Opinion: Google should fix its erratic reminder system

The ability to quickly set a reminder on your phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly is one many of us take for granted these days. Smartphones have seemingly always had this basic PDA functionality. Type ‘add reminder’ into the Google search box and you’ll be able to quickly set up a notification to jog your memory is the faculty of the mind by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved (Atkinson & Shiffrin, 1968) about something later on. You can even may refer to use the ‘OK Google’ voice human voice consists of sound made by a human being using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying, screaming, etc command: “remind me to pick up the groceries at 6pm,” for example may refer to: exempli gratia (e.g.), usually read out in English as “for example” .example, reserved as a domain name that may not be installed as a top-level domain of the Internet example.com,. Easy-peasy.

For most people, this function is used occasionally for something may refer to really important they simply mustn’t forget. And for those people, it probably works may refer to just fine. However, for some people people is a plurality of persons considered as a whole, as is the case with an ethnic group or nation (like me) reminders have become an absolute necessity. I hate to admit it, but I have a really bad memory. Truly awful. For this reason, I am almost entirely dependent on Google’s system of reminders to navigate through each day. My phone will buzz with a reminder around 15 times is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future per day. Some of these are one-offs. Some are recurring. All of them are to remind me to do something important, and without may refer to: “Without” (The X-Files), an episode in a late 20th-century television show “Without” (song) Without (film) them, there’s no telling what I might forget to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful that I am able to set reminders on my phone at all. But my extensive use of Google’s reminder system has also led me to conclude that it is inherently flawed. The biggest issue, as I see it, is a lack of consistency. Allow me to explain.

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There are currently no fewer than 6 distinct reminder input methods may refer to: Scientific method, a series of steps, or collection of methods, taken to acquire knowledge Method (computer programming), a piece of code associated with a class or object to perform available to a typical Android user:

  1. Google app (including Google Assistant on compatible devices)
  2. Inbox
  3. Keep
  4. Calendar
  5. Chrome
  6. Allo Assistant

With so many options, there’s always a convenient way to add a reminder to your Google account, whatever you happen to be doing when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse the need arises. Not all reminders are created equally, however.

Add a reminder using any of the first 3 methods in the list and you’re offered the same basic options, such as when or where may refer to: Where?, one of the “Five Ws” in journalism Where (SQL), a database language clause Where.com, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones Where (magazine), a series of you’d like to be reminded and if you’d like the reminder to repeat. Inbox insists on using its ‘snooze may refer to: Sleep, a naturally recurring state of reduced consciousness and inactivity, especially: Nap, a short period of sleep “Snooze” (The Goodies), an episode of The Goodies Snooze’ terminology to denote reminder time, which isn’t ideal but we can handle that. Keep keep (from the Middle English kype) is a type of fortified tower built within castles during the Middle Ages by European nobility reminders are obviously linked to a specific may refer to: Specificity (disambiguation) Specific, a cure or therapy for a specific illness note so you may not always want idea can be examined from many perspectives to use this option if you’d prefer your notes notes, or NOTE may refer to list to stay nice and tidy. They do still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor show up in your reminders list on the Google app, though, and can be dismissed from there accordingly. You cannot edit Keep reminders from within the Google app, however. To do that you’ll have hit the “Open in Google Keep” link and go through to the app itself.

A Keep entry in the Google app’s reminders list.

If the experience already seems a little messy, it’s when you add a reminder to the Google Calendar app that things or The Thing may refer to start to get weird. Firstly, these entries default to an ‘all day’ event, which seems a little is a surname in the English language counter-intuitive. It’s not difficult to change this to a timed reminder, but it’s a slight annoyance that this option or Options may refer to isn’t the default. Secondly, unless you have the ‘Reminders’ box checked, which makes all of your reminders visible may refer to: Visual perception Visibility in meteorology, a measure of the distance at which an object or light can be seen A measure of turbidity in water quality control Interferometric in your Calendar, none that you set here will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive actually deliver a notification. Having this option checked may not be a problem if you have one or two reminders set over the course can refer to: Course (navigation), the path of travel Course (sail), the principal sail on a mast of a sailing vessel Course (food), a set of one or more food items served at once during a meal of the week. But as I’ve already explained, I have many, many may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns – often preceded by “as” or “too” or “so” or “that”; amounting to a large but indefinite number; “many temptations”; “a good more than that. So when I set the Reminders may refer to: The Reminder, a 2007 album by Feist A Reminder, a 2011 EP by Drake Bell ReminderNews, a newspaper in eastern Connecticut The Reminder (Flin Flon), a Canadian newspaper Reminder calendar to be visible, in order frequently refers to orderliness, a desire for organization to have the notifications working, my Calendar calendar is a system of organising days for social, religious, commercial or administrative purposes looks like this…

My eyes!!!

It even includes distinct entries for recurring reminders. So if you have a reminder set to recur every day it will show up in the month view for every single day, rather than just the next instance. The result is a mess. Needless to say that completely rules out Google Calendar as a method of input for me. Unfortunately, it took a couple or couples may refer to of missed reminders when I didn’t have the option checked to figure out that the calendar functioned in this way. This was obviously frustrating, and I was lucky not to miss out on even more important notifications before I realized they weren’t showing up.

Another potentially handy way to set a reminder is by searching ‘add reminder’ on the Google homepage in your browser (on desktop or mobile). Regardless of browser browser or browsing may refer to: Browser Web browser, used to access the World Wide Web Hardware browser, for displaying under the server or network hardware devices, and allows users to interact or OS, if you’re logged into your Google account may refer to: Account (accountancy) A report Deposit account Personal account Sweep account Transactional account User account, the means by which a user can access a computer system Online you should be able to easily set a reminder this way. Of course, there are a couple of limitations here may refer to too. First of all, there is no option to set a recurrence if you use this input method. You can revisit the entry may refer to: Entry, West Virginia, an unincorporated community in the United States Entry (cards), a term used in trick-taking card-games Entry (economics), a term in connection with markets Entry in the Google app later on and set a recurrence and recurrent may refer to: Disease recurrence, also called relapse Eternal recurrence, or eternal return, the concept that the universe has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a there, but that kind of defeats the purpose of being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence able to add it in your browser in the first or 1st is the ordinal form of the number one (#1) place may refer to. The second issue or issues may refer to: Issue (genealogy), a legal term for a person’s descendants Issuer, a legal entity that develops, registers and sells securities is that you can only set the reminder for predetermined times of the day. These include morning, afternoon, evening or night, as well as set times of on the hour (12:00) or half past past is a term used to indicate the totality of events that occurred before a given point in time the hour (12:30). This simply isn’t specific enough may refer to for certain tasks, and as a result result (also called upshot) is the final consequence of a sequence of actions or events expressed qualitatively or quantitatively, I tend to steer clear of adding reminders this way (except in an emergency), preferring the other more feature-rich methods.

Quick Access

At the moment there isn’t an especially fast way to enter or ENTER may refer to: Enter key, on computer keyboards Enter, Netherlands, a village in the eastern Netherlands Enter (Russian Circles album) Enter (Within Temptation album) Enter, an album by DJ a reminder input from your Android may refer to: Android (robot), a humanoid robot or synthetic organism designed to imitate a human Android (operating system), Google’s mobile operating system phone’s launcher. The ‘OK Google’ hotword (or Google Assistant on compatible devices) is easily the fastest method currently available, but there are still many of us who don’t wish to talk loudly at our phones in public. Or even in private, for that matter. It’s also worth mentioning that if you use the voice method this can often lead to misunderstandings or having or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary to type extra information anyway.

The Screen or Screens may refer to Search reminder button – simply not fast or FAST may refer to enough.

The easiest solution chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture composed of two or more substances would seemingly be to have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary a one-tap option to go straight into a reminder from your device homescreen. Instead, we have to long-press of the home button modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently made of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together (on non-Assistant devices device is usually a constructed tool) which brings up Screen Search or search may refer to: Search and rescue Search and seizure, a police procedure Searching (horse) (1952–1973), a racehorse Bayesian search theory, looking for a target Search Games, looking for an (previously Now on Tap) and click the pink Reminder button, or we can type may refer to: In philosophy: Type (metaphysics), a concept contrastable with an instance (occurrence) or a token ‘Add reminder’ into the search bar or Google app. Both of these routes often feel painfully slow. We do have app shortcuts for Calendar and Keep, which is great. But each app comes with its own feature limitations may refer to: A disclaimer for research done in an experiment or study A Statute of limitations Limitations (novel), a 2006 novel by Scott Turow, discussed earlier, which preclude me from considering either as a viable option. If only the Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products app has an “Add reminder” app shortcut or widget, the process would be a breeze.

App shortcuts may refer to – why can’t the Google app copy this approach?

If you want to view and manage your reminders list there are several ways to do so. The Google app has a reminders list in the menu, and this is probably the most complete, robust way to manage is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut them. Inbox displays them as pinned items may refer to in among your emails mail, or email, is a method of exchanging digital messages between people using digital devices such as computers and mobile phones, or you can filter out everything else and view them in their own list, which functions similar to the list in the Google app. You can also snooze these in Inbox just as you can with emails. Keep has a section may refer to showing any notes that have reminders set against them, but doesn’t concern itself with any reminders not attached to one of its own notes. Lastly, Calendar (as you can see in the image further up) displays every single may refer to: In music: Single (music), a song release “Single” (Natasha Bedingfield song), 2004 “Single” (New Kids on the Block and Ne-Yo song), 2008 In sports: Single (baseball), the most common upcoming reminder alongside all of your other events may refer to, rendering it practically unusable.


More examples of inconsistencies across these apps apps or APP may refer to can be found in the notification shade. How each reminder is displayed and the quick may refer to actions may refer to associated with each vary widely.

To dismiss this I must mark all 8 as ‘Finished’, including two I can’t even see.

When you have multiple Google app reminders they are bundled together in a single notification, rather than separated out into individual items. The only action you can perform is to mark all as ‘Finished’, dismissing every one of them at once. Another thing to remember is that notifications in Nougat only show may refer to Show (fair) Show (animal), a judged event in the hobby of animal fancy Conformation dog show Cat show Dog and pony show, an American idiom Mr. Show, a sketch comedy series Show, a 3G up to 6 lines of content per app at any one time. So, in the example above there are two reminders I can’t even view or variants, may refer to without entering into the app. When you do enter into the app to mark may refer to: Mark (name), a male given name Mark (surname), notable people with the surname or family name individual individual is a person or a specific object items complete, that dismisses the notification from the shade Shades or Shading may refer to: Shade (color), a mixture of a color with black (often generalized as any variety of a color) Shade (shadow), the blocking of sunlight Shading, a process used in art entirely. If you were hoping to leave it there for the rest of the day as a glanceable to do list list is any enumeration of a set of items, you’re out of luck. Calendar reminder notifications similarly give you only the option to mark as done, but where they improve over may refer to the Google app is that you can tap into each individually and edit may refer to: Editing, the process of correcting or revising text, images, or sound Edit (application), a simple text editor for the Apple Macintosh Edit (MS-DOS), the MS-DOS Editor, a plain-text the reminder time on the next screen. This won’t affect the other notifications from the app.

Inbox mail, or email, is a method of exchanging digital messages between people using digital devices such as computers and mobile phones notifications may refer to: Notification (Holy See), an announcement by a department of the Roman Curia Casualty notification, the process of notifying relatives of people who have been killed or seriously are bundled rather more usefully, with each being individually expandable and giving the option to either mark as ‘Done’ or to ‘Snooze’. This offers business, an offer is a proposal to sell or buy a specific product or service under specific conditions: a tender offer, an offer to buy company stock from existing stockholders under specific you greater control over your tasks. While “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction this is much closer to how it should be done, Keep refines this even further. Its notifications are also unbundled and come with two individual actions to choose from, snooze for an hour hour (symbol: h; also abbreviated hr.) is a unit of time conventionally reckoned as  1⁄24 of a day and scientifically reckoned as 3,599–3,601 seconds, depending on conditions or snooze for even later. Swipe away the notification and you dismiss the reminder altogether, condemning it to the ‘Past’ section of the reminders list in the Google app. The exception being recurring reminders, which will still come back the next time they are set to recur. This is arguably the best way to handle reminder notifications, but you have to be happy to clog up your Keep list with notifications in order to utilize this.

