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Google Assistant - @Google, please help!

Hello Google,

 

do you use Google Assistant or Android Auto once in a while? I don't think you do. Otherwise it wouldn't be in the state it is in. It is frustrating. I hate to say it, but in everyday usage, Siri became more helpful. Siri, the potato of voice assistants.

 

I had GAssistant running on an Samsung Galaxy S8, where I murdered Bixby with a hack and replaced it with Assistant. Every time it wouldn't work properly, I said "It's because of the hack".

Then I switched to a Huawei P20. Less absurd manufacturer software but still enough bloatware. And again, when Assistant misbehaved, I blamed it on Huaweis bad decisions.

So with the Pixel 3 being available, I bought a Pixel 3 XL. And boy, it is one great phone. But Assistant stayed the same.

In addition to the Pixel, my kitchen is equipped with a Google Home mini.

 

And this is where it all starts. My Pixel listens to "OK Google", the home mini to "Hey Google" and "Ok, Google". So imagine me standing in my kitchen saying "OK Google, play Pocket Casts". In 99% of times, the Home Mini trigger and tells me there is no such thing.

In the other 1% the Pixel responds. In 33% of this 1% it actually opens Pocket Casts and starts playing. In the second 33% it opens Spotify and plays something that is somewhat close to the words "Pocket Casts" in the last 34% it tells me it has no clue what I am talking about.

 

One thing Assistant should be excellent at is setting timers and alarms. So: Locked phone "OK Google, set a timer to 10 minutes". The screen lights up, text appears, "Alright, 10 minutes. Starting now". And it never starts. Same goes for Alarms. As soon as my phone is unlocked it works just fine. That defeats the whole purpose.

 

Apart from that, I use assistant a lot to send messages, also when I am at home. Maybe because I am cooking or whatever. So "OK Google, new message to X", it should answer with "Sure, do you want to use text message, Whatsapp or Telegram" (in al honesty, it should remember that the last 3454765 times I chose Telegram and use it as a default from there but well) but instead of reading the answer it shows it on screen and I have to tap one option. The whole point why I talked to it, is because my hands aver covered in some edible goo that I am currently cooking. For Sundars sake, it drives me nuts.

 

Luckily it knows who my wife is, because if I send a message to a friend called Rudolf Whatshisname, It asks me "You have two entries, one called Rudolf Whatshisname and one called Rudi Whatshisname, which one do you want to use?" "Rudolf Whatshisname" "Sorry, you have two contacts with that name, one called Rudolf Whatshisname and one called Rudi Whatshisname, which one do you want to use?" and until I say "The first one" I am called in an infinite loop. Later I wanted to remove "Rudi" but my stock contacts app doesn't have an entry named "Rudi". I have no clue where that comes from and at this point I am too afraid to ask.

 

Let's take writing messages to a place where I am unable to use the screen: the car. My Pixel is connected to my car via Android Auto. So again, "Send a message to my wife", "Text message, Whatsapp or Telegram?" "Telegram" "Whats the message?" <dictating the message> "Alright, your message is X. Do you want me to send it or do you want to change it?" "Send it" "Your message has been sent".

Excellent. Almost. In about 60% of the cases (no matter if I use Telegram or Whatsapp) the message is never sent. It doesn't show up as unsent in the messenger of choice but sever arrives there in the first place. First I blamed it on Telegram, then I realized the same happens in Whatsapp. The only common denominator is Google Assistant.

This if far worse than annoying. I actually ran into issues due to this since I didn't send messages that I had checked as sent in my mind.

 

And then there is Android Auto itself. Oh well, in general it is a much better concept that Apple Carplay in my eyes but it is laggy as hell, often parts of it don't respond any more (most of the time, the "next direction" on the start page, doesn't jump back to maps, the maps button at the bottom does).

When invoking Assistant inside Android Auto, sometimes, the voice bar doesn't show up at all, but recognition starts. Sometimes recognition also doesn't start.

