TFG1MIKE 365 – 2019 Day 29
Google’s Android Update for January 2019
THEY BURNT THE PIE!!! Image grabbed from Jeff Springer’s Video.
Hello all and welcome to a NEW Daily Blog series from me… TFG1Mike! The idea here is for me to write something, anything, once a day for 365 days. From January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. In my 29th entry, I’ll be talking about the latest Android update.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is NOT A REVIEW. It is just my opinion on the new update to Google’s Android. I have linked actual reviews of the UI update. It has been awhile since I talked tech, and I’ve had a Samsung Galaxy S7, and now an S9… in the past two years. They are the first smartphones I’ve had since my iPhone days, back in 2009-2015. So I liked the previous Android update, I think it was called Oreo. However the NEW PIE update, there are so many little things, that just irk the frag outta me! Here’s a LIST of all the devices getting a Pie in the Face! Here’s what the ANDROID site says about the update.
I was perfectly happy with the Oreo operating system. I liked everything about it, and YES I understand that Google wants to evolve their Android systems and all that. For me it’s little things that I’m upset about. Such as moving the clock from the right to the left? What the hell is that all about?
Another thing is all the generic icons for messages, gallery, etc… look more like bad 90s internet pop ups now. The old app badges for them in my mind were sleek, and very modern looking. Now they look like a 2 year old drew and colored them, and I don’t like it at all. The same goes for the phone button. It looks clunky, and strange! Meanwhile all my other downloaded apps, and their icons remain the same as they were. Since upgrading from the Samsung Galaxy S7 to the S9… I love using folders now, and as you can see from the image above, I only need one home screen, because I fit all my other apps in folders.
Another thing that irks me, is the switching between apps screen. This is where you switch between the apps, and I know that sounds dumb… after all everyone already knows this with smartphones. So the Oreo version of Android had it as a portrait slide down and switch. PIE has it as a scroller from left to right, and vice versa. I’m getting used to this new way of switching between the apps I use, but I’m not happy with it. As I’ve said before in other 365 entries, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. And yes I’m sure… if I “jailbreak” my phone, I can go back to Oreo, but I also think that forward progress is needed.
Another part that has been changed is the phone app itself, I mentioned the home screen icon, well… the entire phone app has had an overhaul. As you can see above, I’m getting used to this, but again…. I don’t want my shit changed, because I was already used to what it was. I liked where the keypad, recents, contacts, and places was in Oreo. It was at the top and easier to access for me.
The biggest thing out of the PIE update as far as I can tell, when it was released… is the new gestures feature. I have not tried this, but after watching the video below, I’m not even going to use that feature. I prefer the buttons that are there.
If you use Android, let me know your thoughts on the PIE update, if you have received it. As always let’s start a discussion in the comments below!
Join me tomorrow morning January 30, 2019 as I’ll be writing about keeping up with this writing thing, or it might be something else.