Proving the rule

Every O/S sucks. That’s the rule, and Android is no exception.

Don’t get me wrong: I really like my new Samsung Galaxy Appeal™.

Everything was humming along just fine, right up until I changed by Google password.

The total system freak-out by my phone that followed would have been amusing if, well, it hadn’t been my phone.

It took around 45 minutes for me figure out how to make the corresponding change in Android. That’s 45 minutes I’d like Steve Schmidt to give back to me.

1. Change the Incoming and Outgoing Gmail account passwords in the @Email applet, because, well, this isn’t linked to anything else.

2. Go into the main Settings applet, Applications… Manage Applications… Gmail and hit “Clear Data” (this might work with another one of the Google apps, but I naturally gravitated towards Gmail because, well, I wanted to read my mail).

3. Launch the Gmail applet and enter the new password.

4. Do a “Sync All” in Accounts & Sync.

From all the suggested procedures I found on the Internet that varied from the above, it’s pretty obvious that the Android developers don’t value consistency or predictability in their UI design. Unfortunately it’s not hard to find close analogues in other software projects. The disaster that was the Windows UI redesign in Vista, for example. Then there are the ongoing affronts to Western logic and user efficiency foisted on us all by each new release or Gnome.

All of which reminds me of a song from Three Dead Trolls: