Even though the Inbox app from the makers of Gmail is still by invite only, I have been able to try it out over the past few weeks. Unfortunately my request to Google went unseen. However, I was able to get an invite from someone on G+. It has become one of my favourite new apps this year and far better than the main Gmail one as it only connects to gmail and not my other email accounts.
Currently I have it connected to my pebble to allow notifications although it currently has a major bug that doesn’t allow for deleting emails from the watch. For that I have relied on Awear although I may do away with this due to recent issues (wondering if it is still being developed). I am suspecting that this is so that the google software can scan all your emails to allow for targeted advertising as the delete option isn’t as it is with the gmail app. One way to prevent this may to save your emails on your own personal server and not within the online googlemail account. Something I will be looking into, I seem to have loads of saved emails but refer to very few and I personally don’t wantt to keep them online which may allow snooping.
In regards to app/pebble notifications I have turned off the gmail app notifications and turned on Inbox. This means that the latest version of the Pebble app can be put to use as it allows far more apps (all of the ones on my phone by the looks of it) to give android ware type notifications/connectivity. Thus, Inbox notifications go to the phone but gmail doesn’t. Alas, I can only dismiss the email but if Awear is working then I am able to delete it. The phone doesn’t get touched much when I can do this, which is the idea behind the use of smart watches like pebble.
Inbox is also on my tablet but isn’t used that much due to the effects of the slow loading.
About a month ago saw the arrival over the air of Android Lollipop to my Nexus 7, I have heard alot of good and bad stuff about this, particularly for my device but due to the recent trouble I have had with it, I did the up date anyway. At first the tablet was slow, really slow but I presume that this was due to the new system doing stuff. Now a few weeks later it seems to have a new lease off life. The only trouble seems to be a slowness of loading stuff offer the internet. The only other problem is the gmail app, I have written about this before but I really hate the way that it includes other email accounts on your device and doesn’t allow for different accounts to remain separate from this terrible app. The user in this case MUST be given the option to include other accounts or not. I have since removed all other accounts of the tablet and disabled the gmail app to makes sure. I have tried internet searches to find the solution but all I get is mostly stuff saying how good it is. In its place is Inbox which is much better although the non ability to swipe to delete is a minus. I also don’t like the idea of having multiple accounts on one device as I am a great believer in one device for one person and not shared.
Notifications on the lock screen isn’t a problem as the device is used at home and actually makes it easier with a double press on the screen to get to what I want. The unlocking is also better. Now it appears there is a few new things it can do and over the next week or so I will have finds them. I also need to add a few more other features to get more use out of this device other than controlling chromecast, etc.The way that in use or recently used apps is also much better and its actually easier to remove or close them. I only found this after I had trouble with WordPress and Firefox not loading, starting or running correctly which resulted with a constant attack of ‘this app is not responding messages’.
The look of Lollipop though is somewhat lacking and not to my liking, actually, I think it was done by a 2 year old child who doesn’t have much imagination! Overall, I am starting to really like this update but the email situation really needs to be attended to.
When I first got my hands on a chromecast I thought it was great. Easy to install, worked great. Then 2 weeks ago it all went wrong. I am not sure why but it just would not talk to my phone or tablet, wasn’t happy with the TV either. I had a white flashing light on the thing. I had been having connection issues with the wifi and it for about a week but didn’t think anything of it because my internet had been rubbish for a while (again).
Anyway. I tried to use it on the Saturday morning and nothing. This was followed by 6 to 7 hours of internet searches and trying different thing but nothing worked. The end result is that the thing went back to the shop and I got my money back! Actually, I didn’t get it back. It went towards a nice new toy called Roku. I will give it a couple more weeks before I write something about this.
After this experience I have come to the conclusion that Chromecast was released before certain problems had been fixed. Why do I think this? Simply because other people had been having trouble and with no hardware updates that I could see I was starting to think that Google had stopped caring about this device in favour of Google TV boxes.