Monday, January 20, 2014

Google has the worst mobile apps

Society as a whole can agree on this, yes?  No customization, no advanced options. It's pretty messed up that I regularly have to resort to third party apps to use fully use Google's services on an OS they manage.  Was writing a post in their Blogger app, which I actually thought better of but what the hell, I decided to give it another whirl. I looked at a notification this app itself was bringing to my attention, and when I returned the post was gone.  Which means they don't autosave, which is admittedly my fault for not knowing that and saving it.  But really, no autosaving?  I know that's not a new concept to Google because the in-browser versions of  products do it near-constantly.  But then again it would require saving locally, which Google seems to hate with a passion, prefering instead for everything to exist in their proprietary cloud.

Maybe Google should stop 'me too!-ing' Facebook and focus on making Android a power OS, which means making everything one can do on a "full" desktop OS possible on your phone.

"Simple things should be simple, complex things should be possible."  That's a quote from Alan Kay, and as an end user it epitomizes what I see as the height of software (or any) design.

Simple things should be simple... - Google's mobile team has nailed this part of the philosophy, with the exception of things like saving files, which they seem to hate with a passion. "No, um, pin it! Star it! Fuck it, they can always just share it to Gmail and download it as an attachment."  But to be fair, very few mobile apps seem to want facilitate saving in a user-specified location, though that could be simply them taking Android's lead.

...complex things should be possible. - And this is where they mess the bed. "Nah, we've already got the most basic functionality working, let's drop this and focus on closing off more parts of Android's source code!"  It would bog down the interface far too much to have an advanced options menu, amirite?

I doubt the people making Google's mobile apps are the same people responsable for Google+ or the closed source creep, but clearly their detriments are starting to outway their benefits. Did I use "detriments" correctly?  You know what I mean.

All right, rant over.


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