Android flaw blocks December dates

Santa Claus Santa Claus may be feeling a little left out by the latest operating system

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A flaw in the latest version of the Android operating system has resulted in the month of December disappearing from an app for storing information about contacts.

The flaw affects the "People app", which is the default app for keeping contact information on Android devices.

The People app calendar goes from November 2012 straight to January 2013.

Android is Google's operating system. Version 4.2 was launched in October 2012.

Other Google calendars are unaffected by the flaw.

Google's Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet, which went on sale in the UK last week, run on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean version of the operating system.

The Nexus 4 was reported to have sold out within an hour of appearing on the Google Play website.

The flaw was reported by an Android news website called Android Police.

"Christmas is ruined. Santa is dead. At least we'll save money on buying presents, right?" wrote Android Police's Artem Russakovskii.

"If you're an early adopter you're affected by it, but they will rush out an update very quickly," said Stuart Miles, editor of technology news and reviews website Pocket-Lint.

"It's quite a small bug. It's the equivalent of spelling something wrong on the front page of a newspaper - it's embarrassing and frustrating but ultimately it's not going to end the world."

Google declined to comment but according to Android Police the issue has been noted by Android developers.

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