Google Fi has been dropping a huge percentage of my calls lately, and I've been unfairly reminiscing about the good old days with a heavy Nokia 5100 series phone.
You're holding it wrong
More than a decade ago, when they abandoned desktop and regular users and only focused on enterprise, they made their biggest mistake. Where do you think Ubuntu Server users come from?
The main user case would be getting brief information of all sorts faster and with less effort.
Less effort than what? taking a phone in your hand and unlocking it by swiping the screen? And people wonder why there's an obesity epidemics...
I really wanted to use Google+. Having waited some weeks for an early invite, when I finally managed to get in last year, I felt something was not right. There was no feature that I disliked — in fact I quite liked Hangouts. But something about the design — the color scheme, borders, layout, fonts, sizes and shapes of elements — just put me off. Instead of the ‘cozy’ (or is it ‘organic’?) feel of a social networking site, I felt as I was inside some sort of email client or RSS reader. After a while, the initial excitement died. I, like many of my early adopter friends, found myself returning to Facebook.
In short, would Google+ have done better if only it had looked better?
May Euell Gibbons eat your only copy of the manual!