Feeds

Google GRINCHES have change of heart, bring back Christmas

Android fix restores month of December

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Google has begun rolling out a patch for Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" that fixes a bug that caused the month of December to vanish from the system's built-in People app.

People is the Android contact-management app, first introduced with Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich." In addition to storing the usual names, phone numbers, and addresses, it also includes a basic calendaring function that allows users to assign dates to contacts, such as birthdays and anniversaries.

With the arrival of Android 4.2, however, users began noticing an odd quirk: The People app no longer allowed them to enter any dates in the month of December. In fact, the date picker skipped the month entirely, going straight from November to January.

The bug was first brought to light by Rohit Naik, who posted a screenshot of the offending app to the Android message boards on Google Code.

Fortunately, Jelly Bean hadn't canceled Christmas entirely. Only the People app was affected by the glitch, with the date picker of the main Calendar app still behaving normally. The earlier iteration of Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, wasn't affected, either.

Even luckier still, the only devices currently running Android 4.2 are Nexus devices, including the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones and the Nexus 7 and 10 fondleslabs. Because updates for Nexus kit come direct from the Chocolate Factory, these devices are usually first to receive the latest fixes.

Comparison showing the old and new Android 4.2 People app date pickers

Before and after: In Whoville they say Jelly Bean's small heart grew three sizes this day.

Sure enough, although Google never issued a public statement regarding the calendaring issue, this reporter can confirm that system updates have already arrived for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 devices here at El Reg's San Francisco aerie.

Following the update, devices report their OS as Android version 4.2.1. So far, however, there's no indication that the update brings any other improvements beyond the People app calendar fix. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?