10 best features of manufacturers' custom Android UIs that should be on more phones
posted by Chris P. / Oct 30, 2014, 7:32 AM
Samsung and LG handsets, for example, are well known for their massive arsenals of extras and perks, while, in comparison, Sony and Motorola phones are relatively down-to-the-point with not too many additional features on top of the stock Android experience. But the truth is that all of them have at least one feature that we love using and would like to see trickle down to other devices. Or, alternatively, for the traditionally conservative vanilla Android to include them out of the box.
Quite a few features made it to our shortlist, but we then further narrowed it down to just ten-- some of which we feel have universal appeal and would add to the Android experience. Itching to know which features ended up on the list? Go right ahead and jump into the slideshow below.
Features arranged in no particular order.
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Where is the most useful? I'm talking about the Active Display by Motorola.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 7:51 AM 10
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Knock on is the #1 thing I'm going to miss when I get rid of my G2 this fall.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 7:52 AM 6
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So why won't pick another LG.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:13 AM 1
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Lumias had it first.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:19 AM 1
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posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:46 AM 1
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Also huawei's option of downgrading the display resolution to 720p from 1080p to save battery. Found in honor 6
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:04 AM 0
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#10 can be done with a custom launcher like Nova. #9 should definitely be on all devices. I don't use my menu or recents key all that much, but I use the back key all the time, so why would the back key be so far to reach with my thumb, especially on a big phone? It bugs me that most OEM ROMs don't allow button configuration options.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:28 AM 0
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I think Samsung's S Beam and Multi-window should be on the list too.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:49 AM 3
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also a dedicated flashlight button in the notification shade. (I know lollipop has it), Full screen widgets on the lockscreen. Most of the stuff in wanam xposed and gravity box
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:56 AM 1
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I'd really like many of the awesome touchwiz features on stock android, touchwiz is ugly and bloated but the functionality is unmatched.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 9:07 AM 2
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