If you use Gmail, you have Google Contacts. Bad luck.
Google Contacts is a dreadful, embarrassingly bad piece of software. An utter shambles.
Last week I wrote Apple’s iTunes for Windows is such a dreadful experience it puts me off buying a computer relying entirely on Apple software. Google Contacts is the same.
No, wait, worse.
Google Contacts appears to record and store random bits of information from every incoming email – I suspect this includes CC addresses. It does something similar with incoming Google+ contacts – many of these are flaky.
Google stirs this foul-smelling data in a huge cauldron adds special sauce and vomits it back.
There are times when I’m reliably informed I know someone I’ve never heard of, or told some small time online crook who keeps trying to make contact may be “important to me”.
One week after an extensive cull, my ‘Other Contacts’ list already includes 820 people – seemingly plucked off the world’s back streets. It is riddled with duplicates – most entries are incomplete. There are misspellings. Contacts is completely worthless. The data is mainly junk.
I’m complaining about it now because, in a moment of weakness, I imported my Google Contacts into the Windows 8 People app. That list went from useful to useless in a matter of seconds, Today is filled with rubbish – many names are written in alien scripts.
Worse than iTunes?
Apple’s saving grace is the native software I use on Macs, iPads and iPhones is good. So I know iTunes for Windows isn’t typical of the company’s output.
On the other hand, Google’s curiously popular Android operating is also a mess. Android is just as shambolic.
You don’t believe me? What Android version are you on? Your friends, colleagues, family members with Android phones will almost certainly be on different versions. Even if you run the same nominal Android version number as someone else it may not look and act the same. Programs that run on your device may not run on your friend’s device.
Android is a mess. Because, at heart, most software from Google that doesn’t involve search is a mess. Shambles runs through the company and its product, like the word Blackpool through a stick of British seaside rock. There’s little quality control. The philosophy is to throw half-finished beta software out into the wild, let it breed or go feral and not take responsibility for the consequences.
Want to argue about this?