I like my Google Android. Don’t like the little green man that inhabits it. But I do have the option of downloading an app that allows me to play dress-up with him, so the minor disgruntlement might become moot.
But there are things I wish someone had told me when I acquired the phone. Public Service Announcements if you will. So today, I am passing on the garnered wisdom of a single month of use. With luck, I’m also putting a bug into a developer’s ear that will improve life for us all!
Two Exterior Buttons = Kaput
Note the slight extension on the left hand side of the Android depicted above. There is a similar, but slightly smaller extension on the right hand side, slightly higher up than the one on the left. The right hand extension is the power on/off button. The left is a mode button. If the two buttons are pressed at the same time, the phone goes into a crisis mode that delivers code messages and the little green man, but absolutely nothing else. The phone is kaput.
For the first month, this happened to me on a frustratingly regular basis. Because – this is the truly important part – because when I hold the phone in the palm of my hand my thumb naturally sits on the mode button and my pointer finger on the power button. Without intent, when I activated the phone I activated the mode button at the same time wreaking Android havoc. If my fingers were longer, the problem wouldn’t exist! Ergonomics, ergoshomics!
Clearing the browser cache
Some evil tweep mentioned me in tweet. I fell for the ego stroke, and clicked on the URL embedded in the mention. Got Spam. Spam that would not go away, no matter what I pressed. So I had to Google, clearing the Android URL history. What a pain!
You have to use your browser’s tools to clear the history, which means with a Google phone, you have to log in to your account and follow a series of permission steps before you are successful. I suppose the process is to protect me, but please…does it have to be so time consuming and clunky?
You’ve been warned.