In addition to being an Android user, I also use nearly all of Google’s other products, everything from Play Music for media to Google Voice for my main telephone number. However, one thing that I have consistently noticed about Google’s services is that, while in many ways they sync better than any other options, some seemingly simple functions are often missing. Today’s example of such a missing feature can be seen above.
What looks like a regular text message notification is really a duplicate, because I already responded to the text messages in question from Chrome on my computer. This is a common problem with Google Voice, and one that I used to have with Gmail: Notifications don’t sync from the desktop service to Android, meaning that notifications tend to pile up on my LG Nexus 4 if I don’t deal with them on the device. It isn’t a major problem, but it is quite annoying to pick up my Nexus 4 a while after having a long conversation with Google Voice on my desktop, and think that I have missed a massive number of messages.
Obviously, it is easy enough to dismiss the notification, but if I’ve waited long enough I often wonder whether there isn’t a new message in the massive number of supposedly unread tasks. This causes me to open the app and check myself, defeating the purpose of the notification. The constant notification even when there really aren’t any new messages also results in the notification LED pulsing constantly, which makes me tend to ignore it and completely defeats its purpose.
If I thought it was extremely difficult to remove Android notifications as the same messages are read on other devices, then I probably wouldn’t bring this up. However, Gmail used to have the same problem of leaving notifications in the Android notification bar for a time as well, and occasionally still does so. In general, though, the problem has been fixed, and reading the message in Gmail on the desktop causes the notification to disappear. A similar system shouldn’t be hard to implement for Voice, but for some reason Google hasn’t done so yet.
Google is currently working to make their many product offerings, including Android, Gmail, and Voice, work seamlessly together, but to really gain a reputation for seamless transition, it will first have to sort out minor annoyances like this one. A bothersome notification may be a small problem, but it has spawned at least a couple of forum threads, and serves as an example of how Google doesn’t quite have everything working together in harmony quite yet.