So I have been banging my head trying to find out why almost none of my contacts have pictures where they "should" be (i.e. the "data15" column). Finally narrow it down to the fact that only those contacts who have pictures from gmail have their pictures in the "right" place. The contacts imported from Facebook do not have their photos in this column (even though they do have a photo_id). Any idea how to get the thumbnail for a given contact, no matter where that contact was imported from? Tomorrow I am going to comb through the Android source code, but was hoping someone might have some pointers.