Verizon just upgraded my phone to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1. It has some minor improvements, but generally speaking it isn’t much of a change. The icons look different and the email clients look newer. There is more color in the built-in apps like Calendar and Email. They have a new widget I am using for quick dial.
Overall, my impression is “Meh”. But what was I expecting? If they broke my phone it would suck, so it’s important I suppose, to reduce scope and make sure everything works perfectly.
The one area where I think they could improve the most is contact management. Specifically, the fact that I have 12 versions of the same contact. I have told my phone MANY times that I don’t want to see certain contacts, yet there they are. Apparently, they came from LinkedIn. LinkedIn has a serious issue who “who-the-heck-is-this-ism”. I like that I can join contacts together but I find that I am telling my phone over and over again to join the same people. Additionally, my corporate email doesn’t have people joined automatically.
Contact Axiom: If the person has the same email address, they are the same person. Join them!
I understand this might not be true 100% of the time. I will separate them in that case. Don’t make me join everyone that needs joining. Let me UNJOIN mistakes. I wish the phone just tried harder to be sensible.
I find myself saying that alot. I wish more systems tried a little harder to be sensible.