Android 4.2 brought a lot of really neat features to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the ASUS Nexus 7, but there’s one very glaring mistake that somehow got past Google’s quality control: December is missing! Outside reports have also verified this issue on the Samsung Nexus 10 and LG Nexus 4.
Granted, this is an isolated problem that only seems to affect the People app – namely, when editing a contact to add an event like a birthday or anniversary, the option to select any date in December is simply not there. It’s important to note that this does not affect the Calendar app, which makes sense: since Google published its Calendar app in the Play Store, updates to it are not dependent on OS updates. (Therefore, those headlines on other sites about Google cancelling Christmas are a little misleading…)
Google is aware of the problem and will most likely fix this issue in its next incremental Android update – probably Android 4.2.1 – but there’s currently no expected timeframe for when we can expect this update to roll out. Google also tends to wait and bundle lots of bug fixes and enhancements all together, rather than sending out updates very frequently to address single issues, so it may be a short while until this is fixed.
In my testing, it’s still possible to add December dates to your contacts through Google’s web interface, and these will show up properly when you view them on a device running Android 4.2. You just can’t add December dates from your device. Oh, well – you win some, you lose some. And in this case, Google lost December.