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Android and the art of awkward timing

Android and the art of awkward timing

Well, hell. Google got me. Again. You’d think I’d be used to the company’s habit of announcing things before they’re actually available by now, but nope — this past week, I fell for one of Google’s classic traps. The company put out a splashy announcement on Tuesday about a new Assistant feature, y’see. It lets

Well, hell. Google got me. Again.

You’d think I’d be used to the company’s habit of announcing things before they’re actually available by now, but nope — this past week, I fell for one of Google’s classic traps.

The company put out a splashy announcement on Tuesday about a new Assistant feature, y’see. It lets you send an audio message to anyone simply by talking to your phone. You just say, “Hey Google, send an audio message,” and poof! Just like that, your phone starts recording and then sends your spoken missive to whomever you want. Magical! Spiffy! Exciting! I couldn’t wait to try it! And then, well…

Assistant Audio MessagesJR

That’s what I saw on my Google-made Pixel 4 last Tuesday, the day the feature was announced and said to be “available in English-speaking countries around the globe, as well as in Portuguese in Brazil.” And that’s still what I see on that phone — Google’s current Android flagship device, mind you — this morning, a full week after the feature’s announcement was made.

Sigh.

It’s an all-too-familiar tale for anyone who uses Android — or any Google services, for that matter: You see Google announce some intriguing new feature or update. You say to yourself (as one does): “Gee willikers, that sure sounds useful!” You hurry to wrap your sweaty little fingies around the nearest gadget to find the feature and take it out for a spin.

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