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Mistakes are Only Human, Even at Google

Briley Kenney
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Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, even the smartest individuals out there are capable of making the silliest mistakes. It happens.

For example, yesterday I published an article on the Nexus 4, and in the headline I referred to the phone as the Galaxy Nexus 4.

Google Left Out December in Android 4.2

It was a genuine mistake. I know the difference between the two devices I mixed up, and I know exactly what I did wrong. The Google Nexus 4 by LG is the latest Nexus phone, and I was confusing it with the Samsung Galaxy SIII. For whatever reason, when I wrote the headline my mind had meshed the two phones in my brain. You can tell by the exasperated comments that others clearly realized my mistake and took the opportunity to point it out.

It happens to everyone, and apparently it happens to Google too.

New software is always going to have bugs, issues and mistakes if you will. It’s physically impossible to create something that is flawless, and perfect. The world doesn’t work like that, and humans certainly don’t either. Working long hours at a desk, coding away can get tiring, and I’m willing to bet that it’s remarkably easy to make mistakes.

In the latest version of Android 4.2, the stock People/ Contacts app does not include the month of December. That means, currently there is no way to add in birthdays for any contacts that were born in the month of December. As far as the app is concerned, November is the last month of the year. This bug only occurs in the People/Contacts app, however. Google Calendar is fine, and the month of December still exists.

Whoops, that’s a colossal mistake! Nonetheless, a mistake is a mistake and everyone is apt to make them, including Google developers. Maybe it was their way of brushing aside the Mayan calendar, after all, December 21st, 2012 is this year.

I’m not condoning the mess up, please don’t think that. I’m merely pointing out that everyone is capable of making them. Tech news sites worldwide, including Android fan sites, are bashing Google for this issue. Before everyone jumps on a high horse and starts attacking Google, we all need to sit back and think about how easy it is to make a mistake like this.

If it keeps happening, and there are continuing mistakes like this then, as a community, that’s when we need to make a fuss about it. Until then, let’s assume that Google developers, are only human just like the rest of us.

Google has acknowledged the error in the Android bug tracker, so it’s only a matter of time before the issue is addressed. It looks like update 4.2.1 for Android will be releasing a little sooner than expected now.

Oh well, I forgive you Google. As for these other goons, you’ll have to take it up with them.

What do you think about the mistake Google made? While colossal, it doesn’t profoundly affect anyone. Do you wholeheartedly disagree with me? Then obviously let me know about it in the comments below!

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  • Ben Nov 18, 2012 Link

    Sorry for being rude bro :D

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  • Briley Kenney Nov 18, 2012 Link

    You weren't rude, or at least I didn't think so. If I make a mistake by all means let me know. :)

    I just found myself reading these articles that were bashing Google and I realized how easily I made my mistake. It was a silly one too.

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  • Ibraheem Satti Nov 18, 2012 Link

    we were dicks.. lol.. sorry man

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  • Dvoraak Nov 19, 2012 Link

    I only took the opportunity to bash everything not Samsung ;)

    Maybe I should send an apology to LG.

    "Dear LG.

    I'm sorry you're the runt of the Android litter. Better luck with the Galaxy Nexus 4 (HA!) Maybe nobody will care that you forgot to include LTE and SD capability.

    Sincerely,
    Samsung Pwns"

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  • HendrikJB Nov 19, 2012 Link

    Yeah that`s true AND it is not the END of the WORLD @ All :-)

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  • Briley Kenney Nov 19, 2012 Link

    @Dvoraak When I preached forgiveness, I meant more along the lines of software bugs. Those are mistakes that can be fixed. However, I'm pretty sure these days, not including external media support in a flagship device is inexcusable.

    @HendrikJB Yes huh! Nostradamus and the Mayans say so (sarcasm all the way)! :p

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  • Dvoraak Nov 19, 2012 Link

    @Briley - agreed.

    I was just pointing out that I hadn't bashed your mistake in the article. I just wanted to send an apology to the one's I HAD subtly affronted after that article (apparently too subtly).

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  • Briley Kenney Nov 19, 2012 Link

    Ahh, I see what you did there. ;)

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    Christopher Silva Nov 20, 2012 Link

    I agree, Android is designed and developed by people. Humans not machines, and that is why it is so good. But like anything humans do, we are fallible.

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