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Google averts Mayan calendar prediction?

  • Posted by Tony Poulos
  • November 20, 2012 9:52 AM GMT
First it was Apple's iOS missing daylight savings changes in some countries, now it's Android missing a whole month. What is going on?
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Despite rumours that Google has deleted December this year to skirt any possibility of the Mayan calendar predictions actually happening, I can confirm it was just a software bug.

Mind you, not everyone was aware of this monumental feat, only a selected few Android 4.2 ‘Jelly Bean’ users found it impossible to set any of their contact’s birthdays in the People app for December because it just wasn’t there. November was clearly visible, as was January, but what must surely be the favourite month of the year was missing in action.

As Android 4.2 is only found on a handful of devices at this point, including Google’s Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus handsets, as well as the Nexus 7 tablet, not that many were affected, or even noticed. For Google, the fact that it happened on its flagship models could be little embarrassing. Conspiracy theorists will be out if force, no doubt. Perhaps one of the app programmers figured that if December didn’t happen the predictions of worldwide annihilation on December 21 would be avoided and he would be a hero.

Whatever the case, we can all relax knowing that upgrade 4.2.1 will have the situation remedied. Presumably, it will be released before December 21!