10 features from custom ROMs that would have made Android Lollipop even better


What is it that makes Android unique when compared to Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows Phone? Looking at the big picture, it has got to be the platform's open source nature. And this isn't simply something that Android checks off an imaginary and inconsequential checklist – it's truly one of its greatest assets. Just ask the tens of millions of people that hang out at places like xda-developers.com and the like.

So strong is that one selling point of Android that it has spawned a legion of third-party developers that make it their hobby (or job) to fork, hack, mod and customize Android. With patience and perseverance and some help from the community, there's little you can't do on Google's mobile OS, so long as you're willing, of course.

And willing many of us are. Whether it's a simple modification or a serious intervention – such as changing the Android software (or ROM) – fans are literally lining up to wait for updates to their favorite custom ROMs. Why? Because those folks don't much care for Google- or manufacturer-imposed limitations to what they can or should do with their devices, especially since they actually have a say. More importantly, however, many would argue that due to that tremendous activity by third-party devs and the community surrounding their "goods", Android is consistently becoming better and better.

The truth, however, is that Google is quite conservative with adding new features to the core AOSP (Android Open Source Project), and we can't fault them – we wouldn't want the OS to become bloated beyond recognition. That said, occasionally, specific goodies jump in our face and we can't help but feel like this or that extra would make a great and logical addition to stock Android. So we decided to compile a list of features that we feel would not go against the spirit of stock Android. Find the list below.


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28 Comments

1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

nothing like a custom rom and root access

9. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Well except for the last one, I think everything is there on every galaxy mobile.

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

And people still continue to bash TouchWiz for being overpacked.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It is possible to have a phone with great features that's visually not appealing. That's how I feel about TouchWiz.

28. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

yup...all the features except the last one is present in touchwiz.... haters everywhere !

15. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

haha well including last one mostly everything is there on My LG G2.. :)

26. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

I am using touchwiz... And have not used stock android... And i can't imagine android without little features of touchwiz...

2. Bridgep0rt

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

I have to agree, tap to awake on my HTC M8 is one of my fav feat. BECAUSE I USE IT EVERYTIME!

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, I liked 'em all and Google should include 'em in Lollipop too but the most I liked is Smart 3G, that is one of a cool feature.

4. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Well, rooted Android is the same as a jailbroken iPhone isnt it? So really, what advantage at all?

21. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

No, they are not the same.

5. Plesman88

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Why would a normal user want to reboot there phone? If it's because bad software is chocking up your phone, than you should use other software. I can't think of another reason? So basically if there are no good reasons, adding a reboot option would imply that your software is bad. And that's not what Google would want obviously. Anybody here has a good reason to reboot there phones?

6. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Also, you can reboot the phone by holding in the power button for five seconds.

7. Valdomero

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Sometimes the OS just doesn't work as desired, or sometimes the apps messes with the phone and you have to restart it. I used stock Android 4.4 in my Nexus 4 and rarely needed to reset the phone. Now that I have sideloaded Android 5.0 (day 2) I haven't seen any issues so far. I like to think of it as an insurance option. Sometimes It's better having it and not needing it than needing it and not having it.

27. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

their* I need to reboot my Samsung fairly often, because PdaNet+ hangs and doesn't work (and FC'ing doesn't fix it). Presumably this problem would happen on my Nexus 4, but I don't use it for my computer's internet at home. Sometimes other apps misbehave too. On my Nexus 4, I use a custom ROM with an "advanced" power menu, which means I can power off, reboot, reboot into recovery, or reboot into bootloader. I reboot into recovery quite often to do Nandroid backups, restores, kernel flashes, etc. Granted, 99.999% of people don't need this, but a simple reboot function wouldn't go amiss. And if you're rooted and use Xposed, then you're all too familiar with rebooting over and over and over and over and over...

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lollipop took away Xposed, for now and the dev is not clear when to have the support back. I love stock rom on my Nexus 7 but installing a shiny new custom rom, just for the sake of nifty features, doesn't fit my stride. Thats when Xposed came to the rescue. On the note, Lollipop isn't that great. The only thing I liked about it is ART, everything else is sucks aside from the UI overhaul. Even apps listed as compatible also has issues. If I had time I would revert back to stock 4.4.4. IMHO

10. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Split screen mode like on the note, one hand use like on iPhone 6+, notification counter like on iPhone apps.

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I agree with this list 100%, stock android is lacking features, and Google is still ignoring basic functionality! And where the F*** is native theme engine, its just comical to see android being touted as the most customizable OS yet doesn't have themes!

24. wesley.

Posts: 216; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, not everyone wants a white background in most menus, me included.

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And I hate this overly transparent look of material design throughout the system UI.

16. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Google is starting to look like ios on 2g. I started using it in 2008 after symbian nokia and i was like, umm... I had like 8 icons and couldnt do s**t... But than jailbrake came and all was right. Good thing i can root my phone, bad thing i have samsung knox...

17. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Nexus 6 does support doube tap to wake, its just disabled by Google right now , reports said its a battery drainer and maybe Google would enable it again in the future.

18. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Didn't know these were not available on stock! They're like simple options which help everyone has his phones suit his personal needs! And they're thinking of making root become harder! Pichai gtfo!

19. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I must admit, I thought these things were in stock android, quite surprising, then again I've only really been using touchwiz versions with samsung galaxy products, and since people said stock is better then that surprises me that these things are lacking.

20. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I have most of features on stock Android kitkat via gravity box and gel settings thanks to xposed. This is why im not upgrading my nexus 5 to android 5.

22. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm sticking with KK on my Nexus 4 for the time being too. LiquidSmooth plus some Xposed tweaks make this phone perfect for me.

23. wesley.

Posts: 216; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Touchwiz FTW! Touchwiz already had most of these features, making a much better user experience than stock Lollipop, which has already copied many Touchwiz features, but not enough.

25. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

How about the ability to skip a music track by holding to volume up button so I don't have to take the phone out of my pocket?

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