Switching from e.g. Maps to Music takes forever. Before I blamed it on Samsungs and Huaweis bloatware slowing down the system. Now I am using your 1000€ top of the line, vanilla, flagship phone with official Google software.

 

I know this should be a lot of bug tickets that I open in the "Android Auto/Assistant" section of your bug tracker. I looked for a way to open tickets. The only thing I find is "Tell us how you like Assistant/Android Auto". Here I am. I hate it. It could be so great. 

It is so much smarter than Alexa and Siri, but fails miserably at a lot of basics. Stuff you should encounter every day if you just used it like your customers do.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Bastian

 

Telekom Datenvolumen Widget

In der Bits und so 604 hatte ich über mein selbstgebautes Android Widget gesprochen, welches das aktuell verbrauchte Datenvolumen des Telekom Vertrags in angepasster Form darstellt. 

Hierzu lädt Tasker alle 5 min, falls es gerade nicht im WLAN ist, über pass.telekom.de den aktuellen Datenvolumenstatus und speichert den in einer kwgt Variable. 

Ein Tasker-Profil, welches die Aktion alle paar Minuten auslöst muss man sich selbst bauen. 

Außerdem sollte man sich "SetVariable TelekomMaxData" editieren um das maximale Datenvolumen des Vertrags auszulesen (zugegeben, war ich zu faul das auch noch aus der Seite zu parsen).


Das Widget dann in kwgt importieren und sich ein 4x1 Widget auf dem Homescreen anlegen. Hier mein Widget auswählen. 

Wem das Widget zuviel Whitespace hat oder es einfach nicht mag, kann sich auch gerne einfach die Überlappungsgruppe Telekom-Daten rauskopieren und ein eigenes Widget bauen. 

Alle Downloadlinks findet man hier:

 

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macOS: Standard Tastatur Layout

Seit etlichen Versionen von macOS habe ich das Problem, dass das System nach jedem Reboot vergisst welches Tastaturlayout mein Favorit ist und auf das US Layout zurückfällt. Wenn man Sonderzeichen im Passwort hat, fällt das wenigstens sofort auf sobald man sich einloggt.

Wie man sich vorstellen kann, ist der Apple Support hierfür maximal nutzlos.

 

Nach kurzem Graben, stellt sich heraus, dass macOS sich US für meinen User als Default Layout gespeichert hat. Warum auch immer.

Das ganze ändert man im Terminal mit folgendem Kommando recht einfach dauerhaft auf ABC-QWERTZ:

 

defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.HIToolbox AppleDefaultAsciiInputSource -dict InputSourceKind "Keyboard Layout" "KeyboardLayout ID" -int 253 "KeyboardLayout Name" ABC-QWERTZ

 

Copy, Paste, Fertig, Bumm!

 

Wer jetzt was anderes als ABC-QWERTZ will hat zwar vermutlich unrecht kann aber ID und Name ganz einfach herausfinden. Dazu einfach das gewünschte Layout einstellen und dann im Terminal folgendes ausführen: 

 

 defaults read ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.HIToolbox.plist AppleSelectedInputSources

 

Dort findet man die ID , sowie den Namen und den kann man dann einfach an den folgenden Stellen im eigentlichen Kommando ersetzen:

 

defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.HIToolbox AppleDefaultAsciiInputSource -dict InputSourceKind "Keyboard Layout" "KeyboardLayout ID" -int <ID> "KeyboardLayout Name" <NAME>

 

Das angepasste Kommando wieder im Terminal ausführen, fertig.

 

MOOV - DAS BESTE SPORT GADGET

Vielleicht hat man an der ein oder anderen Stelle in Bits und so gehört oder gesehen, dass ich den moov* für ein extrem großartiges Stück Gadget zum Laufen, Schwimmen und Radfahren halte. Wenn nicht sogar für das großartigste Gadget bisher. Wem diese tl;dr version schon reicht und eine dieser Sportarten regelmäßig ausübt kann jetzt auf kaufen klicken und glücklich werden.

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Google Assistant - @Google, please help!

