Google seems to become more and more annoying.
slow. Not just slow, but slow. Any random
apt-get update will take ages; just sitting there
waiting for Google's servers to send any data. Downloading actual
packages is slow, as well.
Ironically, Google's PageRank will punish sites for loading slowly; it's a pity they don't use their considerable server & bandwidth capacities to fix slowness they are causing, themselves.
Copy and paste is a central part of what I use a mouse for. X has had two copy buffers for as long as I can remember, one for mouse selection, pasting with middle mouse button and one for CTRL-c/CTRL-v. Chrome merges the two.
That's bad enough in and as of itself, but every time Chrome gets focus, it will clobber anything you may have in your copy buffers at that time with anything that's selected. No matter if you selected it via mouse, via keyboard, a context switch autoselected something. Selection goes into buffer. Every time. Every. Single. Time.
To add insult to injury, this is dependent on which tab is active. And if you happen to search on the site (CTRL-f), it will always use what's in the search bar to clobber buffers, no matter if anything on the actual website has been selected.
I can't find the bug report about this at the moment, but Google's stance is that this is a feature and introducing an option for traditional copy & paste handling is not desirable.
I get that they feel a need to combat Facebook, but still, pushing Google+ on you is just annoying. At least the Android application has had a permission change on ICS so it can not auto-update. It's the little things ;)
Unified branding, the need to support touch-based devices in their UI, etc. Still, GMail's new interface sucks and the old one will be going away for good. And while making some UI elements larger or displaying them unconditionally makes sense for hand-held portrait displays, this is highly annoying on wide-screen landscape displays. 1366x768 may have overtaken 1024x768, but 768 is a constant here and still not a lot.
As an aside, hopefully the Apple Effect and the iPad 3 will break the age-long stalemate with regards to screen resolution. More is better, here.
Using stock Android means you won't get Facebook and other useless apps pre-installed. Yet, uninstalling stock applications, like Google+, is impossible.
It's nice that I get to see what kind of access an application would like to have. It's not nice that I can not choose what access I am willing to grant any given application. I can make a binary decision, install or not install, but I can't refuse random access rights to applications. There are custom versions of Android out there which allow you to do this and many applications seem to cope with being unable to do some things. This should be a standard feature.
The concept of "access to USB storage" meaning "whatver your SD card or, in the Galaxy Nexus' case, just a specific directory" is also broken. There is a middle ground between "this application needs access to a large chunk of storage" and "this application needs complete access to said large chunk". Just assign the application a specific directory to write into and read from and done's done.
I can not hand anyone my phone to play a game or surf the Internet without giving them the ability to look through all my email, contacts, calendar, you name it. While I only give my phone to people I trust completely, this still sucks.
How hard can it be to create a minimal guest mode which allows people to access a few pre-selected applications with a custom setting of if they are allowed to use cellular data and/or WiFi?
Ah, the big one.... Keep in mind that I am using Google's latest and greatest, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus GSM. It's as cutting-edge as you can get.
Yes, having one continuous storage device is nice. But MTP support on Linux is abysmal and you are forced to access your data by means of MTP or PTP. gphoto2, gwenview, and gthumb are all unable to import any photos via PTP; no program I tried can transfer anything via MTP. gphoto2 will transfer the background images which APOD (highly recommended, by the way; there's also a donation application for this) stores on my phone. That's it.
So, unless I send email to myself, use WiFi-based hacks, or root my phone, I can not access my data. On the strongest mobile platform in the world. Using the most powerful and versatile OS with up-to-date packages. In 2012. Yay.
Not being able to access my data is a Bad Thing. Even worse is when others can access my data. Contrary to older Android versions, someone decided that it would be a good idea to allow MTP or PTP, only. As in "you can not disable MTP and PTP. One of them has the be activated." This is awesome when you want to charge your phone at an airport or at an acquaintance's possibly malware-ridden Windows machine. Everyone and their bot-herder can potentially access my data while I can not.
And while MTP/PTP is an either/or decision, they are using check-boxes, not radio buttons. There's a decade or more of UI experience about check-box versus radio button, so why not use it? I know of at least one owner of a Galaxy Nexus who was not even aware that he couldn't turn off MTP (the default) as the UI pretends otherwise.
And good luck trying to contact anybody about this. Having filed a few bugs against Google stuff in the past, I simply gave up on it. Back when Gmail's mailing list filtering and labelling system was somewhat broken, I spent months hunting down people who knew people who knew someone who was able to actually do something about it.