My problems are because of this version of android, not a Motorola issue. And so far two things that ticked me off a bit with Oreo. #googledevs #google
1. Google no longer provides a link to their Voice Search. So you either have to burn up tons of battery to run “ok Google” ALL the time — or you get to do TWO clicks instead of one, to pull up the voice search.
I know for most people that’s stupid and doesn’t matter. But for me, I think about the person programming it, and I think “what in God’s name would make any programmer decide to make a function that takes one click now take two clicks. And the only answer I have is they’re trying to ‘herd’ users into the OK Google assistant feature. And what if you don’t want it? What if you don’t want your phone always listening for your commands? What if you don’t have the luxury of letting a battery run out because you aren’t in a car, you’re walking and you need to make it home before the battery runs out? So you do everything you possibly can to preserve power. But now, to do a search, you are penalized for that by having to first open the app, find the voice icon, click on that and then get a search function.
It’s no big deal. What ticks me off is it doesn’t make sense to remove the direct link. It wouldn’t have cost them anything to leave a direct link in place on the apps list. It’s basically an FU from google. And I don’t appreciate that kind of programming. Not at all.
2. The “clear all” link for apps only shows up after you CLEAR ALL THE APPS. I’ll admit, this FU made me laugh. I’m going where is the clear all button? I have like twenty apps open. I’m trying long presses on the X. I’m trying to swipe in from the sides. Nothing. So I delete each one individually and there at the bottom of the stack is the “clear all.” And I just cracked up at that point. So kudos for being THAT funny — but minus the kudos and thensome for doing a programmers FU to the user by hiding the clear all button underneath the apps you want to clear.
And that’s about it. I replaced the stock launcher with ADW2 launcher because it’s just better. And installed the icon packs I like. The stock launcher makes the icons SO tiny you can barely see them. But with ADW I can choose how many icons I want in a row and how big they should be.
The good news is the nice time/weather/battery widget still works with the ADW launcher. I like that I can shake the phone to make the camera come on. Or do the chop motion to make the flashlight go on or off. I haven’t initiated Alexa, for the battery reasons I noted before. But I’ll first get an idea of how long it lasts on a charge, and after a few days I’ll try initiating Alexa and see how much more power that takes to have on.
The G6 feels a lot smaller than you would expect from almost a 6″ screen– 5.7″. I guess that’s because of the longer aspect ratio. The camera works pretty good. Or I’m liking it ok so far. Somebody said in a review that the audio was just amazing — because of the Dolby. But I’m not seeing it. The Windows phone has much better audio — and it took quite a bit of tweaking of the dolby controls on the G6 to make the songs even somewhat acceptable for pleasurable listening. So that was kind of a letdown. I guess the person that was wowed by it was coming from a much worse experience.
The entire fingerprint setup thing has me puzzled ……. because you have a fingerprint reader to quickly unlock a phone, but then require a pin to even use the fingerprint reader. Which I’m pretty sure doing a fingerprint read AND a PIN, takes more time than just a PIN. Or just a fingerprint. So I can’t figure that one out.
number 3 … a third thing that’s annoying about Oreo ………… is they removed the “none” option for sign-in. Usually I just put the setting on none, so that when I push the phone button the phone comes on. I don’t need all these fancy entry crap to make me feel the phone is more special than it is, because look at how hard I had to work just to get into it! I don’t NEED that.
So it’s a little F’d up that they took away the “None” function for the lockscreen. So I have to swipe the screen for it to come on. Which again — isn’t a big deal. But it IS. Because it makes no sense to remove the option other than you’re being a dick to those who don’t want to waste time opening a phone.
So after looking at the Oreo edition of Android — I’m really concerned about the level and type of programmers they have making decisions at Google. That doesn’t portent well at all for the company. They are known for ignoring bugs and not dealing with boggy programming, but purposely programming in FU’s is usually not Google’s style. So that has me feeling both angry and depressed tonight.
None of it are game-changers for the phone itself. Overall, it looks like Motorola packed in quite a bit of quality for the economy price tag. And at the same time, they don’t install near as much bogware as Samsung does on my tablet. AND what is installed on the G6 does not have the uninstall or disable button greyed out like most of the Samsung programming does.
