The Trouble with Android

I really enjoy using the Droid Incredible. Good camera, good for email and text messaging, fun/useful apps. It’s even pretty fast and quite stable. For the most part, I have no complaints. _About the phone_.

Apps on the other hand, that’s a different story.

I’m not going to bash on the Market, since everyone else already does. My biggest gripe is with the apps that are available both on Android and on the iPhone. There are 2 in particular that have been driving me so crazy that I have finally uninstalled them. The Weather Channel app and the Foursquare App.

For whatever reason, both of these have stopped following the rules that I have laid out for them in the app preferences. For TWC app, I asked it, quite politely, not to give me any notifications about **any** weather updates, no matter how severe. I asked because if there is 1 weather update, there are 12 weather updates that all come in within a span of 60 minutes.

But after I disabled that option, I continued to get alerts. 12 per hour in fact. Don’t need. Don’t want. I restarted my phone and I continued to get the updates. I quadruple double checked the preference to ensure that option was solidly off.

The Foursquare App has a similar problem, kind of. First up, it’s very slow to acquire my location most of the time, especially if I’m trying to check-in at a location I’ve not been to before. I say slow, I mean it can take as much as 5 minutes to find me, if it finds me at all. The 2nd problem I have is with the ping feature. I think it’s pretty neat to see my friends that are nearby check-in at their locations throughout the day. Or rather, I thought it was neat, since that feature stopped working about 3 updates ago.

So I uninstalled them both.

It would be nice if app developers that are going to support both Android and IOS would put as much effort into one platform as they do the other. I realize on Android they are trying to support more than 1 device made by more than 1 manufacturer, which I’m sure is part of the problem. But, that’s not _my_ problem.

Hopefully the iPhone on Verizon rumors are true and there will be news about that next month. Until then, I’m going to stick to apps that work 100%.

No need to recommend replacements for either of these apps since the phone has built in weather and I’m going to skip the check-in services until Foursquare works.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

1 comment

  1. Update – The SD card in my phone has been non-operational since before Christmas. Thinking that was the problem, I have reinstalled both of these applications and neither of them are working correctly.

    Still.

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