Changes to Android?

Posted Dec 20, 2012 at 9:15 am in Threads > Opinions

What features/changes would you personalty like to see made to Android?

  • TheVoodoo

    Less fragmentation.

    Leaps in Google TV.

    • mckeed

      Them selling the cable box group from motorola seems to be a pretty clear signal they aren’t really trying to push Google TV.

      • gmaninvan

        I disagree. The set top box market is going to be on a steady decline since people are moving to streaming services. Recording live tv isn’t going to be as critical going forward. I can see a google tv nexus device coming in 2013 in the form of a new nexus q that is feature loaded and has a simplified remote.

  • gavinb

    I’m not sure how google could improve the fragmentation issue other than promoting the Nexus. I really would like to see it though. HTC are dragging their heels over the Jelly Bean update for the One X and I’m increasingly tempted to root and install a custom rom. Any One X owners out there that can recommend a decent custom rom that doesn’t have GPS issues etc?

    • gmaninvan

      I thought they were rolling out the JB update now?

  • christiaangombert

    Numbers on menu icons. Like a small number of unread messages on the gmail icon and on the sms icon.

    • BrotherBloat

      good idea! having a feature that is widget-like, but is an actual icon – yes please :)

    • Teebor

      Oddly this happens if you set up the Mail client for a non-gmail service or exchange but doesn’t on Gmail.

      Only just noticed that, good call!

  • taz88ny

    I would like to be able to pair my phone and tablet. See incoming calls on my tablet, answering optional. Syncing text messages.

  • gmaninvan

    I would like to see a unified message platform that rolls google talk, g+ messenger, sms/mms, and any other external services via api into one app which determines the mode of communication by what the user on the other end is using.

  • securifirm

    Does anyone think that fragmentation will get any better though? After listening to Mike Shaver from Facebook talk about this…it doesn’t seem like it’s going to.

    • dino13

      I don’t see fragmantation as such a big problem, cause to some extend it never can be prevented. Google would need to do what Microsoft has done and declare some basic specs that need to be used and regain control over the updates. And with such a wide range phones available with Android I doubt that it will com some day.

      Still most of the apps can be used on 99.9% of the devices. And fragmantation has always been a problem of the techgeeks. Pretty much not one user that has no technical background is really caring for his current android version.

      • gmaninvan

        They can’t really do that or it wouldn’t be truly open source. They do that to an extent with googles proprietary apps though. To get access to the play store, you need to have certain requirements.

  • securifirm

    One feature that I’d love to see is if the manufacturer isn’t going to be push future updates for the latest and greatest version…they should allow users to easily switch to a 3rd party rom like cyanogenmod or something of the sort.

    • Teebor

      The vendors are supposed to release the code under the terms of android use which would allow things like this.

      If they don’t then you can actually challenge them on it, and there is a group who will take actions if enough people complain to them about a vendor.

      This happened with Hannspree as they didn’t release the information for their Android Hannspad. When they finally it did the devs didn’t say it helped a whole lot, but at least they did release it

  • kelltrash14

    Better control of background apps and services to prevent battery drain. First on my list, anyway. I think it would help a lot of less advanced users.

  • gmaninvan

    I am going to photoshop something up. I have an idea for the app drawer launcher which I think could make the overall look much cleaner.

  • surg3d

    Would love more hardware choices for pure android phones. Kinda wish the “Nexus certification program” rumor had been true…

    • securifirm

      Yeah…or for more manufacturers to allow their phone hardware to run stock android

  • jamal adam

    I think it would be nice to be able have more options for the lock screen widgets.