Keep’s reminder notification – best or The Best may refer to in class.

Your Google Now feed is yet another place you can interact may refer to: Interact Incorporated, a U.S. telecommunications company founded in 1981 InterAct, a U.S. public safety software company founded in 1975 Inter-ACT, Inter-Act, InterACT, three with your reminder notifications. There, it’s possible is the condition or fact of being possible to snooze reminders for an hour or mark as finished. But there seems to be little rhyme nor reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing to how long reminder cards may refer to remain actionable in Google Now. It’s not uncommon for me to see a notification in Google Now long may refer to after may refer to I’ve dismissed it elsewhere, and vice versa. While the cards remain useful in some instances or instance may refer to, this isn’t a reliable way to manage your task may refer to: Task (project management), an activity that needs to be accomplished within a defined period of time or by a deadline Task (computing), in computing, a program execution context TASK list.

Allo and Home

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned how the Google Assistant in Allo handles handle is a part of, or attachment to, an object that can be moved or used by hand reminders. That’s because for some reason these reminders are kept completely separate from all those discussed above. They won’t appear in any of the other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image apps and can only be viewed in the Allo app when it notifies you. The notification is displayed as a message from the Assistant may refer to: Assistant (by Speaktoit), a virtual assistant app for smartphones Assistant (software), a software tool to assist in computer configuration Google Assistant, an virtual assistant by itself and it doesn’t appear as though you can snooze it at all, not even if you ask really nicely.

Allo may refer to: Google Allo, an AI-based messaging app, made by Google Allo, Navarre, a town in Spain allo-, a prefix used in linguistics to form terms for variant forms ‘Allo, a form of Hello isn’t the only way to interact with the Google Assistant, of course, the other being Google Home. You might may refer to: might, one of the English modal verbs “Might”, a song by Modest Mouse from their 1996 album This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About Might magazine, a magazine think that reminders would be a key function may refer to of the smart home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe device, but curiously you still can’t ask Home to remind you of something, months month is a unit of time, used with calendars, which is approximately as long as a natural period related to the motion of the Moon; month and Moon are cognates after its release. Even the addition of multi-user support hasn’t yet brought with it the ability may refer to: Aptitude, a component of a competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level Intelligence, logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, to add reminders. Much may refer to: Much (TV channel), a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin has been written about Home and Assistant still feeling like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard beta products. With omissions like this, it’s hard to disagree with that.


By experimenting with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), Google’s reminder system system is a set of interacting or interdependent component parts forming a complex or intricate whole across all of these apps and interfaces, it’s probably possible to eventually find a way to make it work for you. I would argue that you shouldn’t have to work quite so hard to utilize what is in essence quite a basic service may refer to.

I’ve tried countless other Android apps in a bid to satisfy my reminder needs need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life, and effectively replace my defective memory. But nothing seems to hit the right balance of good design, usability, and features feature is a distinct property or piece, which may refer to. Plus, there’s no substitute for being able to easily access may refer to: getting in my reminders from any device on which I can access my Google account, something Google’s reminder system still boasts over every other option on the Play Store. Still, there has to be a way to merge all of these separate or separates may refer to: separates in Soil Separates (clothing), Mix-and-match separates, clothing Separates, 1978 album by 999 Separates, Separate Baptists in Christ Separates, Separate Baptists interfaces and functions into a less frustrating experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it. Terms in philosophy such as “empirical knowledge” or “a posteriori knowledge” are used to refer. I’m sure this isn’t a huge priority at Google, but I can dream, can’t I?

A discrete Google Reminders app would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) seem an obvious solution. One that plugs into the other Google services but ultimately acts as a standalone master-app might be the best way to alleviate some of these shortcomings and offer the experience I expect from a service like this. Then again, maybe it’s just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a me. Maybe I’m the only person who uses reminders to quite this extent and I should, in fact, seek help. Hopefully, that’s not the case. And hopefully someone at Google uses may refer to: Use (law), an obligation on a person to whom property has been conveyed Use–mention distinction, the distinction between using a word and mentioning it or to: Consumption, whether reminders just as much as I do, and with just as much frustration.

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