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Need to find a Diesel gas station? Don't count on +Google Maps totally useless for that. 
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Good bye Android, I am done with crappy Google phones

My MotoX Next Gen finally died after 9 months of use. What a piece of garbage. I hate this phone for the simple reason that it costs $300 to replace a screen. But here is a real list of reasons I just purchased an iPhone. 

1) Every time I get into my car, when my phone connects to the car bluetooth, it fucking plays my main ring tone. It just decides to play the default Android player. I am sick and tired of this crap, three releases, and this is still not fixed. 

2) iPhone ALWAYS shows the song title for whatever is playing, no matter which app is playing. Not a single one of my Android phones can do that, even though Android is now 5 versions old. 

3) Address book synch doesn't work, period. Screw you Google for never fixing this, you lost me as a customer. You're obviously too busy trying to make money to care to make good products. So all my contacts always end up left on the phone and I can't recuperate them. That by itself is a good enough reason to go back to Apple. 

4) Lollipop upgrade got rid of the group feature in contacts. Screw you, Google for removing this, I used this all the time. 

5) Stop putting my 30K Google plus followers in my address book. And while I am at it, why the heck do you force all your users to use Google Plus? What a joke. 

6) For a search company, your contact search is pathetic, what a joke. I type in "Mike" and I get contacts that don't even have the word "Mike" in them anywhere. 

7) Who's idea was it to change the synch option on GMail? Wow, horrible. 

8) I am sick and tired of "Contacts" crashing all the time. 

9) Lollipop destroyed the battery usage on my phone. 

10) Yes, lollipop sucks. 
You may – or may not – have heard about Google’s latest mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you are one of the rare birds who has actually used Lollipop you may have experienced a few problems, mainly in the area of the OS containing some major screw-ups. The issues are so bad that the few devices that ship, or can support Lollipop, are almost unusable. Think iOS 8.0.1 with more problems and you are on the right track.
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1) This is your car, not the phone. Works fine in my Hyundai.

2) Works fine for all the music apps I use. What apps are you using that haven't implemented the lock screen display feature? This is app developer laziness, not Android's lack of ability to do so.

3) Make all your contacts Google contacts and they work everywhere no matter what. 1999 called and they want their SIM card syncing back. Seriously get with the millennia.

4) This is probably your phone maker's f up, not Google's. I have no idea I've never used that feature.

5) Seriously? There's a checkbox that turns that off. Try looking through Settings some time.

6) Nope, never had this problem.

7) ... Huh? Gmail uses Push transport. Has for years. This is not a Lollipop feature change. Again, look to your phone manufacturer, not Google. 

8) Phone problem, not Android problem.

9) See #7

10) See #7.

If these are the things you're truly upset about then you do need to go back to Apple because they pander to users who are stuck in the last decade. Have fun paying twice as much as your devices are worth for shit service. Bye!
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Here's a suggestion for +Google Drive , when I save a document from GMail into Google drive, it just disappears never to be found again, getting lost in my files. Please make it appear in the "Recent" list. The fact that it doesn't show up in my "recents" list is a bug. 
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The Firefox Developer Browser
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Fx10 was nearly 30 versions ago. I assume it means something else, but I haven't been following Firefox's development too close lately. it's odd they'd make it so confusing.
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Don't leave Spotify Quite yet

Well, using some nifty node.JS and Socket.IO based migration tool, I managed to move my Spotify Playlists to Google Play All Access. Unfortunately there are still some gaps. It's pretty good and getting better, but for now I am sticking with Spotify.
Google Play Music All Access finally brings streaming music to Google's stable, but it's not really competing with Spotify at this point.
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What tool did you use to migrate your playlists?  That's one of the main things preventing me from moving to Google Music.  
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Thanks for the signature. The cool part about this site is all of the San Mateo County Supervisors get an email for every 5 signatures. Don't forget who is responsible for my involvement here.:)
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OK, this is a major rant, and I am writing this in the hopes that Google sees this, if you love Google products, don't flame me for saying this, I used to love Google products too, but gradually, more and more of them are just getting worse and worse. The new Google mail inbox is terrible. I upgraded to lollipop on my Android, and I hate it, it's also terrible. My wife saw my phone and swore never to upgrade. I was happy with the previous release, but I am not alone in hating lollipop, one star on many reviews. Now Chrome is just getting worse and worse, so I've switched to Firefox, except for when i use Google web pages, which really only work well on Chrome and seem to be incompatible with other browsers. Now to top it off the search engine has changed and the new results are so much worse in relevance, so I am switching to BING, which is amazingly better than Google. Why is this happening? Who runs Google product management? Are you people really that unwilling to listen to customers? It's so sad to see such a great company go down the toilet. Even Google plus was better before they put so many bells and whistles on it, complete with two columns that it makes it unusable to me. So I am here just to post this rant in hopes someone at Google sees this. But they probably won't care since they are convinced they are smarter than everyone else. And as I write this, the text is getting garbled so I can't even read what I wrote. Yikes, terrible quality, such buggy software. What a bummer.
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+Gianmario Scotti yeah, bing sucks! But google is getting just as bad. Not sure what to do for search. I wish google would just get their shit together again.
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Is Android really truly open source?
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I laughed pretty hard at this, but the sad part is that not everyone will understand the issues well enough to understand that they should be laughing. The basic premise of this article is that Google is maintaining an iron grip over Android by ruthlessly putting out a suite of high quality, closed source applications that have lots of neat features, while underhandedly giving away basic versions of these same tools for free and with source code for the entire world to hack on and improve (as many have... and in fact some of the Google apps are definitely no longer considered the best implementation). Yesiree, those Google boys know how to vendor lock-in! :-)
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