I have had the worst god damn luck with smart phones.
I resisted them for a long time. I still don’t like them, but I accept that they’re a part of society. I don’t like how everyone’s basically attached at the hip with them, checking them mid conversation as if their twitter feed is more important that what’s going on or whatever it is people are checking at the time. I hate it and I’m throwing myself under the bus here as well, because I do these things too. I constantly check my phone, refreshing my twitter feed or whatever it is I’m reading at the time.
Okay, I might not actually hate how prevalent they are, but as of the time of this writing, I’m in hour 4 of trying to get Google Play Services to update on my phone so I can use the Gmail app or use Youtube and I’m in a shit mood because I don’t understand why updating that app has to be so fucking stressful.
I’m not an idiot… most of the time. Occasionally I slip up and do something incredibly stupid, and that was what brought me to accidentally uninstalling Google Play Services from my phone. In my defense, my phone was utterly full in terms of Internal Storage. I have 2gb of internal storage and a 16gb SD card on deck, but somehow I keep hemorrhaging space on the Internal side of things. So in an effort to keep my phone working, I took to uninstalling apps, and Google Play Services (I’m just going to start typing GPS for short from here on out) was sitting at a whopping 98mb. I never opened the app as far as I knew, and like the other google apps my phone came with that I never used, like news stand or play book, I figured axing it wouldn’t be a problem.
Well, it was a problem and now I’m unable to access a few apps on my phone that needed it to run for whatever reason. What’s pissing me off is that I’m getting an “insufficient storage available” message when I try to update GPS and I know god damn well that I’m rocking more than enough space to put that update on there 5 times over. I hated my old Windows phone with a passion, but it never lied to me like this. It never pretended it had the functionality I was looking for, it just didn’t work well enough and I made peace with it.
Thankfully, I can just search online for super helpful information, like how to clear the cache and uninstalling Google Play Store/rolling it back to it’s previous update. None of that worked, of course, because I guess Android phones vary enough from manufacturer to manufacturer that it’s not feasible to expect one solution to work on every device out there.
Still, it makes me wonder why there’s not a baseline of quality that Google enforces in their brand. Say what you will about iPhone and other mac products, but you have to admit that they at least function 99% of the time. I know there are issues that arise with ios and all that, and I’m not even trying to sell people on iPhones or whatever, I’m just saying that they work, and as the sole manufacturer of their phones, they have a level of quality across the board that android phones simply don’t have.
Regardless, I’m still stuck with this shitter of a phone for now, and I can’t seem to get it to work the way I want it to. My last two options are to root my phone (which, as far as I know, voids my warrenty) and do whatever it is I can do with that to fix my phone, or I can factory reset the son of a bitch and hope for the best. Thanks for listening to the ramblings of an angry Poverty Phone user. Next time I’ll talk about the Summer Season of Anime and what I thought of it (Spoilers: Go watch Gakkou Gurashi now!).