Hello Google,

 

do you use Google Assistant or Android Auto once in a while? I don't think you do. Otherwise it wouldn't be in the state it is in. It is frustrating. I hate to say it, but in everyday usage, Siri became more helpful. Siri, the potato of voice assistants.

 

I had GAssistant running on an Samsung Galaxy S8, where I murdered Bixby with a hack and replaced it with Assistant. Every time it wouldn't work properly, I said "It's because of the hack".

Then I switched to a Huawei P20. Less absurd manufacturer software but still enough bloatware. And again, when Assistant misbehaved, I blamed it on Huaweis bad decisions.

So with the Pixel 3 being available, I bought a Pixel 3 XL. And boy, it is one great phone. But Assistant stayed the same.

In addition to the Pixel, my kitchen is equipped with a Google Home mini.

 

And this is where it all starts. My Pixel listens to "OK Google", the home mini to "Hey Google" and "Ok, Google". So imagine me standing in my kitchen saying "OK Google, play Pocket Casts". In 99% of times, the Home Mini trigger and tells me there is no such thing.

In the other 1% the Pixel responds. In 33% of this 1% it actually opens Pocket Casts and starts playing. In the second 33% it opens Spotify and plays something that is somewhat close to the words "Pocket Casts" in the last 34% it tells me it has no clue what I am talking about.

 

One thing Assistant should be excellent at is setting timers and alarms. So: Locked phone "OK Google, set a timer to 10 minutes". The screen lights up, text appears, "Alright, 10 minutes. Starting now". And it never starts. Same goes for Alarms. As soon as my phone is unlocked it works just fine. That defeats the whole purpose.

 

Apart from that, I use assistant a lot to send messages, also when I am at home. Maybe because I am cooking or whatever. So "OK Google, new message to X", it should answer with "Sure, do you want to use text message, Whatsapp or Telegram" (in al honesty, it should remember that the last 3454765 times I chose Telegram and use it as a default from there but well) but instead of reading the answer it shows it on screen and I have to tap one option. The whole point why I talked to it, is because my hands aver covered in some edible goo that I am currently cooking. For Sundars sake, it drives me nuts.

 

Luckily it knows who my wife is, because if I send a message to a friend called Rudolf Whatshisname, It asks me "You have two entries, one called Rudolf Whatshisname and one called Rudi Whatshisname, which one do you want to use?" "Rudolf Whatshisname" "Sorry, you have two contacts with that name, one called Rudolf Whatshisname and one called Rudi Whatshisname, which one do you want to use?" and until I say "The first one" I am called in an infinite loop. Later I wanted to remove "Rudi" but my stock contacts app doesn't have an entry named "Rudi". I have no clue where that comes from and at this point I am too afraid to ask.

 

Let's take writing messages to a place where I am unable to use the screen: the car. My Pixel is connected to my car via Android Auto. So again, "Send a message to my wife", "Text message, Whatsapp or Telegram?" "Telegram" "Whats the message?" <dictating the message> "Alright, your message is X. Do you want me to send it or do you want to change it?" "Send it" "Your message has been sent".

Excellent. Almost. In about 60% of the cases (no matter if I use Telegram or Whatsapp) the message is never sent. It doesn't show up as unsent in the messenger of choice but sever arrives there in the first place. First I blamed it on Telegram, then I realized the same happens in Whatsapp. The only common denominator is Google Assistant.

This if far worse than annoying. I actually ran into issues due to this since I didn't send messages that I had checked as sent in my mind.

 

And then there is Android Auto itself. Oh well, in general it is a much better concept that Apple Carplay in my eyes but it is laggy as hell, often parts of it don't respond any more (most of the time, the "next direction" on the start page, doesn't jump back to maps, the maps button at the bottom does).

When invoking Assistant inside Android Auto, sometimes, the voice bar doesn't show up at all, but recognition starts. Sometimes recognition also doesn't start.

