Smartphone app forgets all December birthdays

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If your birthday is in December, you already have to suffer the indignity of people buying presents late, amalgamating them with Christmas gifts, and wrapping them in festive paper. Now, a flaw in an Android app means that your birthday could be forgotten altogether this year.

The app, designed to manage your contacts, has 'forgotten' the birthdays of everyone in December. So what can you do?

The flaw

The flaw was highlighted by a blog called Android Police, which found that in the 'People' app - designed for storing information about contacts - there's no December. Writer Artem Russakovskii highlighted that the flaw affected Android 4.2. He said: "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 after November. Christmas is ruined. Santa is dead. At least we'll save money on buying presents, right?"

The good news is that it doesn't affect most versions of the Google calendar. It only affects those running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean - which doesn't include all that many people because it only came out in October this year. However, if you have a Nexus 4 smartphone or Nexus 10 tablet, which came out last week, this is the operating system installed automatically.

The fix

If you have this operating system, the experts expect a fix to the flaw soon, so unless you like to plan birthdays a long way in advance, you don't need to do anything just yet. Google admitted that the problem affected some users on Saturday, which means a fix will come swiftly.

Russakovskii said: "My guess is we won't have to wait for Android 4.2.1 for too long now - leaving a bug like that live would make the North Pole population very, very unhappy. And we don't want that, do we? After all, they're the ones buying a whole lot of Nexuses this holiday season."

Digitaltrends blogger Andrew Coutts added: "Google has yet to comment on when a fix is due. But we would guess that an update will arrive before December does."

Of course, of you are affected, then you could always rely on your memory for December birthdays - or perhaps a piece of paper - if you still remember how to use either of those things.

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