As handy as smart phones are it really gets old and frustrating when almost everything does shady shit. Everything is fighting for your attention to show you more ads or make you buy shit or just have more ability to track you. This morning I saw a new one to me with a game I had installed some time ago adding screen shots to my gallery. The thing is I haven’t played it in a long time and thought I had actually uninstalled it.
You just have to love the pop ups when you open an app begging you to leave a review in the play store or what ever. Your pop up is intrusive and getting in the way of me doing what I downloaded or possibly purchased your app to do. You don’t really want my review when that happens. The best ones are when the nag screen comes up the first time you even run the app.
Thankfully at least it seems to be less common that it once was but there are still Android apps that needlessly dictated. I prefer using my tablet in landscape mode. It works better for me that way and it is my device. There are a few apps on there that force me to view them in portrait mode. Garmin Connect is one of them. Garmin’s app though I can sort of understand since it shows a lot of data with charts and graphs and such.
There’s not that much that frustrates me more than having to use stupid apps to do things that could just as easily be done through the website. I just spent I don’t know how long messing with a well known pharmacy’s app to get my prescription delivered. First of all their normal website refused to accept my phone number. I really don’t want to have to go to a pharmacy at this point to not put more vulnerable people at risk if I am a asymptomatic carrier of COVID19
Ever since I got an android phone I’ve been on the lookout for a weather app that could do everything I want in one place. I used arcus for a while and that was pretty nice. It was simple but was missing some stuff I’d like for it to have and now seeing they’re shutting down darksky, the source of their data I’m glad I moved a way from that a while back.
Not much is more annoying when I’m googling something and see a pop up about installing an app. No thank you. I’d prefer to view the information my way with my text size and colors. I don’t want microscopic black text on a white back round with mostly white space. not to mention half of what’s actually available one the website to make room for the ads. There’s also the likeliness that the app is running all the time tracking me or possibly listening to me.
So after who knows how long my old Samsung tablet seemed to be acting up and Molly’s just went into a boot loop so I figured it was time to upgrade anyways. I would have liked another Samsung but I didn’t like the ones I could check out and they were pricier than I wanted it to be. I also didn’t need or want a pen. I don’t care about it having a camera either, my phone does a fine job at that and it’s much handier.
One of my biggest frustrations with android devices is that the manufacture supports the security updates and that just typically doesn’t happen. It’s the culture of technology now. Push it out now then artificially obsolete it. People eat that shit up and so many want to just go buy the latest and greatest. I, on the other hand prefer to keep using something as long as it works well enough for my needs.
I love my android devices for the fact that I can take them anywhere but I feel that accessibility is lacking. Too many websites push apps on you but the app will have tiny to microscopic text even on a tablet screen with no way to maybe increase the text size. It’s a real shame that no on seems to take this into account. They just care about pushing “pretty” apps that half the time don’t work properly to begin with.