Switching from e.g. Maps to Music takes forever. Before I blamed it on Samsungs and Huaweis bloatware slowing down the system. Now I am using your 1000€ top of the line, vanilla, flagship phone with official Google software.

 

I know this should be a lot of bug tickets that I open in the "Android Auto/Assistant" section of your bug tracker. I looked for a way to open tickets. The only thing I find is "Tell us how you like Assistant/Android Auto". Here I am. I hate it. It could be so great. 

It is so much smarter than Alexa and Siri, but fails miserably at a lot of basics. Stuff you should encounter every day if you just used it like your customers do.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Bastian

 

Telekom Datenvolumen Widget

In der Bits und so 604 hatte ich über mein selbstgebautes Android Widget gesprochen, welches das aktuell verbrauchte Datenvolumen des Telekom Vertrags in angepasster Form darstellt. 

Hierzu lädt Tasker alle 5 min, falls es gerade nicht im WLAN ist, über pass.telekom.de den aktuellen Datenvolumenstatus und speichert den in einer kwgt Variable. 

Ein Tasker-Profil, welches die Aktion alle paar Minuten auslöst muss man sich selbst bauen. 

Außerdem sollte man sich "SetVariable TelekomMaxData" editieren um das maximale Datenvolumen des Vertrags auszulesen (zugegeben, war ich zu faul das auch noch aus der Seite zu parsen).


Das Widget dann in kwgt importieren und sich ein 4x1 Widget auf dem Homescreen anlegen. Hier mein Widget auswählen. 

Wem das Widget zuviel Whitespace hat oder es einfach nicht mag, kann sich auch gerne einfach die Überlappungsgruppe Telekom-Daten rauskopieren und ein eigenes Widget bauen. 

Alle Downloadlinks findet man hier:

 

2 Kommentare

macOS: Standard Tastatur Layout

Seit etlichen Versionen von macOS habe ich das Problem, dass das System nach jedem Reboot vergisst welches Tastaturlayout mein Favorit ist und auf das US Layout zurückfällt. Wenn man Sonderzeichen im Passwort hat, fällt das wenigstens sofort auf sobald man sich einloggt.

Wie man sich vorstellen kann, ist der Apple Support hierfür maximal nutzlos.

 

Nach kurzem Graben, stellt sich heraus, dass macOS sich US für meinen User als Default Layout gespeichert hat. Warum auch immer.

Das ganze ändert man im Terminal mit folgendem Kommando recht einfach dauerhaft auf ABC-QWERTZ:

 

defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.HIToolbox AppleDefaultAsciiInputSource -dict InputSourceKind "Keyboard Layout" "KeyboardLayout ID" -int 253 "KeyboardLayout Name" ABC-QWERTZ

 

Copy, Paste, Fertig, Bumm!

 

Wer jetzt was anderes als ABC-QWERTZ will hat zwar vermutlich unrecht kann aber ID und Name ganz einfach herausfinden. Dazu einfach das gewünschte Layout einstellen und dann im Terminal folgendes ausführen: 

 

 defaults read ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.HIToolbox.plist AppleSelectedInputSources

 

Dort findet man die ID , sowie den Namen und den kann man dann einfach an den folgenden Stellen im eigentlichen Kommando ersetzen:

 

defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.HIToolbox AppleDefaultAsciiInputSource -dict InputSourceKind "Keyboard Layout" "KeyboardLayout ID" -int <ID> "KeyboardLayout Name" <NAME>

 

Das angepasste Kommando wieder im Terminal ausführen, fertig.

 

MOOV - DAS BESTE SPORT GADGET

Vielleicht hat man an der ein oder anderen Stelle in Bits und so gehört oder gesehen, dass ich den moov* für ein extrem großartiges Stück Gadget zum Laufen, Schwimmen und Radfahren halte. Wenn nicht sogar für das großartigste Gadget bisher. Wem diese tl;dr version schon reicht und eine dieser Sportarten regelmäßig ausübt kann jetzt auf kaufen klicken und glücklich werden.

mehr lesen 4 Kommentare

* Widget