This article started as a short piece titled “Google’s Tasks App is Pointless.” As I wrote, it turned out I had much more to say on what is becoming a growing issue with Google’s approach to product development.
The company has adopted a pattern of fragmenting its services, making them more confusing to use and often considerably less functional.
Some would say Google has been doing this for years, but things only seem to be getting worse, not better.
While this function was available before the visual revamp, it was only for G Suite customers and buried in settings most folks would never turn on.
Furthermore, it was not joined by a companion Android app — an all-important step in making the product fully mainstream — until the Gmail refresh.
I was excited to try Tasks because in addition to contributing to DGiT, I run a business with offices in three locations on two continents.