Google rolling out fix for Android 4.2 December date picker glitch


Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out its Android 4.2.1 mobile operating system update, which resolves a software glitch that expunged the month of December from the native People app, which stores information like friends' birthdays and other important dates.

Android Central reports that Google began pushing the over-the-air update to LG Electronics' Nexus 4 smartphone and Samsung Electronics' Nexus 10 tablet Tuesday morning. The Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus units are expected to follow soon after. The report adds that the update--which carries the build number JOP40D--does not include any other software improvements or additions.

An Android user first reported the People app December date picker bug via the Google Project Hosting site. Dozens of other Android owners soon corroborated the report, with screen shots also documenting December's omission from the app. "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)," Google said last week. "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."

Google unveiled Android 4.2 late last month. Retaining the same Jelly Bean nickname bestowed on the previous Android 4.1, the revamped OS 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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