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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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In case it helps, here is how I organize my music and audio page: https://goo.gl/photos/uWCwt1XXShJ41scR7 One of the major reasons I can't go back to Apple is because they have nothing even close to as convenient as this. Widgets can be really useful if you use them right.
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Need help with MotoX Android dialer app

I just recently got the MotoX and was excited to get access to the stock Android apps, including the dialer. But now I am very disappointed because the dialer seems devoid of critical features. It might be that I am just not understanding how to use it, but I cannot seem to be able to go into my call history and click on a call and add it as a contact. This was possible in the iPhone and even the Samsung dialer provided this basic feature. Why is this not possible from stock Android?
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Tried to load cyanogenmod onto my Samsung Galaxy S3 using the Mac OSX installer. I can't get past the "we couldn't talk to your device" message even though on the phone it already had the cyanogenmod logo and warned not to turn off the device. Is Galaxy S3 AT&T an unsupported device? Installing cyanogenmod seems insanely difficult.
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Your logs aren't making it to us, which means you have a connectivity issue to us. Leave your office, home or work that you are connecting from, and get to a different internet connection and try again please.
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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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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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Inbox is an optional beta. The Gmail app runs side by side with it perfectly happily and you are in no way shape or form required to use Inbox on any Android version. If you don't like it ( I don't either ), just don't use it / uninstall it. No fuss no muss. It's probably not making it out of private Beta IMO.

In regards to the rest, that's pretty awfully non specific. "It's terrible" is not exactly a reaction anyone can give you advice about helping with.

In regards to Chrome specifically, as a web Dev, sorry friend but you're not making sense. It is, has been, and continues the best rendering fastest JavaScript running most standards compliant browser out there and has features that nothing else can touch. Firefox is simply copy catting Chrome of about two years ago without the V8 JavaScript performance engine plus some theming ( that hardly anyone uses ). So... Yeah. Sorry but have to disagree with that entirely.
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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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Try out one of the best new age bullshit generator!

I had such a good laugh when I tried this out. A computer algorithm will generate spiritual quantum babble to your heart's content. And the sad truth is that you could find all sorts of gullible people that would bite the hook. 
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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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