- Mar 15, 2021
I haven't experienced anything like this on my Nexus to Pixel (with iPhone) to Samsung S21 Ultra now.Let’s be clear, this is not a Doze issue. People have been pushing that agenda for such a long time. Doze only kicks in after a certain length of inactivity, however the delayed push notification issue in Android is constant. Note I said Android, that’s because this issue affects every Android device, not just Samsung.
Someone is reading this right now thinking “my Android phones fine, I don’t have an issue with delayed push notifications”. You don’t think you do, but you do. Perform this test, and I guarantee the results will be the same no matter what Android device you use:
Repeat the above a number of times. You will note the messages come through on the iPhone without delay, but many will be delayed on the Android. There is no fix, trust me, I’ve done everything you can think of. Turning off battery optimisations for affected apps, disabling Doze via ADB, etc etc etc. There have been many “fixes”, and some do reduce the delay, but they don’t “fix” it. I’ve had Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Google Pixel, Nokia, Alcatel and every single one of them has the same issue.
- Set up both an iPhone and an Android phone with Facebook Messenger (same account)
- Make sure the screen of both devices is sleeping
- Get someone to send you a message through Facebook Messenger
It’s clear there is a fault with Android Push Notifications, and it’s been there for many years. Until Google finally admits there’s a fault and deals with it, I’m afraid Android users are stuck with the problem. From what I’ve seen of Android 12, there’s still no fix, so for now I’ll stick with iOS.
But, yeah, in another 2 years, I'll be probably be switching to an iPhone.
With every passing day, iPhone/Apple keeps winning and winning.
I'll still stick to a Windows machine as my main workstation, but, Apple is now poised to become the biggest monopoly the US has ever seen. Give it another 5-10 years.
General consumers may be sheep but they aren't that stupid.
Apple has mastered the low-hanging fruit and basics that Google still hasn't mastered -- the general message is that closed proprietary ecosystems are "winning".