Sep 09, 2014

What features do you want to see in Android L?

It shouldn’t be too much longer until the next “letter” release in Android comes out. To be honest, I’ve been pretty satisfied with Android since 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and I really like 4.4 KitKat. So at this point, I’m like the kid that already has everything he wants at Christmastime - I don’t know what else to ask for. What are some features or changes that Google should incorporate in Android 5.0 (Android “L”)?

Reddit had an interested thread in the Android subreddit that asked the same question:


You might enjoy some of the answers posted by Redditors.

Trusted Reviews also has a list of features in Android L:


One of the best things about 4.4 is that Google made a real effort to make Android run much better on lower powered devices. I don’t think that this has received the attention is deserves. It is more exciting to talk about the awesome devices at the high end of the spectrum, but by focusing on the mid-range devices, Android is now much better for almost everyone that doesn’t buy a cutting edge handset. I’ve used $160 devices that feel like $400 devices did with 4.0. I hope that Google continues to empasize making 5.0 run well on all devices, and improve the user experience for millions of Android customers. 


Related to the above, I suppose, is increased smoothness. Android keeps getting better, but there is still some room for improvement. I want to see average Android devices a smooth as a new iPhone. This is particularly true since Google seems determine to emulate Apple’s love of animation in the UI. If they are going to go down this road, make those animations smooth. 


Third, I’d like to see camera improvements. There are some Android devices with decent cameras, but I really don’t think any of them are as good as the iPhone 5S camera or the best of Nokia’s Windows phones. I think that Google needs to make improvements at the code level to bring the cameras up to the level of the best competition.


Lastly, and this is a no-brainer, better battery life. I think we are at the point of diminishing returns for increasing resolution of displays, and there is no need for increased size since the step between phone and tablet is already pretty fuzzy. A focus on improved battery life should be near the top of the punch list for Google. 


That’s about it, as far as I’m concerned. I’m happy with Android 4.4, but of course there is still some room for improvement. If all of the above are accomplished in the next release, I will have to think a lot harder to come up with another version of this list for “M” Android.

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