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Android Jelly Bean is coming: cast your wish for new features here

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Android Jelly Bean is coming: cast your wish for new features here
Google’s I/O 2012 is mere hours away from its start and to get warmed up Android folks have already put up a Jelly Bean statue at Googleplex, confirming that the new version of the most prolific operating system is getting its next big update soon. Along with it comes a brand new tablet that will allegedly showcase all of the benefits of Jelly Bean.

But what does Android really need in JB? It’s already one of the most advanced - if not the most advanced - mobile operating systems with full-blown multi-tasking, customization with support for widgets and basically everything you can think of. What does it miss? And what would you like to see most in the upcoming Android update?

We actually think that Jelly Bean is more likely to be an incremental update for the platform, further refining the experience, much like Gingerbread refined the Froyo experience. Below are some of the features we hope Google will announce. Pick your wish and check back in with us in a few hours for full coverage of the Google I/O.

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Android Jelly Bean: wish for a feature
24.78%
314 votes
(314 votes) Intelligent voice assistant
39.46%
500 votes
(500 votes) Holo looks all the way, more refined UI
10.5%
133 votes
(133 votes) Chrome as the default browser
8.05%
102 votes
(102 votes) Unified messaging, deeper social network integration
4.81%
61 votes
(61 votes) Do not distub feature to mute the endless updates and messages
12.39%
157 votes
(157 votes) More and better stock apps - weather, Drive

1267 votes


If you have some other wishes and hopes for Jelly Bean, share them in the comments below!

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posted on 27 Jun 2012, 05:41 26

1. ilia1986 (unregistered)


" It’s already one of the most advanced - if not the most advanced - mobile operating systems with full-blown multi-tasking, customization with support for widgets and basically everything you can think of"

Wow. I'm impressed. Finally an editor on PhoneArena willing to recognize the truth without hinting or implying that iOS is somehow better..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 05:47 12

3. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


thumbs up to you sir! lol

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 05:45 9

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6490; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Here's my wish, and call me crazy, but I hope for Majel to be out, as advanced or more than she's rumored to be, available as a free app like Drive or Maps for every existing Android phone. Then announce that Project Glass will have full integration with Majel.

Not necessarily for me to use. But so I can shut anyone up bleating about Siri on the iPhone. Also, tell us officially how long Majel was in the making so Taco shuts the f**k up about it being a Siri copy.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 05:53 6

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


"Not necessarily for me to use. But so I can shut anyone up bleating about Siri on the iPhone."

OH YES PLEASE. and please make it not a gimmick like S Voice or Siri. I want functionality.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 10:07

22. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i you guys focused more on your experience and less on others' experience, you'd enjoy your phone more.

i have no idea why the fandroids on this site are so obsessed with apple and their users.

ive had an iphone, a palm pre and 2 android devices in a row now. i've loved all of them and never thought about constant comparison.

just be happy with the technological miracle that you own currently. hopefully today will bring some improvements to the gnex really soon!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 14:06

23. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 200; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


im buying you a beer sir.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 05:56

5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I'm actually more excited on knowing whether it will improve the tablet interface.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 05:58 1

6. mittalmailbox (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


I would like to see all the features you listed. hoping this time manufacturers will not take huge time to deliver to existing phones. Will be happy if they tweak Android to run even more smoother on older hardware as well as multi core chips.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 06:28 1

8. kalloud (Posts: 74; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


yes! Android must run smoother on older devices, less ram consumption..

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 06:02 1

7. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


all i want from jellybean is a fix for the signal loss problem with the galaxy nexus. 4.0.4 was ment to fix this but just made it worse and floating video screen like on s3. other than that, google should leave it alone. if i want a voice assisist app, i'll download one. also if chrome replaces my default browser, i'll download firefox and use that. chrome is rubbish

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 06:35 1

9. bubba78 (Posts: 54; Member since: 23 May 2011)


I want the stock messaging app to have the ability to "Thread group conversations, Use MMS for group messages", like the Razr and iPhone does. I know there are aftermarket messaging apps that do it, but I like using the stock one. This is the main reason I got rid of my Gnex and got a Razr. I love my Razr, but if this feature was standard on the Gnex I would switch back.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 06:44 1

10. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Do Not Disturb mode?
Where the f**k did Silent mode go?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 06:51 2

11. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 346; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


i want updates in time from every OEM.....................nothing else............

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 07:43 3

13. mercorp (Posts: 954; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Can we have an option to choose all?

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:09 1

19. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Ya I expect all of those and a few more to be honest.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:08 2

14. KennyWRX (unregistered)


Group SMS/MMS supprt and a real Email app.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:17 1

15. domspencer01 (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


I want the ability for it to transform into a lightcycle like they had for the gnex commercials!.... one can dream!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:32

16. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 86; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


SCREEN CAPTURE.

Ridiculous that you have to root your phone or use some 3rd party app to get a screenshot- it's such a rudimentary feature.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:01 2

18. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Screen capture? most androids have the ablilty to screen capture. you just gotta know which buttons to press

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 08:58

17. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Screen capture? most androids have the ablilty to screen capture. you just gotta know which buttons to press

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:29

20. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Funny. I want all of these features

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 09:38 2

21. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


How about slowing down? WP8 is just now catching up to Gingerbread......

(That was a joke, fellow WP fans... Relax...)

First off, ICS is an amazing upgrade of it's own, and a great "unifier" for Android devices. Please DO NOT go over the deep end just to "stay ahead" in the OS race when you are clearly already the most advanced system out there. Refine the experience, and let the OEMs truly take advantage of your system.

Yes, integrated social media might help, and a Siri competitor would be fine, but Androids army likes two things: the Generals like to root and customize, and the regular foot soldiers like functionality with their own personal touches. Go with your strengths, Google, and make this a smaller upgrade that takes advantage of your ICS improvements.

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