Android Jelly Bean users hit by December birthday bug

News 19 Nov, 2012

Coding error prevents device owners adding birthday details for contacts born in December.

The latest release of Google’s Android mobile operating system contains a flaw that stops users adding December birthdays to their contacts.

Android 4.2, the latest iteration of the Jelly Bean OS, does not include the final month of the year as an option for people’s birthdays, anniversaries and other date-related events.

We couldn't believe it, but it's true. Google forgot to include December. January comes straight after November.

The bug was first reported by Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii, after a post on Google+ by an Android 4.2 user flagged the problem.

Russakovskii carried out a number of tests to verify the problem, including comparing a Nexus 7 running on 4.1 to a Nexus 10 running 4.2.

The Android 4.2 version of Jelly Bean was released on 13 November 2012.

“We couldn't believe it either, but it's true. Google forgot to include December. As in, there are 11 months in a year. January [comes straight] after November,” Russakovskii said

The problem has been acknowledged by Google and appears to be limited to the People/Contacts app that comes as standard with Jelly Bean 4.2. It does not affect the calendar app or Google Mail.

However, users have been left frustrated by this oversight, with some claiming to have reverted to the previous release, 4.1.2 in order to sidestep the issue.

Users that continue with version 4.2 will have to wait for the next update to the operating system, 4.2.1, which Russakovskii speculates will be released fairly soon. At the time of publication, Google had given no indication as to when a fix is likely to be issued.