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Two Android Negatives (So Far)
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Just two flies in the Android ointment, so far...

Firstly, the Note 3 has voice recognition, via a Samsung app called S Voice. In theory it listens all the time when on standby for, "Hi Galaxy". This phrase then turns the phone on, and it waits for further voice commands. On paper it's a great feature. In reality it turns on "randomly" e.g. in the middle of meetings, when playing podcasts, even when I'm asleep. So basically this feature is useless.

Secondly, it's vital for me that the phone can also function as a music player - specifically that it can take several playlists from iTunes, and that it just works. I've tried using doubleTwist, which on paper looks great: it has iTunes syncing support (wireless), supports iTunes smart playlists, supports Last.FM scrobbling, and also supports podcasts. In reality it's not working well. One caveat is that I changed the music storage from internal to SD card part way through syncing, but the program didn't complain and just carried on. Even so, half the tracks appear to be missing, album art and ratings are missing on a large number of tracks, and Last.FM support is bugged (every time the track is paused e.g. during Waze navigation, it resubmits the track to Last.FM). I'm debating whether to just reset the database, delete the existing tracks, and start again on only the SD card, but I'm checking with doubleTwist support first.

If I can't get doubleTwist to be stable then I'll have to revert back to Google Play Music. That's not the end of the world, but it doesn't support Smart Playlists.
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