I did dear to configure my DNS differently from my ISPs provided DNS service and had to discover that I received bad DNS responses resulting in ping times to for example Google of 5x.
My best trick is to have reserved a song for when our kids are hurt. I sing this song to my kids only when they hurt themselves and they are crying. It takes the edge of the pain within a couple of seconds, all the time.
Here is for the hope of making the app launcher menu configurable. I don't give a ... if a Google app is popular. I want the things I use and not the options I don't care about.