Google Looks Like Super Grinch by Omitting December from People App
Did Google drop the month of December, 2012 from its People app because it knew the Mayans were right? Was it the Fiscal Cliff personified in software? Is Google trying to outdo the Grinch in stealing all of December instead of just Christmas?You’re a mean one, Mr. Google. You really are a heel. You’re cuddly as a cactus. You’re charming as an eel, Mr. Google. Yes, I know those aren’t the actual words to the song from How the Grinch Stole Christmas as sung by Thurl Ravenscroft. On the other hand, when Theodor Geisel wrote the original words, Google didn’t exist, and he likely never thought that anyone could actually steal Christmas. But someone has. Or more specifically, a giant faceless corporation has disappeared the entire month of December. Fortunately, Google has promised to bring back December, 2012, perhaps by the end of the year. This means that Android 4.2 users who want to book important dates in December using the People app will once again be able to schedule holiday parties, birthdays, anniversaries or even New Year’s Eve parties.
Of course, this isn’t the only really stupid smartphone error that’s cropped up lately. I’m sure you remember the Apple Maps fiasco in which the iOS 6 mapping program dropped the bridge over the Colorado River into the river just below Hoover Dam, or moved the Washington Monument to the banks of the Potomac River. It would seem that if you wanted to go to a friend’s birthday party in December, you’d navigate there using your Android device, but have to look on your iOS device to actually know when and where the party was.