- 13 Posts
Google and Sync Question
Forgive me if these questions are ridiculous to some, but I am having a little trouble grasping some of the basic elements of my new phone. I should probably preface these questions with a brief background on myself as a user though. I pretty much had been using an awfully insufficient Droid X for the last couple years. I disliked that phone so much that I thought I would upgrade to the most robust device I could, which happened to be the Note 3. Apparently a lot has changed; I am also looking to extract more functionality out of my phone so I will need to understand the technology at a deeper level than I did on old one. Please speak to me like you would if I were a small child, or a dog.
That said, here is where I need a kind of an explanation of the relationship between Google and Syncing.
a) What is the deal with "Google location" vs regular location services? In particular, I don't really want anyone to know my location unless I have actually enabled the GPS to temporary make use of the feature (like when I need directions from my current location, I would toggle GPS to On>Open up maps>get directions>depart>arrive>toggle GPS to Off) I don't want to share my precise location with Google or any other app that decided they "needed" that permission UNLESS I am actively, manually able to control when I make that available.
b) Why do I need to have my gmail account linked to every damn app of theirs? I don't want my gmail account being used in youtube. I don't want my device calender to be copied to my gmail calender(non existent). I don't want my E-mail (MS Exchange email for work) contacts to "sync" or whatever to my gmail contacts or vice versa... Not only do I not have a good grasp on how to make this stuff (not)happen, I don't even understand what it all means..
2. Which brings me to "sync."
a) What is sync? From my previous understanding, sync meant: "I have 3 e-mails in my gmail account. But now I can view them directly through a gmail app on my phone because that app has synced with google's servers. Also, now I can compose and e-mail from that app and send it out--later when I check sent from gmail's web based interface, that e-mail (composed and sent from my device) will be there. Obviously, it is not that simple I guess.
b) What the hell is push? I thought push meant that the new e-mail that lands in my work e-mail's inbox will be forwarded instantly to my device. Contrast that with sync, where at regular intervals my device checks a server for anything new (like an e-mail), and upon finding something, will forward it to my device so I can access it directly... If that is the case, what is the advantages and disadvantages on each. And why do somethings require sync? or have sync but no push options, etc.?
3) One last thing: WTF happened to the google search bar/widget that I could type directly into from home screen and it would bring up the search results in my browser directly? Now it seems like it contains all those results within itself, and each time I select one it then opens it up in a browser... which seems unnecessary and redundant. Not to mention the stupid "ok google" voice activated search that wants more and more of my information in exchange for something that offers me no utility... "Ok Google, give me back my regular search bar from 2 years ago, along with a sense or semblance of privacy and anonymity."
If anyone can answer or enlighten me, I would appreciate it. Also feel free to berate me about how I am being stupid or lazy or whatever. Seriously don't hold back, I probably deserve it.
Thanks in advance and sorry for this rambling incoherent line of questioning, as well as my complete lack of an adequate frame of reference.
PS: What is up with a good case? I was looking for those glass screen protectors but no one at Tmobile/ATT/Verizon stores even had any idea what I was talking about... Ah nevermind this might be for another discussion
- 11-04-2013, 04:23 AM #2
- 150 Posts
Re: Google and Sync Question
The Note 3 is a great phone, but it's packed with a ton of features that some people are overwhelmed by. I'll try to address each of your questions to the best of my ability.
1A) My understanding of location services is that you can control it by toggling the GPS and disabling GPS option within the camera.
1B) Your Gmail account is used to sign in to all google services. I think it's much better having it all integrated instead of separate info for Youtube, Drive, Google+, etc. That would get kind of crazy.
Also, your work email won't sync unless you set it up to do so. Syncing can always be disabled for each service from settings>accounts>sync
2A) Sync: this feature allows you to see all of your updated info for contacts and each google app/service, which means you can make changes to contacts or emails from computer and it will all be synced on your phone (if enabled to do so). You can control the syncing interval if you want. Sync also works for non-Google stuff like Dropbox, which can come in quite handy if you store docs and photos within different cloud services. The syncing of these services can always be disabled from within phone settings.
2B) Push is a Samsung app that sends you push notifications regarding new apps and available updates for Samsung apps that are currently on the phone. I disabled (Settings>Apps>Disable) the app since I don't need it and think it might drain battery a bit.
3) You can add the persistent search bar widget by dragging it to the home screen. Tapping it will take you to search with a list of most recent searches and Google Now underneath.
The ok google hot word can be disabled from within the Google Now settings. It's not quite like the Moto X feature where it's always on if enabled.
Case & Screen Protector: TPU case or flip case would work fine. Just depends on what you want. I think the screen protector your talking about is the SPIGEN tempered glass screen cover, which is designed to protect the actual screen by breaking during a hard fall.
- 13 Posts
Re: Google and Sync Question
Thanks for that, I do appreciate it.. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said overwhelming..
To paraphrase a Mr. Johnny Quid:
"I am in need of a good education. That's what I need."
I am going to do some homework because I don't think I was quite clear in my first post. It was late last night when I posed those questions out of frustration. Once I do a bit of research, I'll hopefully be able to clarify what I was asking. Anyone else should probably disregard the previous questions until I've done a better job asking.
- 11-04-2013, 12:43 PM #4
- 890 Posts
Re: Google and Sync Question
ie: it's set up to work and sync seemlessly through a gmail account which will sync email, contacts, chrome browser info, calendar, etc. to really utilize the platform you would then use chrome on your laptop, as well as email, contacts, calendar, etc. ( sync is synchronizing information from laptop, tablet, etc to phone so that they all have the same information...."pushing" email refers to the time frame that the sync will happen...pushing means the email will update immediately when an email comes into your account, you can also choose to have the phone check for new email at longer intervals in the settings....but i digress)
when i had a windows phone, it handled my outlook calendar, msn email, and contacts seemlessly. when i first crossed over to an android phone i was frustrated by the fact that i couldn't at that time sync my outlook calendar. just like people with a bunch of stuff from itunes were frustrated that their music etc didn't cross over easily.
at some point i decided to really dive in and join the google ecosystem and crossed all of my microsoft based info, email, calendar, contacts, etc. over to gmail and google services. it has made my android experience a smooth functional one.
there are now way more apps that help incorporate non android based functions into the android experience, but you do jump through some hoops to get it all working together. so for people that are entrenched in microsoft windows programs, it might be a smoother more comfortable experience to go with a windows phone.... just like if you were used to and love the ios experience an iphone might be a better fit.
no i'm not saying that an ios user can't cross over to an android phone, i'm just saying that being pissed at google cuz your itunes doesn't play nice with your android phone is stupid, you have to acknowledge the differences in platforms and find apps that will help them play nice and be willing to jump through the hoops it might entail.
i also am not saying this is the situation you are in, i'm just saying this was a situation i was in myself, and at some point decided i loved android and was willing to switch some of my core programs to google services so that i would have a smooth experience that i enjoyed. i still have one msn email account that i choose to sync only the email for, not the contacts, calendar etc. and you can do the same....the beauty is you can choose which to sync and what not to.
the google search bar is more integrated with google now at this point. clicking on the homescreen widget takes you to the google now page and each result does take you to the internet......you can press the back button to return to the search results.....i agree though with what you are saying, i hate when an app or program that i love updates and changes....kind of like how i loved windows 7 and loathe windows 8 or how much i loved the old handcent messaging app and dislike the changes in the new version....nothing ever stays the same, even when we wish it would.
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