November 19, 2012
Ho, Ho, NO! Android Update Bug Cancels Christmas!
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
The most recent upgrade to Google's Android mobile operating system has launched with a very Scrooge-like bug: the omission of Christmas (and the entire month of December, for that matter) from the platform's built-in People app.
According to Steve Kovach of Business Insider, the new version of the OS, dubbed Jelly Bean, contains a glitch which causes the People application -- which compiles information from the user's calendar and contacts in order to deliver reminders about birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates -- to completely bypass the final 31 days of the year.
"Users attempting to add a friend's birthday using the 'date picker' feature will scroll right from November to January," explains CNET's Steven Musil. "The bug appears contained to the People app and does not affect Android's Calendar app. And on a Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.2, both of whose People apps failed to show November, the utility to set the system date showed December correctly, too."
Google is apparently aware of the goof-up, according to Engadget writer Jon Fingas, the Mountain View, California-based tech giant has not yet announced when the error might be corrected.
More to the point, as Drew Olanoff of TechCrunch so succinctly puts it, "How does something like this make its way into a production environment? I mean, Google is a huge company, and I´m sure that the Android team alone has a massive fleet of QA testers. Are they simply grinches?"
Perhaps Fingas is on the right track. He correctly points out that, because of extended shopping (and, for many of us, working) hours -- not to mention the need to plunk down tons of cash on holiday presents for Mom, Dad, the kids, and even weird old Uncle Stan -- "the month of December can be expensive and stressful."
Google, the CNET writer says (tongue no doubt firmly in cheek), has apparently developed "an app for avoiding it." So maybe this so-called bug isn´t such a bad thing after all?