Question/Issue for ML on Pixel 3 XL

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Question - is anyone using ML like me, on a Pixel 3, Cortana disabled, and Google as device assistant? I love ML but have no interest in using Cortana. But I have to make ML my device assistant to get notification counts on my phone/sms apps (which I rely on heavily). I kind of understand not showing phone/sms details in the Glance feed due to Google Play policy, but I don't understand the notification dot constraint (pretty much every launcher on the Play store will display notification badges without being device assistant).

 

Issue - when I long press an app in top row of my dock, the dock expands and my app is moved when all I want is to access the app shortcuts. Only workaround I've found is to lock my home screen, but I find that annoying because I'm constantly tinkering with parts of the launcher and don't like to lock it down. Using 5.4.1.51375.

 

FYI - I'm find the TechCommunity website very hard to use. I wish this was on reddit or there was an app. And when I click on Unread posts it shows far fewer posts than are actually unread.

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@Deleted Thanks for your feedback! Well noted about your feedback. We will look at it, thanks!

@Ann_Yao_680   Surely there is a fix for this notification dot problem.  I also use the Google Assistant as my phone assistant have recently had to switch to Lawnchair launcher because I couldn't take not having the notification badge/dot show up for Google Messages.  I could switch to QKSMS as my SMS app and the notifications would work again, but as much as I like the look and feel of that app, after a couple of days of using it I realized it has some real-world deficiencies compared to Google Messages.  So I have to use GM, which means ML had to go until this issue is fixed.

 

Please make this a priority!  It's been going on far too long.  Thanks.

@BlakeInBigD   @Ann_Yao_680 The notification badge issue has improved. ML beta now allows you to display notification dots/numbers without ML being the device assistant. But your notification badges will be more accurate with ML as device assistant. I've noticed delays in notification badges updating which is annoying, but better than nothing I suppose.

 

There are certain features I love about ML, plus my job requires Win10 and O365. But I don't use Cortana, Bing, or Edge, and I can't use the People card without setting ML as device assistant. So I'm always debating whether to stick with ML or look at something else since there are so many functions I'm not using.

 

As for this tech community site, I still find it very cumbersome to use.