Google’s Gemini Chatbot: A Rushed and Frustrating Experience

Google's Gemini chatbot lacks in various aspects, including its ability to identify potential songs being played.

Gemini app on Android can’t identify songs, causing frustration | ENBLE

🔍 Gemini’s Bizarre Blunders 🤦‍♂️

If it wasn’t clear before that Google’s Gemini chatbot was rushed out the door, it is now. Gemini’s since-removed image generator put people of color in Nazi-era uniforms. 😱 But that’s not all! The chatbot’s commentary continues to tend toward the absurd, like equating Hitler’s record with Elon Musk posting memes. Really, Google?

On top of its cultural insensitivities, Gemini also breaks Google Assistant’s song recognition feature on Android. And let me tell you, as a user, that’s one of the most frustrating things about it. 😡

📱 Living with Gemini on Android

I mostly use Gemini on my aging Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, which isn’t exactly the zippiest Android smartphone out there. To make it snappier, I replaced the default home screen with a minimalist alternative called Niagara Launcher. It’s like alphabet soup but with apps. 🍲

Niagara Launcher is great, but it has its limitations. This made me dependent on Google Assistant, now Gemini, for tasks like setting timers and launching apps. However, song recognition was the feature I relied on the most. It was my go-to for identifying songs in nightclubs, restaurants, and bars—a convenience I took full advantage of. Sure, there are other song-recognition apps out there, like Apple-owned Shazam, but Google Assistant was pretty accurate in my experience.

😩 The Frustration of Lost Song Recognition

So imagine my frustration when I discovered that Gemini on Android can’t recognize songs, or even perform the basic task of funneling song ID requests to Google Assistant. 😭

When I asked Gemini to identify a song, it had the nerve to suggest using apps like Shazam or switching back to Google Assistant. As if that’s not enough, it sometimes even suggests random songs from YouTube. Seriously, Gemini? 🤔

Google Gemini song recognition fail

Now, I realize this is a first-world problem. I could launch song recognition from the Google Search app or place a dedicated song ID shortcut if I were using a conventional home screen. But what attracted me to Google Assistant’s song recognition feature was its low barrier to use. With just a voice command, I could quickly identify a song without fiddling with an app or typing anything in. It was fast and easy—a true lifesaver when you’re desperately trying to remember a song.

🤷‍♂️ A Poor Substitute for Google Assistant

To add insult to injury, I’m actually paying for the Google One AI Premium Plan, priced at $20 per month, which is supposed to grant me access to a more sophisticated and powerful Gemini experience. Perhaps it is sophisticated in other ways—ways I haven’t discovered yet, honestly. But broken song recognition, along with missing basic features like song playback and playlist creation, make Gemini a very disappointing substitute for Google Assistant on Android at present. 😔

I’ve reached out to Google for clarification on the song recognition issue via Gemini, and I’ll update this post if I hear back. 📨


🙋‍♀️ Q&A: Your Burning Questions Answered

Q1: Is Gemini available on iOS devices?

No, as of now, Gemini is only available on Android devices. iOS users will have to stick with Google Assistant for the time being.

Q2: Can I still use song recognition if I’m using a different launcher on my Android device?

Yes! If you’re using a different launcher like Niagara Launcher, you can still launch song recognition from the Google Search app or place a dedicated song ID shortcut on your home screen. It’s not as convenient as before, but it’s still possible.

Q3: What are some alternative song-recognition apps I can use on Android?

Aside from Google Assistant, there are several other popular song-recognition apps available for Android users. Shazam, SoundHound, and Musixmatch are some of the well-known options you can try.


💡 Looking Ahead: Google’s Actions and Future Developments 🔮

Gemini’s blunders and the frustrating issues plaguing it raise concerns about the rushed development and testing process behind Google’s chatbot. While mishaps are bound to happen, the level of cultural insensitivity and the failure to maintain essential features like song recognition reflect poorly on Google.

Will Google learn from this experience and invest more time and effort into refining Gemini’s capabilities and addressing its shortcomings? Only time will tell. As users, we can only hope for a better, more reliable chatbot that lives up to its potential. 🚀


🔍 Reference List 📚

  1. Google’s Gemini: What You Need to Know About the New Generative AI Platform
  2. Substack to Commit to Proactively Removing Nazi Content, Ensuring Fallout
  3. Will Facial Verification Replace Passports at UK Airports by 2024?

✍️ Author’s Note 📝

Gemini’s shortcomings have disappointed many Android users who expected a seamless transition from Google Assistant. Song recognition was just the tip of the iceberg, as Gemini’s cultural insensitivity issues and missing features hit hard. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for improvements in future updates.

Has your experience with Gemini been similar? Share your thoughts and frustrations below! And don’t forget to share this article on your favorite social media platforms. Let’s spread the word and let Google know they need to up their game! 💪

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