It clips along fine without any hanging …… which is what I want. As far as I’m concerned, if you slow responses down even by a microsecond so that you can have mandatory “malware protection” — then you just let the bad guys win. They won. They managed to make things worse for you, by you making them worse for yourself.
I don’t go to porn sites, I don’t click on click-bait sites, and I know how to set a browser to not accept third-party cookies. I would rather be fast than decide slow and boggy is ok because I’m “safe.” It’s not. It’s not ok. They don’t get to win.
So other than a few frustrations because I’m in that kind of mood — and why is that, btw? Christ, it’s one of those days when I’m changing the strap on my grocery carryall, and the old one doesn’t want to come loose and I’m swearing outloud and practically screaming at this thing … because part of me knows nothing —- nothing is going to go right. Part of me feels like there’s a million things getting in my way. That’s what kind of day it feels like.
And while I’m in the grocery store, looking at all these fine Utah red-state people shopping and wandering around in the aisles …. I’m thinking about how the Republicans had a special meeting with the Kremlin, and how it’s very likely that our entire country has been sold down the river now. I think about that, about how far Republicans would go to remain in power indefinitely, as I’m reaching to put the sugar in my cart. I wonder what kind of deals the GOP would make with Russia to get what they want and use the Russians to defeat and destroy all left wing and all democrats. After all, they were desperate enough to put something like the trump family in power. Lord only knows how far that desperation will take them into betrayal. Always expect the worse. Just do.
So that was the happy thoughts I was having as I pushed my cart along looking for the best deal on shredded cheese and grabbing the generic instant coffee with a sigh while I sort of cursed economizing in general and how I feel a little bit smaller every time corners get cut. I thought about the end of all life as we know it, while I walked down the beauty aisle to pick up some of my favorite body spray.
I’ve been using mine up on the ants. They are back this summer, and all over the cat food if I don’t keep her food placemats sprayed with perfume of some kind. Then I have to dump a cat dish crawling with ants into the sink — and it disgusts me in a really strange way. Like I throw the dish so hard into the sink that I almost break it.
I helped serve lunch to the homeless today. And this time I didn’t even see them. Seriously — I didn’t look into a single face. That’s bad, when I think about it. Usually I look and/or smile, and I think I do that because it’s important to be reminded of humanity, and to not see people who are in rough situations as somehow less of being people inside. I have to open up to that, because it’s too easy to gloss over and think every insurmountable problem doesn’t matter because it’s not your personal problem. Because it IS everybody’s problem. And I don’t say that as a bleeding liberal, I say that as a member of a military family that knows you don’t LEAVE MEN BEHIND. All for one and one for all. If they’re hurting, that means I’m hurting. It doesn’t mean I’m more happy because it’s not me, and so I never allow myself to feel that way. I ALWAYS carry the weight. Always. He ain’t heavy — he’s my brother.
I remember listening to that song while at Oxnard College, while working out in the gym and doing leg lifts. Something about pumping iron to it, really drives the message of that song home.
The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where
But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We’ll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
If I’m laden at all
I’m laden with sadness
That everyone’s heart
Isn’t filled with the gladness
Of love for one another
It’s a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there
Why not share
And the load
Doesn’t weigh me down at all
He ain’t heavy he’s my brother
He’s my brother
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother, he ain’t heavy
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
*Songwriters: Bob Russell / Bobby Scott
And anyway ………. yea, the Motorola G6 phone is good. Happy I got it, and it’s kind of nice to have a phone that was just made available 2 months ago and is that much of a new-tech item. Even economy — it’s ok. I usually go for the older flagships, so can have the lower pricing.
This is going to work out fine. The phone. I think the country is screwed and people better hope the Republicans didn’t promise the Russians your first born.
I’m all over the place because I’m tired and have been walking in the heat. I’m going to make some lemonade and take some very large gulps, and all will be good. And I have a new phone to play some games and explore other functions. Life ain’t bad. But I do wish I had grandma here so I could ask her what’s next. Maybe I’ll wake up Alexa and ask her what I should do with my life. To be honest, that scares me. I’d rather not find out what a computer would decide on that.