galaxy Nexus running on 4.2 Jelly Bean." Dozens of other Android owners have since corroborated the original bug report, with screen shots also documenting December's omission from the People app calendar.

TechCrunch reports the glitch does not affect Google Calendar in Android Jelly Bean 4.2, meaning consumers can still input forthcoming appointments and other scheduling updates. The Google Project Hosting site indicates Google is investigating the issue, although the company has not yet issued a formal statement on the matter.  

Google unveiled Android 4.2 late last month. The revamped OS powers new devices including LG Electronics' Nexus 4 smartphone and Samsung Electronics' Nexus 10 tablet and brings the new Photo Sphere camera, which enables users to capture 360-degree panoramic images they can share via the Google+ social platform or upload to Google Maps; Gesture Typing, a Swype-like text input tool enabling users to drag their finger across the screen from letter to letter; and Miracast, which brings wireless media sharing capabilities similar to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Airplay.

Android 4.2 also delivers new support for multiple tablet users. Each individual within a family or staff can customize his own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games. Android multitasking simplifies toggling between users, without requiring logins or logouts. Google also promises faster, more precise mobile search results, more fluid graphics and screen transitions and more responsive touch interactions, automatically boosting the device's CPU when the user touches the device screen and dialing it back down when idle to improve battery life.

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