I’ve been on the various Windows mobile platforms since Windows CE, through 2003, Windows Mobile 5, 6 and 6.5, and most recently into the Windows 10 environment. I’ve been a big supporter/evangelist of the OS, particularly the current UI and the way my stuff syncs so well with my desktop and Surface tablet.
That said, my latest phone (BLU Win HD LTE) had been acting up, with LiveTiles not updating and Edge browser really mucking up many websites. I finally gave in and picked up an ASUS Zenphone 3 Max with Android 6.0.
On the plus side, the Zenphone is a nice piece of kit. It’s very snappy and the battery is killer. The display is gorgeous and the sound quality on calls is much better than the BLU. I’m happy with the hardware.
But I just don’t get why Android captured so much marketshare. The OS is – coming from Windows – a kludgey mess, and while I now have all the apps I could want, the interoperability just isn’t there. It took me two days (and several factory resets) to figure out how to get Outlook to work as the default email/calendar/contact app rather than Gmail, but I think I’ve finally got that sorted away.
My big outstanding issue right now (until something else rears up) is the lack of Bluetooth SMS to speech in my car. I have a 2013 Kia Rio SX, and with my Windows phones I simply paired the device and had full interface with texting through Bluetooth. Incoming texts were announced (text to speech) through the head unit, and I had the option to reply (speech to text) or call back. It was very handy, and I used it daily. Now, while the phone is paired for calls and music, I don’t seem to have the SMS to speech feature. I’ve read up on “Android Auto” but that seems to be only available in 2015 and newer vehicles.
This isn’t a deal-breaker, but it’s something I’d really like to have working again. Anyone here have a similar situation they’ve been able to get to work?